Is it time for new hardwood floors in your home? When selecting your floors, there are various decisions to make, one of which is the color. Different colors of hardwood add different qualities to a room. A dark hardwood adds a sense of richness, warmth, and luxury to a room, while light hardwood creates the illusion of more space, really opening a room up.
In this article, we’re going to consider dark hardwood floors. If you’ve chosen the dark side, then this will help you decide which type of flooring is best for you.
Dark hardwood flooring options
Mahogany – This dark hardwood provides a classic, rich look for floors and furniture. It is available in a chocolately brown and a deep red-brown color. It is an incredibly tough hardwood and is fairly resistant to water, but it can be an expensive choice.
Cherry – This rich brown hardwood looks amazing as flooring, with hints of red adding to its appearance. It can also become darker as it ages, providing a range of tones. Cherry can be difficult to install, so will definitely need professional installation. It is also prone to scratches so will require occasional refinishing.
Walnut – Walnut is one of the lighter dark hardwoods available, so can provide a nice medium between extremely dark and light shades. It is extremely durable but isn’t one of the cheapest options on this list.
Hickory – Hickory is an extremely tough and durable hardwood, making it suitable for high-traffic areas. It is a more porous material compared to other hardwoods, however, so might not be ideal for households where spills are likely. It can be well suited to modern homes as well as more rustic styles.
Red Oak – Oak is a very popular material for hardwood floors. If you want that darker and slightly reddish hue to your floors, then red oak is a great choice. It’s just as durable as white oak and produces a lovely, timeless look. This one is also pretty porous, so should be kept out of bathrooms and kitchens.
Staining hardwood floors
Rather than buying these dark hardwoods, your other option is to apply stain to wood flooring to create the color you desire. This can save you money as you can simply refinish your current floor rather than buying new. Or you may like the physical properties of a certain wood, like the eco-friendliness of bamboo, but would prefer a darker color. This gives you great flexibility because you can choose almost any stain color you’d like. Remember that some wood materials are easier to stain than others.
Are you ready to choose a new dark hardwood floor for your home? Contact us for any help with selecting or installing your hardwood floors. We serve customers in and around Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.