There is a plethora of options that come from selecting hardwood floors. From size, textures, and colors, as well as types of hardwood floor species and manufacturing, there is solution to complete any look and wood floors are not a one size fits all. Today, we would like to share the pros and cons of selecting dark hardwood flooring versus light hardwood flooring.
What Color Wood Floor is Best in Your Home?
Where some people simply prefer the darker or lighter colors for their wood floors, others like the look of both and want to weigh out the advantages and disadvantages they offer. To start leaning one way or another, consider your preferences, what the style of home is along with the style of the décor. Factor in the business of the household’s coming and going, any indoor pets, how much time and dedication you put into your home’s cleaning routine as well as how obvious the dirt and dust is currently on the surfaces of your home. Other circumstances to contemplate is the size rooms, how much natural light envelops a room, and the color of the interior structure, be sure to consider if you intend on painting the rooms to change the colors. Finally, the furnishings, cabinetry, and accessories have influence as well.
Hardwood Floor Color Stains
In the last several years, the darker stains have been trending in most homes and businesses and continues to grow in popularity for hardwood floors. Following the darker hardwood floors, the natural wood floor, that is not stained is also rising in popularity. However, just because the darker colors are the popular options does not mean you need to jump on the bandwagon if you are shying away from the darker colors. With pros and cons to each, ultimately, you need to weigh in these factors before selecting the color of your choice.
Footprints on Dark Wood Floors & Other Cleaning Concerns
One of the biggest factors is how clean the different shades look, especially for people that may only have time to properly clean their floors weekly. The lighter shades have an advantage as they tend to let less dirt show than darker hues. You can hack this advantage if you prefer the darker tones, by simply selecting a shade or two lighter than your initial attraction. For example, if you are drawn to ebony, consider a jacobeen color instead to make the dirt and debris less obvious while enjoying the darker hardwood floor stains. Additionally, a satin finish, which most agree is more stylish, will make the dirt, scratches, dents, and other imperfections less obvious. Another tip to minimize the dirt for those that like the darker hardwood floors, is to implement a no shoes worn indoors rule and keep walk-off mats both on the exterior and interior of each door that leads outdoors. It will also help the floor last longer as well.
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When it comes down to it, choosing a lighter or darker hardwood floor color comes down to personal tastes. No matter which your choice is, the experts of Mike’s Custom Flooring can ensure it is properly installed. Call us today to get started.