Which Hardwood Floor Is Best for You: Dark or Light?

If you are planning on placing a brand new hardwood floor, then you have picked the type of flooring that is not only timeless and durable, but will also look beautiful for decades.

Choosing between a light and a dark hardwood floor can be quite difficult. While picking one, you have to consider which will complement your home’s interior well. Both dark and light hardwood floors give an entirely different look to a room. Dark hardwood adds an element of contrast while light flooring shows less dirt. There is no one-size-fits-all for hardwood floors.

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Here are some factors you should consider for deciding whether you choose the light side, or the dark side:

  • What is your home décor style?
  • Is your home often busy?
  • Do you constantly clean your floors to keep them spotless?
  • Do you have pets?
  • What is the color of your furniture and what colors match best with them?
  • How much natural light do your rooms receive?
  • What is the color of your walls?

Be Wise with Aesthetics
Consider your preference while choosing the aesthetic of flooring. For some people, light flooring aesthetics appeal more while some say the same for dark flooring. Be honest with your personal preference, and choose one that appeals best to your style.

How Often Do You Clean?
If you are a clean freak who wants spotless floors all the time, you should go with light flooring that doesn’t show dirt as much as dark hardwood floors. This will depend on the amount of traffic your floor would normally receive in a day. If you have a large family or little children or have pets, light flooring will show less dirt and scratches.

If you still prefer a dark hardwood floor, then consider using a shade on the lighter end of the dark spectrum. You should choose a satin finish one and apply a coat of polyurethane every 3 to 4 years. To keep the hardwood floor in good condition, you would need to clean it more often. Using a dedicated mudroom and removing shoes at the door will help preserve the hardwood floor for a long time.

Size Matters
Dark floors look better in larger homes, as well as spacious interiors with open floor plans that have lots of windows, which allow natural light to enter. Pair a lighter paint color with darker floors and add overhead lighting to avoid making your home look too dark. Moreover, you should select light window treatments as well as install a front door with glass to keep the interiors looking bright with the darker floor.

If you are having trouble deciding which flooring will be the best one for your home, consult a professional flooring company to help you out.

Kristin Topping is the owner of Mac Flooring Services Inc. a market leader in installing superior quality flooring in Aliso Viejo. We offer all types of flooring that can fit every budget. Kristin along with her team has gained popularity in providing the best flooring options in town, which are not only durable but also add an elegant look in every corner of your property.

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