Choosing between a light or dark hardwood floor is a particularly tough decision for most property owners as both look incredible no matter where they are installed. However, light and dark floors both come with some advantages and disadvantages which should be considered before installation.
People can often shy away from darker floors through worry that it will darken a room and make it appear smaller than it really is. This is true for rooms that are south-facing as they will receive little sunlight throughout the day. This can be rectified however by pairing the floor with pale colours on the walls such as whites or creams for example, this will help to balance the darker floor and neutralise the light in the room. Dark floors do work especially well when accompanied with similar warmer tones such as red and yellows to create a cosy atmosphere.
Darker options, such as walnut flooring, are on trend for 2017 as they can create both a traditional and a modern aesthetic meaning its applications are far wider than a light floor in comparison. Not only do they look beautiful, but they also will show up less dirt and dust which means you won’t need to be on your hands and knees everyday cleaning your floor. On top of all this, dark floors look lush and expensive, helping a property to look that bit more expensive, something to definitely consider if you are looking to a sell a property to potential buyers.
Over recent years lighter floors have been the go-to with most property owners as the modern trend for white and monochromatic saw a huge surge in popularity over a decade ago. This trend for light floors hasn’t showed signs of slowing down and lighter floors are still incredibly popular. This is most likely because they are amazing for bringing in and reflecting natural light to a room, which can greatly help in brightening and otherwise dark room. As well as light floors are excellent at hiding scratches since they aren’t coloured or stained as some darker floors are. This makes it perfect for pet owners and families where scratches are more than likely to occur from day to day usage. Lighter floors are more likely to show up dirt, but this can be avoided by using doormats to clean shoes or just removing shoes before walking on the floor all together.
Both shades look gorgeous so there’s no need to worry what colour wood flooring you choose! The shade of choice comes down to your personal preference and which one you think would look better in your specific property. With so many shades and species available on the markets today you will be able to find the perfect one for you whether it be light, dark or somewhere in between.