Floors are our bread and butter here at Carpet Tech, so we understand that the choice between light or dark hardwood floors is a big deal.
We’re not exaggerating when we say that the color of your floor can transform the feeling and aesthetic of an entire room. Some natural floors add a contemporary aspect to the home while providing ease of maintenance and repair ability.
It also dictates how much cleaning you’ll need to do and how much maintenance will go into its care. Because our clients’ floors are our top priority, we’d like to take this opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of both light and dark hardwood flooring.
DARK HARDWOOD FLOORS: A BOLD, MODERN OPTION
There’s no mistaking that dark hardwood floors are extremely popular right now. Installing a rich, dark hardwood floor in a room can make a dramatic statement, one that your guests won’t soon forget.
There’s also no mistaking, however, that dark hardwood floors tend to be higher maintenance than their lighter counterparts.
SOME THINGS ABOUT DARK HARDWOOD TO CONSIDER:
- Because the deep hues of dark hardwood floors are usually achieved by staining, a scratch will be inherently more noticeable. The natural finish hiding beneath the dark stain can stand out glaringly against the dark floor and will need quick attention.
- Dirt, scuffs, dust, and grime will be significantly easier to see. A more frequent cleaning schedule will be required in order to keep it looking fresh and clean. Designating your home as “shoe free” and asking guests to leave their shoes at the door will help keep the dirt at bay.
- Dark floors are known to make a room “feel smaller.” The size, lighting, and openness of your room are important to consider.
Dark floors are by no means a lesser option than light hardwood floors; it’s simply important to be aware of the maintenance needs that accompany them. There are many benefits to dark hardwood floors, including increased resale value due to current decor trends. In fact, when refinishing an existing floor, dark stains are extremely effective at camouflaging flaws in the wood.
LIGHT HARDWOOD FLOORS: CLASSIC AND CAREFREE
If your house is a busy place, complete with pets, children, or boisterous get-togethers, a lighter hardwood floor might better suit your lifestyle.
As you consider light hardwood floors, remember that scratches, dust, and dirt are much harder to see on light-colored hardwood floors, making frequent cleaning less-necessary.
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTORS: YOU AND YOUR HOME!
The bottom line is that your floors need to match your belongings, your lifestyle, and your personality. Before you make your decision, ask yourself these questions:
- What decorating style are you drawn to?
- How often are you interested in cleaning your floors?
- Do you have indoor pets?
- Which colors will look best with your existing furniture and cabinets?
- Is your home well-lit? Open? Will dark floors make your room feel cramped?
Whichever option you choose, our team here at Carpet Tech has the experience and skill to help you restore and maintain the flooring your home deserves. Please give us a call at 888.343.9650 to get started!