Choosing A Wood Flooring Color

Deciding on what shade or color of wood flooring should be installed in your home can be a bit overwhelming.  Dark or light?  Oak or Maple?  Brown or gold?  These are dilemmas that make wood floor shopping challenging.  But there are a few good tips that may help in your decision making process.

First, you may want to take a few things into consideration.  While dark floors bring warmth and create a more formal look, dust is a lot more visible as well as light surface scratches.  If you like darker toned floors then you may want to consider one of the many handscraped or distressed floors available now.  They will give the warmth you are looking for without the worry of  dings, dents or scratches.  Another option to consider is a lighter color floor.  Oak, Maple, Hickory or Beech are just a few domestic woods that, with a natural finish, help conceal dust, scratches and daily wear.  There are also several exotic woods on the lighter side that will be suitable such as Amendoim and Acacia.

When deciding on wood flooring, you may also want to consider the wall color, furniture tones and ceiling height as well as the overall size of the room.  Darker flooring with dark walls may work well if there are cathedral ceilings so the room will not feel so cave like.  If you have lower 8’ or 9’ ceilings, you may want to either lighten the floor choice or the wall color.    You also do not want to match flooring to furniture pieces, there should be a contrast between the two.  Natural light also plays a roll in choosing the right wood floor.  If there are a lot of windows, that can help brighten the area and make it more inviting.

There is no right or wrong choice in the color of your wood floors.  It’s all a matter of personal preference.  Just be sure that you choose what you like so you will enjoy your wood floors for many years to come.

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