Light vs. dark: Choosing the best tones for hardwood flooring

Light vs. dark: Choosing the best tones for hardwood flooring

Whether engineered or solid hardwood flooring, nothing adds charm and elegance like a wood floor, and selecting color may well be the most enjoyable part of the shopping journey! However, there are some things to consider to be sure you pick out the right wood flooring, and we've compiled a list of tips to help simplify the process. As always, don't hesitate to come into our hardwood flooring company if you have questions.

Different tones for different rooms
Light colors give an airy and contemporary feeling. It's also easy to coordinate around a light floor. They also don't show scratches much, and they'll camouflage dust.

Dark colors are sophisticated, dramatic and can be used with contrasting colors to make a stunning statement. (A dark floor with red drapes, oh my!) They will hide dirt, but balance is critical; if walls and furnishings are unclear, the room can seem dark and gloomy.

Some things to think about

1. Consider your lifestyle: If you have a light-haired pet that sheds, a dark floor may not be for you, and the opposite is true if the pet has dark hair. Likewise, if you have kids or any high traffic that makes the floors more prone to scratches, you may want to avoid dark floors.

2. Think about the wood. If you're planning to use a stain, wood with an open pore, like red oak, is more porous and accepts stains.

3. Some of the most popular colors include cool tones; gray (any shade); blond; caramel; honey/copper; the darkest darks, like ebony; and whitewashed wood.

4. Harmonize: Nothing needs to be an exact match, but any color you select should work with your existing furnishings and colors, so the decor has a cohesive look.

With over 20 years of experience in the flooring industry, Underwood Carpets & Floorcovering professionals know their way around floors. Our motto is "the right product with the proper process at the right price. Come into our showroom in Sandy, UT, to look through our extensive inventory of hardwood and other products and learn about our services, such as superior residential and commercial installations and free quotes. We're convenient to Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper, and Cottonwood Heights.