So you want a new floor? Great! You’ve gone for the classic wood look; even better! But what about the colour? There’s more to flooring than the material itself, and there’s a lot more to wood than you may have originally thought. Whether you choose light or dark they are both capable of creating completely different vibes within a room, which ever colour you eventually go with will help to set the tone for the rest of the room so it’s crucial that you make the right choice personally.
Following current trends it seems that the interior world is currently going mad for either really dark or really light floors, there isn’t a middle man as such, people just want to make a statement! Out of the two, darker floors are seen as the bolder choice whilst light flooring acts as a subtle back drop to accent other furnishings.
Dark floors add a huge sense of sophistication and richness to a room, but they can also help to create an element of fun too. Dark wood flooring pairs surprisingly well with brash colours and makes the floor appear to ‘pop’, but with that being said, darker floors emulate earthy undertones that can balance well alongside neutral colours too. If you are someone who loves to contrast features in a room then dark flooring could definitely work in your favour. There are a couple of finishes available, the most common and trendy one at the moment is Matte. Matte finishes are also more practical than most, they hide scratches and other imperfections much better than glossy floors and would be better suited to a home with children and pets Glossy finishes, although great to look at are probably the most inconvenient as they require a lot more cleaning than matte and show scratches easier too, although they do offer a considerable amount of ‘WOW!’.
When you think of light wood flooring you may be fooled into believe that it just means softer wood with a lighter tones, but what we’re actually talking about is whites and greys – think Scandinavian! These type of colours offer a fresh and crisp feel to the room and allow it to open up in a sense making it appear brighter and much more spacious. When pairing light flooring with furnishings you can create a modern, contemporary look, especially if grey is involved. On the practical side of things light wood floors have a bit of an advantage over their darker counterparts, they show less dirt and dust and are generally a bit easier to clean and maintain on a whole. If your floor does get scratched the good thing is that the scratch itself won’t show up as much on light floors as it would on a dark one. Technically there isn’t a rule on how light you should go when it comes to light flooring, whites are all the rage at the moment so don’t be afraid when it comes to choosing your floor.
In regards to comparing the price of the two, they will differ depending on the type of wood that you choose, if you opt for an unfinished wood (i.e you will be finishing and staining the floor yourself) then this will generally be cheaper than a pre-finished product. If you choose to finish an existing floor with a stain yourself then you have the freedom to try out different colours (obviously starting with the lightest unto which ever tone you desire). In a nutshell, both floors work in different settings so it’s entirely down to you and your style as to which one you pick!