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Light Hardwood VS Dark Hardwood

Light Hardwood VS Dark Hardwood

With so many different shades of hardwood and wood visual flooring, it can be hard to pick what color would be perfect for your home. It all comes down to light floors or dark floors. Let’s talk about the pros and cons of both to help with your decision.

Light Floor Pros

  1. When used in smaller spaces, it will make the room appear bigger than it is.
  2. Having light wood floors can give the look of a newer home as lighter floors have been the trend for new homes for the last few years.
  3. More flexible style options with lighter floors such as modern, farmhouse, or rustic aesthetic.
  4. Creates a more natural and lightweight feel to your space.

Dark Floor Pros

  1. It can give your home a more luxurious and sophisticated look. Perfect if looking for a more vintage-aged aesthetic.
  2. Fading is less likely to happen, unlike lighter floors as well as stains are not as noticeable with darker floors.
  3. Darker floors have a better resale value!
  4. If you have lighter interior/décor a dark floor will give a more contrast look.


Light Floor Cons

  1. It fades faster than dark floors as dark floors do not absorb ultraviolet light.
  2. It is not recommended for kitchens and bathrooms with light wood cabinets unless the monochromatic look is what you are trying to achieve.
  3. Reflects light making rooms appear brighter; if walls and floors are a light shade, it can drown out your home, creating a rather blank space


Dark Floor Cons

  1. Dust, footprints, and lighter debris will be more noticeable.
  2. Not recommended for smaller spaces as the dark color can make the room look even smaller and seem more cramped.
If you have or want dark-colored cabinets or dark color furniture, then a dark floor may not be the best choice as it will not create a nice contrast and look a bit flat.

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