The Pros and Cons of Hardwood Floor Colors

If you’ve decided on hardwood flooring for your home, but you can’t decide on the color and stain, don’t fret. We’ve cataloged a few pros and cons that you can weigh, so that you’re sure to be content with your flooring decision. And, if you still can’t decide on the right flooring option for your home, you can always count on Charlotte’s trusted flooring experts here at First Quality Interiors for advice. Just give us a call, we’ll help guide you to the best option for your home and your unique taste.

Light Hardwood

Light colored hardwood is ideal for all sorts of applications — in fact it’s rare that it won’t look good. From its clean look to the vibrant contrast it emits against furniture and colors throughout your home, this flooring choice may just be the one. Here are a few pros and cons of this popular option.

The Pros

Clean look: Light wood simply looks clean. Plus, dust and grime actually doesn’t show up as much against a light wood background than a dark background.

Unnoticeable damage: Similarly, small dings and scratches won’t show up much on lighter wood floors. That said, these dings and scratches are liable to collect grime over time, which can be more visible atop the lighter color.

More expansive rooms: Lighter floors tend to make rooms look more spacious. If you’re putting in a hardwood floor in a home with a modest square footage, then a lighter hardwood may be the best choice. Your spaces will feel more open and breathable.

Vibrant contrast: Use light colored wood to compliment white or neutral walls, or to accent colors or darker walls.

Reflects light: If you love natural lighting throughout your home, then you should opt to install light flooring. Lighter floors reflect light, filling the rooms in your home with sunlight even if you only have a window or two. Light hardwood is especially ideal if you have plenty of houseplants around.

Highly modern: Both light hardwoods and dark hardwoods are modern in style, and their highly popular options these days. Light hardwood is a timeless option that you’re sure to enjoy during your residency in your abode.

The Cons

Stains and cracks: Light hardwood is more liable to hold noticeable stains, and cracks are more likely to be visible, should they occur. That said, with proper care your floors shouldn’t ever crack, and most stains will come right up with the right cleaning products and techniques.

Rub marks: From shoe scuffs to furniture rub marks, light floors will display these little mishaps more than dark flooring. Fortunately, rubs and smears can be cleaned up with a bit of elbow grease.

Dark Hardwood

Dark hardwoods are just as common as light hardwoods, and they can prove to be a grand improvement to the aesthetic of your home. That said, here are a few pros and cons to consider if you’re still weighing your options.

The Pros

Rich appeal: Dark hardwoods have a rich quality to them, which can help to make your home feel luxurious. Consider dark hardwoods if you have rich wall colors, expensive appliances, and other luxurious components throughout your home.

Vibrant contrast: Like light hardwood floors, dark hardwood can provide contrast to help accent walls, furniture, and fixtures throughout your home.

Absorbs light: Dark hardwoods absorb light that filters into your home. That can prove useful if you’re installing flooring in rooms that you’d like to remain dark (for instance, an entertainment room).

Highly modern: Again, like light hardwood floors, dark hardwood floors are a highly modern option, and they’re in demand at the moment. Consider dark hardwood if you’re remodeling your home, or if you already have a modern theme throughout the abode.

The Cons

Dirt, dust, and grime: Unfortunately, dirt, dust, and grime will show up more on dark wood than light wood. Due to the contrast against the dark backdrop, even dust may be visible in the right light.

Scratches and damage: If a scratch or ding is deep enough to penetrate the finish on the surface of dark wood, then it will expose the interior of the wood, which will be a lighter color. Therefore, a deep scratch will appear bright against the dark finish. You may have to refinish your floors if they are damaged.

More compressed look: Dark floors tend to make rooms feel smaller. Therefore, dark hardwood may be best for large spaces, or rooms that are adjoining between one another.

What About Browns and Colorful Woods?

Now, you don’t have to stick to dark and light hardwoods for your flooring, though they are in fashion at the moment. You can always opt for colorful woods, and moderate browns. These colors are more traditional and they offer a warm, welcoming feel. Consider browns and colorful woods if your home has lots of natural features (like wood rafters, a stone hearth, or granite countertops). These more traditional colors certainly still have a place in our homes, and their classic look is also timeless. You really can’t go wrong with hardwood floors, regardless of the material and finish that you choose.

Count on First Quality Interiors

When you’re ready for a floor installation, we’re ready to help. We can install hardwood floors in your home, and we’d be happy to help you decide on the best flooring material for the rooms throughout your house. Get started with a free flooring measure, or give us a call if you have any questions!