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Picking the Right Color for your Hardwood Floor


Dark? Or light? Each color of hardwood flooring has its own advantages and disadvantages.

When you decide to have a hardwood floor installed, there are many choices you’ll have to make. The right plank size and hardwood species can make the difference. You’ll also have to choose the color for your new hardwood floor. Many times the color of hardwood flooring is chosen based on design considerations – you have a look in mind and want a color that is stylish and looks good. Choosing the right color, though, can also involve looking at cleaning and maintenance requirements. Should you go dark or light? Let’s take a look at each choice.

Dark Hardwood is Very Versatile

If you’re looking to have a hardwood floor that is very much on trend right now, dark is the way to go. It works well with a variety of different furniture colors and can create a formal or rustic look. You can even use the finish to create an aged look. Dark hardwood floors do have some drawbacks, though. They can show more wear easily than lighter colors. They are also not suited for small rooms, as the dark color can make the room look smaller. Finally, you’ll want to choose wisely if matching up your hardwood floor with dark woodworks like cabinetry. Often it is very difficult to match these colors up, so it may be better to try and create a contrast rather than a match.

Fresh Light Hardwood

Light colors, on the other hand, offer a fresh light palette that can go well with almost anything. Many different types of wood species can be used to construct a light hardwood floor. These colors also have some drawbacks. The finish needs to be planned out perfectly to achieve the color you are looking for. Dust and debris are harder to see on a light floor than a dark one – this could be either good or bad depending on your viewpoint. They can also be more susceptible to wear and tear if you choose a light species, and may not be the best choice for high traffic areas.

Hardwood Flooring with John K Eareckson & Co.

At John K. Eareckson & Co., we pride ourselves on providing the best quality and craftsmanship in the Baltimore-Washington area, from custom hardwood installation and repairs to refinishing. So if you’re in the market for new hardwood flooring, pick up the phone and give us a call today! If you have any questions about new hardwood floors, please contact John K. Eareckson & Co. by calling 410-788-4200 or visit today for a free quote regarding any of your hardwood flooring needs. You can also follow us on FacebookGoogle+, and Twitter!

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