Light hardwoods in Apple Valley living roomWhen it comes to finding the right hardwood flooring for your Apple Valley home, the color and tone of the wood is often one of the biggest factors in your decision making process. Do you choose light or dark wood? Will this wood be stained or left natural with a clear finish? While there isn’t a right or wrong answer, the color you choose can have a big impact on the overall look of your design. Today, our team at Floor Coverings International Dakota County explores light-colored hardwood flooring, the possible designs you can achieve, and the woods that will help you attain the look you desire.

Bright Looks, Bold Design

Homeowners often choose light-colored hardwood floors to achieve a clean, minimalist look for their home’s design. The addition of light wood tones acts as a neutral foundation that allows you to feature the different elements of your home, such as furniture, paint choice, as well as area rugs and accessories. Naturally lighter hardwoods often require little to no staining and look beautiful in semi-gloss and matte finishes.

Hardwood Species

Some of the naturally bright hardwood species include maple, hickory, and white oak, which can either be stained or left unstained to achieve a more natural look. These species are also more popular for their less-defined wood grain, which allows you to create a more uniform design. For an even more modern design, some homeowners choose to have their floors stained light gray or even white washed, a trend gaining in popularity in the greater Apple Valley area.

Best Applications

Light hardwood floors help reflect natural light and help spaces feel larger and more open. This is particularly useful in smaller rooms and homes, where darker floors can decrease the feeling of space. No matter the wood species, hardwood floors eventually get scratches and dents, however lighter hardwood tends to show these imperfections less than dark hardwood. The same goes for dust and dirt, which are easily noticed on darker surfaces.

Contact Your Local Experts

If you want to have light hardwood flooring installed in your home, call Floor Coverings International Dakota County today and schedule your free design consultation. We’ll bring our mobile showroom right to your home with a great selection of natural hardwood and other flooring solutions to help you find the right option for your needs!

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