Hardwood floors come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and finishes that can match any décor. Choosing between light and dark hardwood can be difficult, but choosing where to get it is not! Floor Coverings International Dakota County is here to provide Apple Valley with all your hardwood flooring needs. Take a look at the following considerations to help you identify which type of flooring will best meet your taste, style, and budget.
One of the most obvious benefits of light hardwood is its ability to brighten up rooms and make them appear bigger. They can be matched with practically any color scheme and are easily dressed up or down depending on the décor. When choosing light hardwood, it’s important to take into account the amount of light you want to allow into the various rooms in your house. If you crave a dark, cozy space to sleep in, you may want to install dark hardwood in the bedrooms and leave lighter wood flooring to the rest of the home.
Perhaps surprisingly, light hardwood is also great for disguising scratches, dents, and other damages that can appear over time. If you have kids or pets, light hardwood can be a great way to go!
Dark hardwoods are easily adaptable to both formal and casual décors depending on the shade and finish of the floor. Like light hardwoods, dark wood flooring also integrates well with a variety of colors and styles.
Unlike light hardwoods, dark floors tend to highlight scratches, dents, and debris, especially when covered by a high-gloss finish. If you’re set on dark hardwood but concerned about it revealing too much, it could be worth exploring floors with a matte finish.
It is also important to note the effect that dark hardwoods may have on the perceived size of your rooms. In small spaces, dark flooring has the potential to make the area appear smaller than it is. This can be mitigated though by balancing dark floors with brightly colored walls and décor and incorporating numerous light sources into the space. Floorboards with a narrower width can also prevent the room from appearing too cramped.
Ultimately, choosing between light and dark hardwood is going to come down to your personal taste and how you want your home to look and feel. This decision will also present different challenges depending on if you are working with an existing color palette or if you are changing things up.
Whatever you choose, Floor Coverings International Dakota County is here to help! If you reside in the Burnsville, Apple Valley, Eagan, & St. Paul area, then give us a call to set up your free in-home design consultation. We would love to talk to you about your design goals and how we can help you achieve your vision for your home. We look forward to your call!
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