Dark hardwoods in Martinez, CA homeWhen purchasing new hardwood flooring for your Martinez home, one of the first questions to arise is whether to select light or dark colored hardwood. Ultimately, this choice depends on personal preference, but there are some distinct differences between light and dark floors. The team at Floor Coverings International Concord is here to help you make sense of these options. Read on to learn about the maintenance and design differences between these two choices.

Hardwood Cleaning & Maintenance

While choosing light versus dark hardwood ultimately depends on your design, it is also important to consider cleaning and maintenance. Dirt and debris are more visible on dark hardwood. If you are a fan of dark coloring, this may mean cleaning your floors more often. On the other hand, if the sight of dirt on your floors bothers you, then light coloring may be a better fit for your household.

Since dark hardwood is generally obtained by staining lighter wood, scratches and dings are also more noticeable in darker colors. This is because the scratch can expose a lighter color of wood underneath the stained surface. There are solutions for this; maintain your wood after years of use by re-sanding and staining, or use wood touch-up kits for quick fixes.

Matching Hardwood with Your Décor

In general, furniture matches easily with hardwood flooring regardless of its color. One exception is red-toned or mahogany furniture. In this case, avoid using red-toned floors, since the two reds will clash. We recommend brown-toned hardwood for this décor.

With cabinets, it’s safe to pair contrasting colors. Dark hardwood goes well with light colored cabinets, while light-colored hardwood should be paired with dark cabinets.

living room with light-colored hardwood floors

Room Size and Light Sources

Dark colored hardwood can overwhelm a room, so it’s important to consider room size and light sources. In general, we do not recommend dark hardwood for small rooms, as it will make the room appear smaller. When using dark wood in larger spaces, make sure the room has plenty of light from windows or additional lamps and light fixtures. This keeps the room from appearing too dark. Similarly, it is best to pair dark floors with lighter paint on the walls.

Your Local Hardwood Experts

For more help choosing the right hardwood for your Martinez home, call Floor Coverings International Concord and schedule a free, in-home design consultation. Our associates work with your design needs and budget to find the perfect flooring solution. We proudly serve the greater Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, & Martinez, CA area.

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