Dark tones are still the most popular Hardwood color, but natural and beige hardwoods are making a comeback this year. Natural beige, just like medium browns, can go with almost any style. It is a popular choice for Modern Scandinavian design. However, natural beige can look stunning in everything from dark and exotic to simple and elegant, bold and adventurous to cozy and clean.
The current hardwood flooring trends can be quite fickle in some ways. People are looking for light, airy spaces, while darker, more moody areas are also popular. Let’s get to it.
Wood flooring in lighter shades has the advantage of hiding dirt, scratches and dents better than those in darker colors. A lighter floor is better for pets and children than a darker one. Light wood will last for longer because they don’t require as much sanding and recoating as dark floors. Deep scratches in dark wood will reveal the darker wood underneath the stain. This emphasizes even the smallest of damage.
Light hardwood floors have their downsides, however. If paired with dark wood cabinets, light wood floors in the kitchen can quickly overwhelm the space. To create contrast, if you are keen on hardwood flooring, you might consider staining or painting your cabinets. Light finishes can make floors with imperfections like gaps, water stains and knots stand out more. In rooms that receive a lot of natural light, very light floors can create an overexposed glow. It may sound like an annoying problem, but if you want to keep your room light and airy, wearing sunglasses indoors might be a good idea.
There are many different light-colored rooms. Neutral rooms create a terrific canvas for your design style. Many people assume that light colors will create a cold, uninspiring space. But, if done correctly, it is not true. You can decorate with neutral tones and let the accents and furnishings take center stage, allowing you to express your style and complement the floors.
No matter which side you’re on, there are some key tips to help you make the right decision. Satin finishes can be used on any color of hardwood flooring to create a modern, classy look that is more aesthetically pleasing than other finishes. There are many options available for lighter floors, such as gray-toned hardwoods or whitewashed wood flooring. Testing is key to getting the look you want when staining.
Dark wood floors look great, are stylish and modern. However, they are not recommended for people with pets or children. Light wood floors can open up small rooms and let in the light, for better or worse.
Talk to seasoned professionals about making the hardwood flooring you desire. Contact us to find out how we can help you choose the right hardwood shade for you and your lifestyle.