How to Choose between Light and Dark Hardwood Floors

Created by Mike Mazur at February 12, 2021, 4:47 pm

Picking the right flooring for your home can be more difficult than you'd expect. You have to consider the price of the flooring, the material the flooring is made of, and the color of the flooring. For tips on how to choose between light and dark hardwood floors, keep reading.

Think about the way you want your home to look. Are you intending in something bright, light, and airy? Or would you rather have something comfortable and warm? Light hardwood floors can help a space feel larger and lighter, while dark floors can help a space feel cozier.

Next, consider your living environment. Do you have pets? Pets have a tendency to scratch hardwood flooring, which shows up more on dark hardwood than light hardwood. If you are leaning towards dark hardwood, you can always trim your pet’s claws and pick a flooring option that ranks high on the Janka rating scale. A high Janka rating means a hardwood material is resistant to scratches, dents, and stains. High Janka rated flooring options are also great for high-traffic areas and rooms where you use heavy furniture.

How often do you clean your living space? Different types of hardwood flooring are more likely to show stains and debris. Black wood flooring will show everything, but so will white floors. However, white oak flooring is actually one of the most stain resistant hardwood flooring options available. Consider how easy a material is to clean before making an investment.

Now that you have a better idea of which type of flooring is most suitable for your home, you're ready to shop with Tongue and Groove. Browse our inventory online or give us a call at 800-689-9006 today!