Things to Consider When Choosing a Color for Your Hardwood Floors

Choosing a Hardwood Floor Color

Before having that first panel laid, it’s important to think carefully about the color of your new hardwood floor.

Choosing a color for your hardwood floors should be fun and should inspire you to create your dream space. Unfortunately, it is easy to pick a color that you regret in the long run because it doesn’t fit the style of your home. You can prevent this from happening by learning what you need to know before making a final decision. Check out these things to consider when choosing a color for your hardwood floors.

Color of Objects in a Room

Look around the room where you plan to install new hardwood floors. You should choose an object, such as a file cabinet or the kitchen counter and pay attention to the color of it. Use the color of these furnishings to choose which floor color will complement them the best. Treat your rooms just like you would your clothes. White walls may be complemented by darker colored floors rather than having white floors with white walls. Color contrasting works well for home décor.

Size of the Room

Dark hardwoods are better suited for larger rooms to provide a more welcoming feel. They also make open spaces with high ceilings feel more inviting for guests and family gatherings. Lighter flooring tends to create an illusion of more space for smaller rooms. Low ceilings go well with white or gray flooring.


Before you pick the color of your new hardwood floors, you should know what style you’re looking for. Are you looking for a traditional style or are you trying to make a statement? Dark colors offer more of a modern look to your home, while lighter floors are good for more of a contemporary look. Be careful with light colors because they may require more maintenance than darker floors. Scratches and other mishaps can damage the style of lighter floor easier than they would with darker floors.

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