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Dark or Light Hardwood: What’s Right for Your Home?

May 15, 2018

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When you are deciding which type of hardwood to use in your home, one of your main considerations will be color. Do you want light or dark hardwood? You might be surprised to learn that there are some pros and cons to each that go beyond personal preference (though that is, of course, one of the most important considerations). Read on to find out what they are.

Light hardwood shows less dirt and animal hair.

If you were thinking that dark wood would allow you to go a bit longer between cleanings, it’s important to know that the opposite is actually true. Light wood hides dirt better. Even if you have dark-colored pets, light wood will still hide the hair better. If you prefer dark wood and you’re worried, adding good matting by your doors, taking off your shoes when you enter your home, and brushing your pets outdoors will help keep your floors looking nice and clean.

Dark hardwood can cozy up a large room or make a small room look smaller.

If you have a large great room or living room, dark wood will make it look a bit cozier. The light wood will reflect more light and make it look even bigger than it is. Of course, the same is true for a small room; it will look smaller with darker wood. Keep in mind that the effect is rather minimal, so this factor should be at the bottom of your list or used as a tiebreaker if you can’t decide between the two.

Consider your furniture and personal style.

The most important factor to keep in mind is what you already have in your home and what you like best! If you have two white dogs who shed a lot but you are smitten with the idea of having dark cherry floors, then go for it, but just realize that you’ll need to get out the vacuum or broom more often. Similarly, if your furniture would look amazing with light oak floors, then choose that even if the room is on the large side.

Your hardwood floor installer will be able to talk to you about your choices in types of wood and the various stains available to help you make your home look just the way you want it to.