Light tone hardwood flooring in a modern Bellevue, WA home

Should you go with dark or light-colored hardwood flooring?

While hardwood flooring complements any room decor, you need to consider many factors to achieve the look you desire. Colors that mix and match are one of these considerations. The flooring pros at Nielsen Bros & Sons, which carries virtually every type of flooring, can guide you through the decision-making process. We have three showrooms in the Seattle, Washington, metropolitan area. Showrooms are located in Bellevue, Auburn, and Lynnwood. Also, our mobile showroom offers shop-at-home convenience.

Light vs dark tone wood floors

Ebony, mahogany, and cherry are dark hardwoods while maple, oak, and poplar are light hardwoods. A dark color brings out the richness of the wood?s natural grain. The floor tends to become a focal point in the room. While a dark floor causes a room to look smaller, furnishings can provide balance. You can make a bold decorating statement by pairing dark flooring with white or light-colored furniture and walls. In contrast, you can create a unifying color scheme by choosing all fair colors. Dark wood floors absorb sunlight, and therefore, they aren?t prone to fading over time. This type of flooring may be best for sunrooms and similar spaces.

Solid hardwood hides imperfections

If you choose a light-colored wood species and a dark stain, scratches will be apparent because of the contrasting colors. Any hardwood floor, regardless of stain color, hides scratches and dirt better if it is sealed with a satin finish rather than a glossy finish. Planks that have many wood grain variations also mask dirt, wear, and imperfections well. Light hues conceal floor damage best. Remember that dark flooring hides dirt and grime but not pet hair and dust.?

Nielsen Bros & Sons
have been serving Tacoma, Edmonds, Bothell, and surrounding areas since 1946. In addition to flooring installation, we offer free in-home estimates and design consultation. The most trendy and stylish brands fill over 22,000 square feet of showroom space. Drop by to chat with our design consultants about hardwood flooring or let us know when you want our mobile showroom to visit your home. You can contact us via online chat or with our online form.