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Light Or Dark Wood Flooring – Which One Suits Your Home?

One of the most popular flooring materials over the years is wood, and even in today’s modern home, wood flooring is still a well sought after material. From its durable nature and inherent natural beauty to its ability to look gorgeous in home decor, wood flooring can’t be duplicated in styling.

Wood flooring is available in the lightest shades of whites and natural bamboo yellows to the deepest of rich ebony and mahogany colors. If you are trying to choose the right flooring to suit your home, take a look at these light to dark inspiring wood ideas for your home.

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What color wood flooring suits your home?

by Mark English Architects

Get inspired from your current decor:

 Similar to your walls, flooring is a blank canvas for your entire room and can set the tone for the rest of the room. When choosing wood flooring draw inspiration from your current furniture, walls, finishes and choose a flooring that compliments these colors.

Light flooring will help give the illusion space and make your room feel larger and darker flooring will create a more dramatic ambiance. Depending on how much natural light is supplied to your interiors will help dictate if darker flooring makes your space feel smaller. Choose flooring that will naturally look nice with your current wood furniture as well.

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Medium wood flooring color can be beautiful too!

by Shaw Floors

Choose a wood flooring style:

While you may not have noticed, wood flooring can be as sleek and smooth as marble with a high gloss finish or it can be as rustic as a log cabin with natural grain and knots showing through the finish.

If your home is ultra-contemporary you may opt for a wood floor that shows off the sleek lines and architectural definition of your home with lighter floors, while a traditional historic home may opt for dark wood floors that are reminiscent of the time period of their home. Choose a coloring that will bring out the character of your home and melds well with the architectural details.

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Dark wood can make a dramatic contrast with lighter finishes

by Paris Kitchens / Brandon Barré Photography

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Flooring can match your current wood cabinets and furniture

by David Neiman Architects

Do you want to complement or contrast? 

Just like your accent walls throughout your home, you will need to decide if having a floor that complements your color palette or contrasts will be the design theme throughout your rooms.

In rooms where wood is already inherent such as kitchen, dining rooms and living spaces you may opt for a wood that matches your current wood color. This will help your room unify in appearance but can also create too much of a good thing. While using a wood flooring that is the opposite or contrasts your current space will bring definition to the eye, but can get to busy for the eye if there are too many patterns, colors, and textures.

Create a balance with the eye when choosing your light or dark options.

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Choose a wood flooring that reflects your lifestyle

by C O N T E N T Architecture / Photo by Pete Molick

Choosing a wood floor can be exciting and you will love how it adds richness to any room of your home. Before you decide on light or dark flooring use these inspiring ideas to assess your decor and furniture, choose a design style and go from there. Your floors can’t wait to be transformed with new wood!

Ronique Gibson
Ronique Gibson is an Associate Architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, who has been in the architectural and interior design industry for over 13 years. Her architectural background has lent to years of hands on experience with homeowners, construction, and helping people love their homes. Ronique’s passion for finding inspiring and easy[...]

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