Hardwood floors can be one of the reasons for buying a home. Buying a home without hardwood floors mean that you have to make a few tough choices yourself, like what type of wood, and what color. If you’re buying a home with the intention of putting in hardwood floors, talk to a local hardwood flooring expert about your project. A good craftsman will help you make the right decisions for you, your home, and your lifestyle.
The type of subfloor you have and your budget can often help narrow down your choices for the type of wood that is best. But, there are a million colors to choose from. The variety of wood stains continues to grow. And each shade is more nuanced than the next. It can be an overwhelming choice. So, let’s see if we can’t make it a little easier for you.
Black hardwood floors
The style and decor of your furniture, art, statement pieces are going to help steer you towards a color. If your home is a rustic country cabin, you may want to stick to darker browns or reddish browns. Often a brown, depending on the type of wood will have subtle red tones as the finish dries. But, we are also seeing stains that are almost black. Dark floor stains are dominating the market these days.
Dark floors will only work if your house has a lot of light, and if the rest of your furniture and colors are on the lighter side. Black on black is going to be too much, closing up your home making it feel dark and gloomy. But, black floors next to pristine white walls and blonde wood furniture can be sleek and modern.
Natural blonde hardwood floors
Speaking of blonde wood. The light natural wood tones are also making a comeback. Light makes a home feel energetic, carefree, and easy. Blondes do have more fun, even if it’s your floors.
Depending on the type of wood that you choose, you may want to leave it as natural and untouched as possible. Reclaimed wood comes with a unique charm, each board being slightly different. Each board is an individual and this should be celebrated.