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Pros and Cons of Installing Light or Dark Hardwood Floors

Installing or refinishing hardwood floors can be an exciting time for a homeowner. Not only do you get to pick out which natural hue you prefer for your home flooring, but you get to transform your living space into something the whole family can enjoy. While lighter floors are trending in Grand Rapids, there are others who appreciate the classic beauty of dark hardwood flooring.

Below, we have outlined some of the pros and cons associated with light and dark hardwood flooring. While reading, be sure to keep in mind that it is ultimately up to you whether you want to go with light or dark hard wood flooring. An experienced hardwood flooring company will be able to help you decide which hardwood flooring finish is right for you.

Dirt Showing on Hardwood Floors

If you have ever owned dark hardwood floors, you know that any amount of dirt or dust is going to show. If you live in a busy household, you may not want a hardwood floor that needs to be kept immaculate all the time. If you are going to install dark hardwood floors, you should know how much time you’ll have to invest to keep them looking nice.

Since dirt is more easily seen on dark hardwood floors, most homeowners will opt for the next shade lighter than ebony (black). That way, they can still enjoy the aesthetic of dark hardwood flooring while not having to deal with the hassle of constantly cleaning hardwood floors.

If you have a family that’s always tracking in dirt, you may be better off with installing light-colored hardwood floors. Light hardwood flooring disguises dust and dirt more easily than its darker hued counterparts.

Scratches Showing on Hardwood Floors

Since the majority of wood floor species are light, a dark hue is achieved by using dark stains such as ebony and coffee brown. Unfortunately, this makes scratches on dark hardwood floors more noticeable. If you have your heart set on installing dark hardwood floors, there are ways you can maintain the look of your floors.

For example, we recommend that you hire a Grand Rapids hardwood flooring contractor to recoat your darkly hued hardwood floors every three to four years. You can also reduce the appearance of hardwood floor scratches by using a stain marker. Stain markers come in a wide variety of colors so that you can find the right shade to touch up your hardwood floors. Be sure to contact a knowledgable hardwood flooring contractor to determine the best hardwood floor maintenance strategy.

Flooring for Different Sized Homes

If you live in a large spacious house, you may be interested in dark hardwood floors to help make your living space feel cozier. Dark hardwood floors are also recommended for homes with large rooms or open floor plans. In contrast, small homes can feel more airy and spacious with light-colored hardwood flooring, especially if they are paired with generous windows.

If you are interested in our hardwood flooring refinishing and repair services, please feel free to call either of our showrooms in East Grand Rapids and Holland. Rivershores is dedicated to helping homeowners just like you install luxury hardwood flooring in their homes.

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