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Choosing the Best Color of Hardwood Floor for Your Home

When you’ve made the decision to install hardwood floors in your home, you might think that choosing a color (or rather, a specie) will be the easy part, but when it comes down to it, choosing hardwood floors can be a difficult choice. That said, there are a few different things to know and consider when choosing a shade that can make the process less overwhelming.

Know that the Wood Can Shift in Color Over Time

If you love the look of unstained hardwood floors, it’s important to know that the wood can take on the color present in the clear coat you use. For instance, if you use an oil-based polyurethane or tung oil, the floor will take on a more golden hue. In a similar vein, if you choose very dark wood floors, it’s essential to make sure they are UV-resistant if they’ll be exposed to sunlight, otherwise over time the color can fade dramatically.

Keep in Mind the Rest of Your Décor

If your appliances or furniture and trim are dark colors, putting in dark hardwood floors can make the rooms look very small and cramped, so if you want to make your home appear bigger, it’s important to keep that in mind. Likewise, light colored flooring, when paired with lighter furniture and fixtures creates a very modern, contemporary look, so if you want something more classic or vintage looking, that can be taken into consideration. In the same category, think about the colors of your walls, and any potential repainting projects you might do. Some floors will not look good with some colors on the wall, so if you plan on ever repainting, making sure that the flooring option you choose is a versatile one for matching to the walls will be important. Matching the floors so they complement your cabinets and architecture is important, and if you’re having trouble, talking to a designer can help.

Take Floor Samples Home With You

When you’ve narrowed down your choices to a few, bring home a few samples from a showroom. Try to keep your decision to be between three shades, as more than that can cloud your decision-making process by making it more complicated. Keep in mind that some species of hardwood flooring are more expensive, while less expensive types can be stained to look like other species of wood. Be sure to look at the samples in all types of daylight and artificial light to see what the flooring looks like at nighttime, for instance. Leave the room and come back in, and note your reaction to each sample. After you can make a decision about which of the three is your least favorite, take that one out of the running and repeat until you make the ultimate decision.

Consider the Durability of Certain Species

Beyond color, the type of wood matters, as well—certain species are harder and will be able to stand up to potential damage more than others, so if you like a certain color—such as pine—it’s important to know how strong it is. If the durability is not enough for your home’s needs, certain colors may not be best for your house.

When you’re choosing to install hardwood floors, picking out the best color is dependent on several things, so it’s important to carefully consider various aspects of your home’s décor as well as how people use each room in your home before making your ultimate decision. For a great selection of domestic and exotic hardwood floors, visit P.C. Hardwood.

29 Responses to “Choosing the Best Color of Hardwood Floor for Your Home”

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    I’ve always dreamed of having a nice hardwood floor. I think wood is so classy looking and matches just about any furniture style. I really like the tip about taking floor samples home. That’s a great way to make sure the options you’re considering would work well with your decor!

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    I am currently remodeling my kitchen. My husband and I are having a difficult time choosing a hardwood floor color. I agree that keeping in mind all of the future decorations is important. I also think keeping in mind what you plan to decorate your home with in the future is key. We will be sure to take this advice to heart when we choose!

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  • Gary Puntman says:

    I agree that you should keep in mind the rest of your decor when you are choosing the right type of wood for your flooring. It’s good to know that light colored flooring can make your room look bigger and can look contemporary when paired with dark appliances. I think that would be a good option for my kitchen.

  • Millie Hue says:

    It really helped when you said that we should make sure that it is UV-resistant to keep the floor’s color from fading when exposed to the sunlight. I will keep that in mind when I get the floors replaced with hardwood flooring. I just got inspired by this type of flooring because I saw one on a magazine, and it made me feel cozy just by looking at it.

  • Sagan Hiltz says:

    I also choose the light brown color for my home. That is graceful and looks shiny. But i thought this remain for long time.

  • Mark Murphy says:

    I really appreciate your tip to make sure that the color that you choose is versatile and could match with any potential wall colors. My wife and I have been thinking of getting a new house, and we want to get new hardwood flooring in the kitchen since the current one is really scratched up. I will be sure to tell my wife that we should try and find a color that would match with any other hardwood floor!

  • Duncan Lance says:

    There really is a lot to look into when choosing the color of your hardwood floor. as the article points out, one thing you might want to do is take samples home. After all, a good flooring supplier will have samples of their products that you can take home to make sure that the color will look good alongside everything else in your home.

  • Alex Robert says:

    Actually, the color of my home furniture is blue. so which color do you prefer? My personal preference is tan. Any suggestions?

  • Sam Li says:

    I agree that it’s a great idea to take home some color swatches from a showroom in order to see how a certain color will look. Hardwood flooring is something that requires professional installation, so it’s best to find a reliable company. My wife has always wanted to install hardwood in our kitchen, so I’ll be sure to ask more neighbors for flooring references.

  • Karl Ruben says:

    This is very helpful information. Especially the point you have added that the wood colour will change with time.

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  • I like how you said to narrow your decision down to three shades of floor samples to take home with you. My husband and I are thinking of putting hardwood in our downstairs living area. Taking samples home I think will help us find what color we should go with.

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