Homeowners in the Cleveland area have so many options when it comes to hardwood floors. From type and color to plank size and finish, there are countless choices to make! However, there’s one important decision to make that not a lot of homeowners give enough thought to, and that is whether you should go with light or dark hardwood.

It’s a big decision! Both light and dark hardwood floors have their pros and cons. Floor Coverings International Cleveland East will help you decide which is best for your home.

Light Hardwood Flooring

Light Hardwood Floor

Light floors promote a sunny and cheerful atmosphere. If you’re an individual who loves bright and colorful decorations, then a lighter hardwood floor may fit your mood and style better. Lighter floors require less maintenance, too, because minor scuffs and scratches blend in. You don’t have to sweep as often because dust doesn’t show up as much on light hardwood. Light hardwood floors also make spaces look bigger and more open.

Dark Hardwood Flooring

Dark Hardwood Floor

Dark floors are elegant and classic. Dark hardwood tends to be more popular as well, and it looks good with a wider variety of furniture and decorations. However, there are downsides to dark flooring. Scratches show up more easily, and dust can be seen on darker floors much more than on lighter floors. Dark floors look a bit more earthy and natural compared to lighter wood floors, but they can also make rooms look smaller than they really are.

When making a decision, you also have to consider what color you want to paint your walls. Dark hardwood with dark walls will most likely make your home look too shadowy and dim. However, light walls and a light floor may have the opposite effect and make your home look dated or old-fashioned. If having specific wall colors is important to you, it might be best to choose your flooring around that decision.

When it comes to the light vs. dark hardwood debate, there’s always the option of choosing something in between! Whatever you decide on, contact Floor Coverings International Cleveland East and we’ll install your dream floor. Schedule your free, in-home design consultation now to get started.

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