When it comes to choosing the colour of your hardwood floors, it really comes down to personal preference. Some people like dark wood while others like lighter wood, so it really depends on your personal taste. If you’re not sure which way you’re leaning towards, you can start by asking yourself a few questions that can help you determine if dark or light flooring is best for you, your home and your lifestyle.

Some of the things you need to consider are:

  • Which option would match the interior of your home and reflect your sense of style and design?
  • Would light floors or dark floors look better with your furniture and the colour of your walls?
  • Do you have children and/or pets?
  • Are you a neat freak or can you live with a little bit of dirt showing here and there?
  • How often do you clean and would you be willing to do it more often?

The answers to these questions can help with your decision because it will tell you which option would be better suited for you based on your preferences and lifestyle. The following information may be helpful as well, so keep these details in mind:

If you want floors that don’t need to be cleaned as often, then light hardwood floors are the way to go. Dirt and dust are much more visible on darker floors, which is why they would have to be cleaned more frequently than light hardwood floors. If cleaning is one of your concerns, then you should keep in mind that darker floors require higher maintenance. 

The same is true regarding scratches, and although all hardwood scratches and dents over time, they will be much more obvious on darker floors versus lighter hardwood. For this reason, people with children and pets tend to gravitate more towards light flooring because scratches are inevitable in their chaotic households, and light hardwood does a better job of hiding them. 

One last thing to remember is that lighter flooring can make your space seem bigger while dark floors can make your space seem smaller, so keep that in mind if space is a concern. 

There is really no right or wrong option when it comes to flooring because, in the end, it comes down to the option you love. Of course, it’s always a good idea to consider other factors as well, such as the type of household you have and if the flooring option you’re leaning towards is suitable for your lifestyle. 

Fairmont Flooring will help you make the right choice and ensure that you have no regrets when it comes to your flooring. Servicing the Whitby and Oshawa areas, Fairmont Flooring offers a wide variety of flooring options, including vinyl, laminate, tile and hardwood, so contact them today to discuss your new flooring!

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