Dark hardwood floors are dramatic and elegant, with the deeper tones drawing attention to the natural beauty of the wood floors. They also provide a warm, neutral background for the room. Balancing the effect of dark wood floors is easy when you paint the walls a medium to light tone and the ceiling a very pale tint of the wall color. Having lighter colored walls will emphasize the contrast and make a confident, sophisticated design statement.
You may think of white walls as boring, but when paired with a hardwood floor they look beautiful and elegant. Both cool, bright whites and warmer, creamy tones work well with dark flooring. Silvery gray floors, beige, or warm pink sand tones all can work in the space depending on your tastes. A benefit of lighter colors on the walls is that it will help the space to feel larger and less closed in. Paint the trim white for a nice finish.
A very popular combination currently is pewter gray walls with dark cherry-finished floors. This color combination is very stylish as well as a perfect backdrop for your furniture, allowing you to bring in other neutral pieces as well as pops of color. Gray also has different undertones while still considered a neutral color. Gray with blue undertones is beautiful with dark cherry, while other grays will look beautiful next to black or nearly black flooring.
Jewel tones can also look stunning with the contrast of dark floors. Think of coral pinks or marigold yellows to give the room a more intimate and cozy feel. A bold color may overwhelm the space but choosing a slightly lighter shade can give you the look you desire.
Hopefully when choosing dark hardwoods, you placed them in a room that receives plenty of natural light or the room may feel too dark. Consider the lighting of the room as well as the shade of the flooring to choose a wall color that will look good in this space. Hang paint swatches on the walls in various spots and evaluate the look at different points in the day, so you can get a feel for how the room will look in morning light, at dusk, or on a dreary day. Lighter neutrals will help a room feel brighter and more spacious, as will adding overhead lighting or lamps to the space.
Dark hardwood floors are a favorite of homeowners and have never gone out of fashion. The look of dark wood floors is currently very trendy and will always be a popular choice. Realtors often say that homes with very dark floors are always very appealing to buyers!
Dark hardwood floors are beautiful when well-maintained, but also show wear much easier than lighter stained wood floors. They have a reputation for showing every little scratch, smudge, or dust. Even extra hard dark woods like Brazilian Cherry still scratch over time, none of them are immune. All hardwood floors pick up nicks and scrapes over time but they are far more noticeable on a dark background than on a light- colored floor.
If you are installing floors in your house, consider a lighter option, particularly if you have children who are naturally rough on floors or pets, since their toenails can scrape up the finish of your flooring very quickly. If you must have dark hardwood, avoid a floor with a highly glossed finish. While dark woods will always show scratches more easily, a glossy surface will only magnify the appearance of nicks and scrapes, as well as highlight every fleck of dirt. A satin finish is preferable, with the further towards matte meaning a lower reflection of light.
Choosing a lighter-shade of dark wood is also an option to achieve the look you are going for while minimizing the appearance of wear and tear on your flooring. Chestnut brown is lighter than a deep coffee brown, but similar enough that the look and feel of your design would not be too different. Patterning or a wood with a variety of tone can also help minimize the appearance of lines. Your flooring specialist could help you choose a wood that has a lot of variation from plank to plank, giving your floor a customized look that could easily hide the scratches and dents that come from typical wear.
Another look that hides imperfections is a distressed or hand-scrapped dark hardwood floor. This is a rustic look that is very beautiful, while also saving you from endless floor cleanings to maintain a spotless dark wood floor.
Dark flooring can be easily used in a master bedroom or other lower-traffic area of the home where the floors will receive less wear and tear. Dark wood floors look amazing with natural light shining through windows and create the feeling of an airy space. For more trafficked areas of the home, consider a lighter colored hardwood that will match your design and feeling you would like for your home.
There’s something about rich, dark hardwood floors. The sophistication and stunning look of dark hardwood makes a lasting impression on any who walk into the room. There are so many ways to decorate with dark hardwood, giving a space both a luxurious feel and coziness at the same time. Dark hardwood isn’t just for those who want to evoke a look of high class; dark hardwood can be used in any room by any kind of home with any kind of need. It’s all about design, and how you use the dark hardwood as part of your home.
For example, in this room, you’ll see the dark hardwood has been weighted by the light, crystal fixture, and green wall tones. The scale of the table, and light colors are a great match for the floors, giving it a youthful design. Choosing style elements like this for your contemporary home will give you both the style you love, and the flexibility to serve purpose for both children and adults.
Here’s a great example of using light and dark tones harmoniously. The white kitchen cabinets and white marble countertops used in conjunction with the dark brown floors gives this kitchen both form and fashion. When designing your own kitchen, use dark and light cabinets or accessories to make the space look larger.
This dining room is slightly larger than the last, and the look is quite different. The style used here is more traditional contemporary and lends itself to a more sophisticated look. The light colored rug lifts the tone up to the white walls and breaks up the monotony of the floors.
If you’re looking for something a little less high-brow, and a bit more comfort focused, choose grays and blues together with tans and greens to make your living room both comfortable and fashionable.
For a fun and functional look, choose lavender accents to compliment lime green furniture or white and gold trim. This room, though small, is both inviting and grand in scale. Clear vases and unencumbered walls give the room a more spacious look.
When deciding on colors for your room, for both the walls and for your décor, think of the color wheel. Browns do well with blues, and light tones, greens, even orange and yellow. Brown is a great base color for any tone or look you’re going for! If you’re undecided on what look you want for your room or home, talk to one of our designers to help you narrow down what you like, what you don’t like, and what you ultimately want in the end.
*All photos used are of rooms and homes Kruper Flooring has provided flooring for.