Gray hardwood floors are growing in popularity, especially in the last 5 years. They are chic, stylish and tend to show up in higher end homes. They can make your home feel unique and up-to-date. An even better bonus, they tend to hide dirt better than other hardwood colors.
In past decades and even years, gray has gotten a bad rap and is often associated with feeling bland, dull, and even lifeless. In reality, from a psychological viewpoint, gray has a calming effect in home decor because of its sense of quiet stability. Because gray does not evoke a particular emotion, it offers a pleasing foundation that enhances emotions of the other color in context. It’s one of the big reasons why modern interior decorators love to use it.
To interior designers and homeowners alike, one of the most appealing features of gray floors is that “it’s not beige”. For so long, “neutral” colors have consisted of varying shades of off-white, browns and creams. Gray somehow accomplishes the same goal of fitting in every possible color scheme without coming across dull. It’s a refreshing addition to the neutral color palette that offsets the look and feel of any room.
All the Options
Gray floors can appear anywhere between black and white on the color spectrum. When it is tinted or stained by a professional finisher, gray hardwood can be light or dark, resembling light sun bleached driftwood to deep graphite. Many mix their own custom colors to give their customers the shade of gray most suited to their needs, style and space.
It seems as though gray is here to stay. While it’s certainly not the only option (as natural wood colors continue to be not only timeless but very popular), it is unlikely that your gray floors will fall out of style any time soon.