Post # 1
We are renovating one of our rental properties and arguing about the flooring 😛
I feel that dark hardwood looks the best. Oh, I love the deep, rich wood. MrPanda99 feels that light hardwood would be the best. To this I say, yuck. I’ve always thought dark was more popular (it’s in all the homes I go too) but maybe I am way off. I am not decorating to my own tastes, I want to do what will appeal to the most people.
What do you think?
Post # 3
I chose medium because my parent’s house has medium colored wood floors. And I’m just bad at making up my mind 🙂
I think it depends on what room it is and what the paint color is. I have a hard time picturing a room with dark flooring and white walls. But if the walls are a darker color than I think dark wood would go better. To me a dark floor also seems more formal so I would use it in a formal dining room versus a casual kitchen.
ETA: I do have a terrible fashion sense which probably means I would terrible at designing a room so my opinion probably doesn’t count for much 🙂
Post # 4
@MrsPanda99: I agree with you, LOVE dark hardwood. I think it really depends on a matter of taste tho, as I know some people like lighter. I know lighter is less likely to show scratches and the like 🙂
Post # 5
I love the darker wood. We have an older house and the livingroom has lighter wood while the kitchen/dining area have darker wood and I think the dark just looks amazing and beautiful. Also the light shows every freaking piece of dirt/dust etc.
Post # 6
honestly I think it depends on the house, the lighting (or how much natural light gets in through the windows), and most defintely your kitchen cabinets.
My parents just put in hardwood (before they decided to move and put that house up for rent) and chose a medium because it went really well with the cabinets and the built in bookshelves. It looked gorgeous because of they way it matched and the paint scheme they had going. Dark but not too dark. Inviting and not too formal looking. They then moved into a house with lighter floors and lots of white and GIANT windows. It’s gorgeous in it’s own way because the house it light, open, airy, and just plain gorgeous. It realy just depends. Do you have any pics?
Post # 7
@Baroness_Meg: That’s very true. People with pets, little kids, and poor cleaning habits (dust) may not like dark hardwood. Then again, I don’t necessarily want to rent to people with pets, kids, or poor cleaning habits 😛
Post # 8
@MrsPanda99: Ohh I love this question… because I absolutely love hardwood floors haha. Our house has beautiful dark cherry wood floors, which I love, and which we get many compliments on. I do think dark hardwoods look much, much nicer and really scale up the visual appeal. However, something to think about is that lighter colored wood hides scratches a lot easier. I can already tell we’ll have to sand and restain in a couple years!
Post # 9
I love darker. We’re building a new house and our hardwoods will be dark. Also, the current home we’re selling has dark hardwoods and we’ve gotten lots of compliments. I think it’s a more classic, elegant look.
Post # 10
@MrsPanda99: I LOVE dark hardwoods but in our house we went with not a super light color but I wouldnt call it medium either. Its bright and I ended up loving it. But we have dogs, and darkwoods show scratches a lot more than the light do. If your looking for something that will be less maintenance maybe the lighter would be a better choice.
Post # 11
@MrsPanda99: My apartment has light hardwood, and it’s nice, but I like dark better. Most apartments I’ve seen go for medium or light colored.
Post # 12
@QueenOfSerendip: My own home has dark cherry wood floors. But I am careful in my own home. We haven’t rented this space out yet, so perhaps MrPanda99 is right (for once) and we should stick to light. I would hate for a tenant to ruin it…which is why I’m replacing it to begin with. Le sigh.
Post # 13
I used to love the look of super dark wood… but FI’s parents recently redid their floors and went with a rich, mahogany coloured wood (not sure what the actual wood was) and we’re both obsessed with it! I really like it because it isn’t just all one flat colour, it has a lot of contrast in it which I think looks great and also doesn’t show hair, etc, as much. Fi’s parents have cats and we are considering getting one so when we redo our floors, this will be a consideration!
Post # 14
Ours is darker but very distressed, so I voted medium because a lot of hardwood is almost black its so dark.
This is engineered hand-scraped Birch hardwood from a company in Louisiana that makes floors that mimic antique finishes. We have a big farmhouse in the Texas hill country, so this fit our view of the house nicely.
Post # 15
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@MrsPanda99: I hate medium, it looks so dated! Dark or light depending on the color of the walls.
Post # 16
I think dark hardwood is really nice. The only problem is that it shows every last piece of dirt and dust on it!!! Our home has cherry wood floors and I constanly see fluff and dust on it and it drives me nuts!!!