Out With the Light and In With the Dark

Dark Hardwood Floors
For years, light stains and finishes is what attracted people. Then for some time, people were attracted to natural wood stains and finishes. But what is becoming increasingly popular are the darker stains and finishes. In fact, several stores have reported an increase in the number of ebony stain colors. On shows such as Flip That House and Trading Spaces, darker wood is becoming the preferred choice. What is attributing to this change from light to dark?

According to theories, darker floor colors makes a room look bigger because it absorbs more light. It might sound a bit absurd to come to that conclusion but according to experts, this has been proven.


Others just like the effect that it gives the floors. Chris Barrett, an interior designer had this to say about dark stains: “Dark floors make white baseboards and light rugs and furniture pop.” Decorator Randy Ridless also feels that “dark floors allow you to appreciate the sculptural qualities of furniture and objects.” Both would agree that dark floors are great for modern and traditional settings.

All rooms will not generate the same effect with dark floors. Larger rooms such as formal living rooms and dining rooms tend to have a better aesthetic for dark floors. Hallways, small bedrooms in most cases do not work well with dark floors. However, if there is one continuous space, the wood color should generally remain the same throughout.

Another aspect for the rise of dark wood is that new furniture choices have come into place. Light sofas, glass tables, light wall units, etc have taken the place of wood furniture and dark sofas. Even painting schemes have gone two-tone as opposed to one color throughout. Because of this change, people are looking for that perfect look that would complement such design choices. To some, a dark wood floor becomes a better alternative.

Is it really out with the light and in with dark? Well, not exactly. However, there is definitely a swing of the pendulum towards the side of darker wood floors.


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