Carpet floors are a thing of the past, more and more families are now opting for hardwood floors instead. In fact, in today’s market, installing new hardwood floors will actually increase your home’s market value.
But choosing the right floor for your space is very important, from the wood species to the board widths, color, texture and finish.
Of all the choices you will make when selecting your new hardwood floor, the most important one is what color to use, since the color can completely change the feel of the room.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when deciding on what color to use for your new hardwood floors:
- The first aspect to keep in mind is the size of the room, as well as the height of the ceiling, color and texture of walls and furniture.
- If you are working with a small room or a room with low ceiling, you might want to stick to lighter colors for the walls and floor, since darker colors will make the room look smaller.
- While it is very important to keep in mind the colors of your walls and furniture, they should not match exactly to your floors. You must instead, choose colors that will compliment each other, giving the room a nice confortable flow.
- If you have kids or pets in the house, chances are that you will end up with scratches and dents through out your floor. Natural colored floors preferably with mate finish will make it much easier to conceal scratches and dents.
- Darker shades of wood will give the room a much more modern look which is becoming increasingly popular.
Now you are ready to go to the newest showroom and start looking at the many options they offer. Take along fabric samples, paint chips or cabinet doors that you will be using in the particular room. After looking at your options, narrow it down to 2 or three shades of wood and ask for samples to take home (no need to take all the samples home, that will just make everything more complicated). Look at the samples against your furniture, walls and any other major aspects of the room. Make sure to look at the samples at daytime and nighttime since that could have a big impact on your choice. Now it is just a process of elimination until you narrow it down to your favorite shade of flooring.