Choosing the right hardwood floor for your home comes with a lot of considerations: the species, stain, finish, and size all have to be considered before you know exactly what the room will look like. For many Pittsburgh homeowners, the hardest part is deciding how light or dark they want their floors to be. This decision comes down to the homeowner’s desired aesthetic, based on how the floors look with the layout of the room and the color and style of the décor.

Light Hardwoods

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The benefit of having light floors is that they tend to make a room look larger than it really is, which can be an advantage in smaller spaces. They also serve to brighten up a room, which can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on the use and desired look of the room. Light hardwood floors also show few scratches in their surface because hardwoods tend to be naturally light, so deep scratches aren’t as noticeable as they would be with a dark stain.

High traffic homes with kids or pets often have light hardwood floors, as scratches and dirt are less noticeable on the light stain. It should be noted, however, that extremely light floors can be hard to achieve through staining and painting, so it may require more coats than other colors.

Dark Hardwoods

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Dark hardwood floors have been growing in popularity because of the sleek elegance they bring to a room. Dark hardwoods are typically thought to be more formal, but they can also be used to create a rustic or antique look. Lighter furniture and walls tend to look better with darker floors because they avoid any possible color clashing between two dark colors. This contrast creates a striking appearance that many Pittsburgh homeowners find appealing.

Something to consider with dark hardwoods is that they have the potential to show more scratches and dirt if not cared for regularly. All hardwoods sustain damage over time, but this may be more visible on a darker floor, which is something for homeowners with children and pets to consider.

Get Started in Pittsburgh Today

Are you planning on installing hardwoods in your home? Contact the experts at Floor Coverings International Greater Pittsburgh to find the perfect wood, stain, and finish for your home. We will bring the samples to you in our Mobile Flooring Showroom so that you can meet with one of our Design Associates. Schedule your free in-home consultation today! We proudly serve Pittsburgh, Mt. Lebanon, Wexford, Cranberry, Mars and the surrounding areas.

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