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Dark or Light Flooring – Which one to choose?

Selecting the right wood colour is a big decision. If you’re trying to choose between light, dark, or any other colour of wood flooring, there are two main factors we consider; the style of the room, and the light in the room.

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Style of the Room

Starting from scratch and redecorating the whole room gives you the widest range of choice on flooring. If you’re keeping your existing furniture and the floors are new, it is very important to think of the whole scope of the room with both options of dark and light flooring. We recommend not choosing a floor that matches your existing furniture; it will make the floor and furniture compete for attention, instead of complementing each other.

We find that light wood floors work best in a room with dark and heavy furniture – the contrast helps create a light and modern look.

On the other hand, dark wood floors work best with neutral, light-toned furniture and walls – they create a warmer look. Other colours, such as Greys, or Natural Oak finishes, sit somewhere in the middle (which perhaps explains why they are so popular). Finally, colour can be used in your design scheme, with both light or dark flooring, as long as you follow the same rules as above; lighter colours with darker floors and vice versa.

Size of the Room

Light wood floors often work best if you are trying to make a smaller room look bigger. They create a more spacious feel as they refract the natural light around your space. Dark wood floors, on the other hand, make a room feel smaller. They work best in large, bright rooms, where the natural light washes across the floorboards. This also allows you to see the details of the floor, such as the grains and knots, giving your space character.

Be bold with colour!

If you need more information or have any further questions on floor colour, please let us know on We know how important it is to make the right choice, as choosing the right floor finish, can make or break your design scheme.


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