Hardwood flooring is, without a doubt, one of the most popular types of flooring. However, with so many beautiful options available at Frank’s, how is it possible to choose between light and dark flooring for your home?

With advantages and disadvantages unique to both, sometimes it simply comes down to personal preference and the design aesthetic you have for your home. 

At Frank’s, we’ve compiled a list of pros and cons when it comes to light and dark hardwood flooring. 

Light hardwood flooring: Pros

Provides a light and casual feel

Light coloured wood flooring has a lighter and more casual look to it. So, if you want to achieve an airy, open space then you will love this option! 

Pairs well with dark furnishings

If your home already features lots of dark coloured furniture, wooden floors that are light in colour can help balance out the look.

Helps your home feel bigger

Light coloured wood flooring bounces light around a room more than dark flooring does. Therefore, rooms with light flooring can make your rooms feel bigger.

Flexibility in style

From traditional and modern to rustic and aged, at Frank’s you just name it and we have it! With a wide range of design styles available, there’s a stain or finish to suit every preference.

Light hardwood flooring: Cons

Shows up debris more

Depending on the style chosen, light wood flooring can show more dirt, dust and debris. For example, if you have a pet with dark-coloured hair, light flooring may not be the best choice for you. 

Fades faster

Lighter floors are prone to fading quicker than dark hardwood flooring. Therefore if you are considering reflooring areas near large glass doors or windows, you may wish to consider a darker look.

Water stains, gaps, and knots 

These can often stand out more with light wood flooring.

Can sometimes look washed out

In large rooms exposed to lots of natural light, sometimes light hardwood flooring can give the impression of a washed out look. To counteract this issue, ensure you interject plenty of colour throughout the room with accessories and other textures. 

Dark hardwood flooring: Pros

Increases home resale value

Some studies have suggested that homes that feature dark hardwood flooring sell faster and for more money.

Contrasting and stylish

Dark hardwood floors effortlessly create richness and contrast in a room. If you have chosen light colours for your walls, furnishings and accessories; dark flooring will help create a contrast that makes your room ‘pop’.

Keeps its look for longer

Dark flooring is less prone to fading than light wood flooring, which means it will last for longer.

Flexible styling

Dark hardwood floors can be used for a variety of design styles. To get the exact look you want, there is guaranteed to be a stain or finish available at Frank’s to suit your needs.

Elegant and cosy feel

Depending on the style you choose, a dark hardwood floor can provide a warm and comforting feel to any room. They also offer a more luxurious vibe to a room as opposed to more natural light woods.

Dark hardwood flooring: Cons

Can make a space feel smaller

If you already have a small room, dark wood flooring could make it look and feel smaller. 

Shows light-coloured debris more

If you have a pet with white hair, for example. 

So, pop down to your local Frank’s and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect hardwood flooring for your home.

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