Changing the floor colors of your hardwood floors has an immediate impact on the feel of the room. Lighter floor colors do show dirt, but also give the room a lighter feel. Darker floor colors have a dramatic look that will not show dirt as easily. Before picking hardwood floor colors, here are several tips for you. Choose a good quality hardwood floor manufacturer. A reputable manufacturer makes sure that the color of all their products are true to color samples. What you choose will be what you get. Also remember that each manufacturer may have a different name for each color. A golden oak from one manufacturer may be a slightly different color at another manufacturer. Decide on contrasting color or complementary color. If your furniture is mainly dark-colored, you may not like the look of dark floors with dark furniture. Furniture tends to blend into the total effect. If your furniture is light, you may not want a stark contrast with very dark furniture. Choose a medium tone of hardwood floor. You may want to consider the next owner of the house if you have plans for selling your home in the near future. When doing several rooms, stay consistent throughout each floor of the home.
Fine-tune your color selection. Even within a “dark” color group or a “medium” color group there are many tones and shades that can make a difference to the look of your room. Some hardwood floor colors are reddish, others more neutral. Some oaks have a decidedly yellowish tone. Select the shade that creates the best match with other furnishings that will be in the room.