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Saddleback Carpet & Floorings: Top 6 Questions When Purchasing Dark vs Light Hardwood Flooring

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So you’re in the market for new flooring and you know that you want hardwood flooring but you just don’t know if you want dark or light. Seems hard so here’s some more information to help make your buying decisions a little easier. Hardwood has an everlasting affect on a home, it’s durable and helps turn a house into a home for years to come.

Even if you’re building you’re new dream home or renovating an older one, hardwood is an awesome pick. One of the toughest decision home owners face when investing in new flooring is: Light vs Dark. Think about the pros and cons for each so that you make the right decision for your home.

Harwood isn’t like a hat that anyone can wear, it has to fit your home and your lifestyle. Here’s some things to think about before making your purchase:

  • Think about how your home is decorated now and how you may decorated in the future
  • How many times a week to you clean
  • How much traffic does your home have
  • Whether or not you have kids
  • The age of your kids
  • Do you have pets
  • Are they trained properly, etc.

People sometimes just like the look and feel of the lighter hardwood, while others are in love with the dark hardwood. This is a perfect time to be honest about what you want and what you think looks best. This will play a huge part in your buying decision.

We’ve created a list of the Top 6 Questions buyers have when purchasing dark or light hardwood flooring:

1. Benefits of Installing Light Or Dark Hardwood Floors?

Hardwood will give you a long lasting durable flooring option, being that most of the hardwood is easy to clean when normal spills occur, there really is no better choice for you. You really have to think about the area that you changing as a blank canvas that you’ll slowly finish. Remember part of the list above was to take a look at the furnishing in the space.

Our Orange County Carpet & Flooring Company recommends that you think about your specific style in order to make your final purchasing decision.

2. What Area Should I Install My New Dark or Light Hardwood Floors?

So Dark and light flooring gives you a totally different look:

Dark – Gives great contrast with lighter interior decorations or furniture like kitchen cabinets, dining room set or living room décor, you can however notice the dirt a little more with Dark Hardwood, but if you don’t mind cleaning once in a while then consider the Dark Hardwood.

Light – Doesn’t go well with lighter furnishing but you also don’t notice all the dirt as much. It’s great for heavy traffic areas.

3. How Should I Decorate my Home?

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You should think about your flooring like your walls. The same way your home walls act like a “blank” canvas for your room is the same way your choice of flooring will affect your decorations. Make sure you pick flooring that compliments your existing and future walls and home furnishings.

4. Which Costs More – Dark or Light Hardwood Floors?

This is such a broad concern, especially with all the options Saddleback Carpet & Flooring carries, but for the most part darker hardwood are slightly less expensive than lighter hardwood.

5. What If I Have Pets?

Hardwood flooring can be a headache with untrained pets and is not highly recommended by some, we tend to disagree because of the ease of clean up. It all depends on what type of pets you have also. Engineered Hardwood is a great choice to go with if you have pets. Getting thicker planks is also recommended if you own pets. Make sure you come into our newly designed show room for any questions on this matter.

6. Is Dark or Light Hardwood Better With My Kitchen Cabinets?

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Even tough a lot of white, black and colored appliances are popular, stainless steel is still one of the most sought after choices. Stainless steel appliances seem to have the same everlasting effect hardwood flooring does. When you decide to make your final decision make sure to consider a contrasting finish of flooring to the appliances you currently own.


Make sure to not make your home too dark! Just because you may really like the darker hardwood, take into consideration your style and existing living conditions. Interior designer tend to stay away from dark flooring with smaller homes or homes that have too many walls with a limited amount of windows, so if this is you, you may want to seriously consider a lighter hardwood. If your home is open with lots of windows than a darker hardwood may be the best options for you. Again make sure you make a list of things that are important to you and think about what floor best suites your lifestyle.


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