There is a common belief that when it comes to picking a new floor for your home or office, you should stick to the basics – choose something that is not going to offend, or draw undue attention to the floor. As we have mentioned on this blog before, the prevailing opinion when it comes to wood flooring is that you have to choose between light and dark; black or white and sometimes gray. There are other options available, however. For example, one of the colors that tends to be underused and otherwise forgotten about is red. Of course, people are aware that hardwood comes in that color, but you do not usually see it in action, for a variety of reasons. While we here at Ozburn-Hessey are happy to install whatever wood flooring you would like, here are some reasons you might want to consider something beyond the norm.
Flaunt it if You’ve Got it
While most people would caution against installing a red wood floor, it is not written anywhere that you need to follow the trends. If you really like something with a little bit more flash, then go for it. For example, a nice cherry flooring, with its rich color and depth, is a great option for someone looking to make a statement. It also makes designing a room a little easier, because you already have the dominant color in play, so you can pick the furniture and the color of the walls and such to match the flooring, not the other way around. And while someone with a dark scheme has to be concerned with the way the color makes the room look smaller and someone with a lighter scheme has to worry about the room appearing too large, a red floor is a nice in-between. Additionally, red tones look nice with a classical design approach, and work with a more modern, stripped down approach as well.
Playing With Others
All these things also apply to gray. Gray is a more versatile option in a lot of ways, because it is not as powerful a color option. That being said, grey can be used to highlight the modernity of a room, because of the way gray is associated with technology. Both options work well with other shades, so if you are the kind of person who likes every room to have its own feel while maintaining a unified design theme, these are the colors for your home or business.
As a bonus, traditionally red and grey wood floors are usually made from oak hardwoods, which is one of the most durable and long-lasting wood flooring options available. So the next time you feel the need to replace your flooring, think Ozburn-Hessey and avoid the impulse to go with the traditional dark or light colors. If you have questions about the sheer number of shades and options outside the big two, or would like to see examples of what this might look like, give us a call and we will help you get started.