A lot of people tend to get caught up in selecting the material to use for flooring in their home and might neglect one of the more important decisions in this process: the color. This is understandable if they are using residential carpeting or laminate flooring, since there are an almost infinite amount of color and style options available. Traditional hardwood flooring is a bit more limited. With these things in mind, here is a little guide to help you get started.
Light Shades Look Great on Residential Carpeting
You might be tempted to avoid lighter colors due to their propensity for staining, but they are one of the best options available, especially if you are concerned about space. Lighter colors tend to make smaller spaces look much larger. If you want your bedroom to look a little bigger than it is without sacrificing space elsewhere, one option is to use a lighter shade of carpet. This includes whites and lighter shades of colors, like a pastel blue or a light cream color. While you certainly are able to go with something a little darker due to the fact that carpet is more dense and sits higher than pretty much all other flooring materials, it will make the room look exponentially smaller. This might be great for very large rooms, or if you are using commercial carpeting, but it will only shrink the rooms in your home.
Neutral Tones Are Perfect for the Kitchen
If you’re looking for a good tone to use in the kitchen but aren’t sure what will look good, gray is a wonderful tone. For one thing, it doesn’t really impact the way you perceive the size of the room. For another thing, grey is dark enough that it won’t show any stains from food as prominently as a lighter shade would. A dark kitchen floor will just look strange. Neutral colored flooring is also a good fit for an office since it won’t reflect the light from the harsh fluorescent overhead lighting in many offices, which can be harmful to the eyes.
Traditional Hardwood Flooring is Made to be Dark
If you plan on installing traditional hardwood floors, you will have darker toned floors. Most finishes for hardwood flooring are darker in tone because it helps hide away a lot of the natural scuffing and scratches that are part and parcel of having hardwood floors. If these things do show up, they will show up as character in the wood, not as an eyesore. The color’s impact on size isn’t always a bad thing, either. It will help make a living room feel more cozy and inviting, or bring the family together around a fire.
There will always be a place for the colors and shades you want to use in your home or office. The trick is to find the best place to utilize the components working in favor of those colors or against them. This can be tricky sometimes, which is why if you live in the Nashville and greater Middle Tennessee area, the professionals at Ozburn-Hessey are waiting to talk to you. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with all of your flooring needs.