In general darker colors during times of economic crises probably work better.
In times of excess the lighter colors might work more.
You might check out this blog post..
or search around for more information on this idea. I know I've seen it before and trying to think back on times where there was excess or doom and gloom and it seems to have held true in my marketplace on a broad sense.
Dark hardwoods floors are both dramatic and sophisticated, from elegant ebony to a ruddy cherry. Pair dark floors with light furnishings for a thoroughly modern combination. Use dark floors as a foundation for rooms filled with light-colored slip covers and area rugs.
Dark stains enhance a wood's grain.
Dark hardwood floors absorb light and are not susceptible to fading.
Many dark woods such as mahogany, walnut and African jatoba provide a rich sumptuous look providing an overall luxurious effect.
For floors that hide the dirt choose walnut or medium dark woods.
Natural clear finishes wear better than high gloss .
Certain woods, such as maple don't take stains very well. This may be a factor if you are refinishing floors as opposed to installing new.
Dark woods show dust and pet hair.
Scratches tend to show more on dark hardwood floors.
Light Hardwood Floors
Light hardwood floors offer a crisp modern look or a casual traditional feel depending on the space.
Light hardwoods are perfect in rooms that don't get a lot of natural sunlight.
Light hardwood floors make a room appear larger,
Light floors look cleaner longer and camouflage wear better than dark floors.
For a more contemporary look try beech or bamboo.
Unstained floors will darken faster than dark woods. Use a protective finish that incorporates UV protection.
Some light woods - white ash and beech are too soft for high traffic areas. Harder varieties - oak, maple, yellow birch are better for kitchens, and mudrooms.
With all this being said, either one will certainly enhance you home.
Joni Baldwin, REALTOR, ASP
It truly depends on the current wood tones and style of your home and how they will compliment each other. Many floor companies will bring samples to you rather than you going to them and you will be able to see how the different wood tones compliment and enhance your home. If they don't come to you, you should be able to bring samples home to compare. the previous answers are all things to consider as well, as to installation, durability, what is higher maintenance etc...
By "lighter" color, if you mean the natural color of the oak, that is always a safe bet, Whatever you do, do not bleach the floors - that is very outdated.
Too dark might make a small room look smaller - so much depends on the size and style of the home.
So......When in doubt- go with the more neutral, lighter natural color!
More important for the colors to match, rather than look odd.
Also bear in mind dark polished floors show dirt and footprints easy, and require
a higher maintenance.
More and more folks are going with medium tones, hand scraped hard wood floors
that are not too slippery.
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Even doing that you can't appeal to every buyer... so go with what you like. You may as well enjoy while you are still living there.
The difficult task here is to determine what value a Buyer would put on the color of the hardwoods.
In my opinion, you create the atmosphere most appealing to you and enjoy it! Buyers typically do
not show me any concern as to the color of hardwoods, they more concerned about the condition
of the floors. A great Buyer's agent is going to circumvent any cosmetic challenges by offering
solutions to the (potential) Buyer's concerns. It is like painting my walls, which I struggle with. I have
Buyers that bolt when they see the deep dark Texas red accent wall however I also have shown
the same home to a Buyer that just adores the color.
Do what you want. If you are selling 2 years from now, Buyer's are going to have more to be concerned
about than the color of the hardwood floor. Such as floor plan, location and price. Since your Listing Agent
would be taking pictures and advertising the home as is, the Buyer's that select your home to visit
will already know what shade of flooring is in the home.
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If you decide to use darker floors, scraping them can have a great effect, especially in high traffic areas.
Best of luck on your remodel efforts!
I'm with you on the mahogany. I think it's beautiful. In Wisconsin I work with many buyers and it is really about half and half right now. What I can say is that beautiful as it is, there is a trend to go with the darker floors right now, but I don't think it will be around to stay. I think it's going to become something that dates the home somewhere down the road. BUT, since you are planning to sell in the near future, you may want to check with your local buyer's agents and see what kind of feedback they are currently getting.
p.s. Some will say if you have oak woodwork you should stick with that. I'm not one of them. I love the look of an eclectic mixture of woods. Personally, I think it adds interest to a room.
The overall trend/preference right now is very dark followed by very light. And, in general reds are less popular - they are polarizing, so if you are looking to sell, I would stay away from them.
As many have mentioned, the most important thing is the style of the home, and there is no one right answer. If you have existing hardwood, then usually it's less expensive to natural (i.e. light) rather than a stain.
If you do solid oak, you are in good shape as a) it tends to be less expensive, b) it's broadly appealing and c) it can be refinished/stained to match virtually everyone's taste.
You may find this article handy.
The appearance and condition of any floor adds to the presentability of a home and contributes toward its sale but in terms of contributing to its value....this may be a stretch since it is considered as part of a homes normal maintenance.
Granted, whatever you put down should go well with and complement other existing areas. Our recommendation is to visit any flooring sales office and ask for their input....they will be able to provide you with good possibilities.
Additionally, if you are planning on selling soon, don't overlook the possibility of keeping it simple and replacing the existing carpet. It's possible that this may be the prefered choice of your future buyer. It's difficult to make BIG mistakes when you keep it simple.