When "refurbishing" hardwood floors, should you stay with the light or stain it darker? Which is most popular??

Asked by mjgable48, Cedartown, GA Fri Aug 23, 2013

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Yolie Perez, Agent, Fort Worth, TX
Thu Sep 12, 2013
I know that dark stain is popular but it does make a room appear darker. I know of someone who made the change from a light wood to a dark one and wasn't happy that it made the house appear darker. Just something to think about. One more thing, lint on a dark floor stands out a great deal.
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Dallas Texas, Agent, Dallas, TN
Fri Aug 23, 2013
Recommend to go "middle of the road medium color" darker color more dust it shows, lighter color more ground in dirt that it shows.

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Don Groff, Agent, Austin, TX
Fri Aug 23, 2013
Barring anything crazy I would go with what you enjoy. I have seen both kinds in different homes and they both look great. Lighter floors are much easier to keep clean as they do not show as much of the dust build up. I have darker floors and they show everything.

I would look at if from what you think would look best and if you plan on staying in the home for a while it will allow you to enjoy them more. If you are doing this in a process for getting the home ready for sale , I would still recommend you go by your opinion or maybe ask a few friends and/or neighbors what they think. Depending on where the floors are, the type of cabinets or furniture you either may be the best option or they both may be equally as appealing. So you never know unfortunately but either way you are adding value to your home.

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Caleb Hart, Renter, Orem, UT
Wed Mar 11, 2015
I have been in a lot of homes lately, and there seems to be a trend. The darker floors are more prevalent in a lot of the newer homes. I guess you want to make a choice that will help you resell the home. In the end, the right choice is the one that makes you happy though. http://www.surplussalesinc.com/hardwood.html
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fosterkicks99, , 78052
Wed Sep 3, 2014
That is a preference matter. I like it a little on the darker side. Even if dust is a little easier to see, I can tell faster if my kids have actually done the sweeping or not.
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Nathan Neely, Agent, Keller, TX
Sat Aug 23, 2014
That is a catch 22, the dark is more popular right now but is hard to keep clean. It is kind of like a black car looks awesome right after you clean it but if you drive 5 miles it looks dirty.

I would recommend a hand scraped or weathered look as it hides imperfections and is really popular right now. As far as color goes I would go as light as you can but still like the look the last time we had wood done in our home we went with a medium hickory color and we have been really happy with the floors, it still has the dark look but does not have to be cleaned every 15 mins.

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Debbie Gartn…, Home Owner, White Plains, NY
Mon Jan 27, 2014
I think this depends on many factors including whether you are selling or staying, style of home and condition of floors. We sand and refinish floors all week long and the preferences vary.

In general, darker is more popular (especially jacobean stain), followed by very light. Mid tones and red tones are least popular and most polarizing.

But, you need to look at the style, size and light of the home. For some homes that are darker and smaller, dark stained floors make the house look dreary and light can be a better choice. Dark floors are bit more challenging to clean/maintain. Light floors tend to last longer and show scratches less. Dark is more formal and more dramatic; light is more casual.

You may find this article handy.
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Fri Oct 18, 2013

There is really much more that should go into making a decision such as this one....For example, furnishings, other wood finishes in the proximity of these floors, the lighting in the area etc. Obviously, darker wood in a low light area might not be the best route to go.

Keep in mind also that the natural aging process also can cause the wood coloration to change over time and darken as well.

I would recommend going to one of your area's building supply stores and asking for wood samples that represent the various tones you might consider and take them home to try out. This simple process may provide you with the clarity you are seeking.

Good luck,

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Molly Hay -…, Agent, Columbus, OH
Thu Oct 17, 2013
Around here the darker floors are very popular!!!
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Lady Theresa…, Agent, Southlake, TX
Thu Oct 17, 2013
Dark woods are popular, but they show every spec of dust, dirt, dog hair, and scratch. Medium to lighter colors are easier to maintain.
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Susie Kay, Agent, Dallas, TX
Thu Oct 17, 2013
Darker color is more popular now!

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Lady Theresa…, Agent, Southlake, TX
Fri Aug 23, 2013
The darker the floor, the more the dust shows.
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John Straub, Agent, Fort Worth, TX
Fri Aug 23, 2013
If you are just doing this to sell soon darker is the current trend . If you are doing this work for you look at your space and what adjoins the space where the hardwoods are. What are the color tones in the area? Dark hardwood may or may not be the way to go. Best of luck to you!

John Straub
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Jason Todd, Agent, Frisco, TX
Fri Aug 23, 2013
Definitely darker stain.Walk in some of the newer model homes and that's all you will see.
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Tricia Hudson, Agent, Keller, TX
Fri Aug 23, 2013
As a Realtor my clients like the medium dark to darker dark.
As an Interior Decorator my clients mostly all want the medium to dark as well.
Most clients that I have do not care for the blonde color or the light oak color.
I hope this will help you.
Tricia Hudson
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Lois Knez, Agent, Southlake, TX
Fri Aug 23, 2013
There's no question dark wood is most popular today. If you look inside all the model homes, you'll notice their interior designers have selected a dark wood stain for the floors. Although dark wood looks beautiful and dramatic (when clean), I must warn you of their high maintenance! Even the smallest piece of dust stands out! I would recommend you choose a shade between medium and dark, but stay away from the extreme dark stains such as espresso and ebony (unless you're ready to pull out the Swiffer 3 times/day!)
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Karen Peyton, Agent, Chandler, AZ
Fri Aug 23, 2013
A flooring company can best answer your question about what's "trending." I, on the other hand, say do what "you" love, assuming of course that you'll be living with it for some time. If your plan is to sell, definitely go with the trend. The "trend" will sell.
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