Natural hardwood floors have been trending for years now. With good installations and strong finishes, a modern wooden floor can be durable, easy to clean, and warm enough for bare feet. They also add an interesting set of natural patterns to a room thanks to the light and dark lines and swirls in the wooden surface. However, while plain brown floors have been the biggest part of the trend, more and more homeowners are switching to more exotic colors.
Thanks to wood stains, you can change a board’s color without covering up the natural patterns of the wood surface. With the right stain you can make your floor look like an exotic wood like redwood or mahogany, and you won’t have to cut down any rare trees to do it. You can also choose a stain to make your wood floor a bleached white or a dark brown or black to complement the rest of your room’s design. Here are a few reasons why homeowners are looking at dark wood for their new floor material:
No Cost Increase
There are a few kinds of tree that produce naturally dark hardwood, such as ebony. However, ebony is rare and expensive, and after years of over-harvesting most ebony trees are threatened and the products made from it are extremely expensive. However, you can bring the rich, deep color of ebony to your home by staining a more ordinary wood like oak or maple. Staining wood usually adds to the cost compared to going with the natural color, but a dark wood stain won’t cost much more than a light stain.
One reason wood floors, in general, are coming back into fashion is because hardwood is a strong, durable material that resists stains better than carpets and resists damage better than linoleum. It also helps that hardwood finishes and cleaning chemicals are much more advanced than they used to be. Hardwood floors can still scratch, and dark wood does make scratches more visible than lighter shades, but the difference isn’t major and with a little maintenance and effort you can minimize visible scratches no matter what color you go with.
Wood stains don’t have to stick with plain black and deep brown. Since you don’t have to rely on nature, you can choose a variety of different stains that add hints of red, copper, amber, or something even more exotic. A dark color is a strong statement in home décor, so go ahead and make your new floor unique.
Wooden floors are very appealing these days, and exotic colors like white and black can really add to the appeal of a room. If you’re renovating a home for sale a dark hardwood floor can be just the thing to get a buyer’s attention, and if you’re renovating for yourself you’ll love the long-lasting appeal and durability of a hardwood floor. Contact Concord Carpet and Hardwood and discover all the ways we can make your home feel new again.