Hardwood is by far the most popular flooring option in the Hoosier state, which should come as no surprise to anyone aware of its many benefits. Hardwood floors are durable, versatile, and gorgeous. At Floor Coverings International of Carmel, we help families in the greater Carmel, Fishers, Zionsville, McCordsville, and Westfield area find the right floors for their home. Hardwood comes in a variety of colors, and choosing the right hue can be difficult. Here are some tips for picking between dark and light hardwood floors.
Open and Modern
Lighter hardwoods—from medium brown to blonde—make spaces feel more open and airy. Light hardwood does its best work in rooms with lots of natural light and white walls. They are a great choice for modern aesthetics because of their subdued, flat look. There are many light hardwoods to choose from, including:
- Maple is a popular choice in Carmel due to its soft, warm appearance. The wood in its core is dark, but the outer layers of a maple tree are lighter.
- Red oak also ranges in color, but it can be found in many lighter hues. It is very durable, with a Janka hardness rating of 1,290, making it a great choice for busy households and pet owners.
Natural and Authentic
Darker hardwoods—from dark brown to almost black—conjure up feelings of elegance and class. Dark hardwood floors can also feel rustic and authentic. A dark hickory plank floor, for example, can pay homage to our frontier ancestors who built their homes from local timber. There are many darker hardwood options, including hickory, white oak, and Brazilian cherry. You can also transform any light hardwood into a dark hardwood by adding a tasteful stain.
Find Your Dream Floors
Your local flooring experts at Floor Coverings International of Carmel work with Carmel families every day to find their dream floors. In the market for new hardwood? Give us a call today to schedule your free, in-home consultation!
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