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The Pros & Cons of Dark Hardwood Floors

Jason Brown Dark Hardwood Floors

If you’re hoping to add dark hardwood floors to your home, there are some pros and cons to think about before making a final decision.

Choosing between light and dark hardwood floors can certainly come down simply to personal taste and aesthetic, but they both possess various pros and cons that should be considered when you’re planning to have new wood floors installed. It can be good to know whether they will go well with your lifestyle and your family’s needs. It can also be beneficial to know the strengths and weaknesses of the hardwood floors you choose so you can keep them maintained and protected for many years.

Dark Hardwood Floors


They can increase your home value or make it easier to sell. Dark hardwood floors are quite popular, and buyers find them desirable. If you hope to sell one day, dark wood might be the better choice.

Dark wood adds warmth and elegance. Dark hardwood floors bring in contrast and warm up any room, especially if you have light walls, cabinetry, or décor. It can also feel more sophisticated and elegant than light wood floors.

It’s better in large rooms. If you have a large room, light hardwood floors can make the space feel expansive to the point that it becomes too vast and struggles to feel comfortable. Dark Hardwood floors ground the room and ensure that it doesn’t appear too big visually so it still maintains a comfortable feeling and aesthetic.

It goes with just about any décor. Whether you’re flaunting bright colors or utilizing light furniture and décor, dark hardwood floors tend to complement most interior décor styles. It can also help neutralize the effect of overly bright décor a bit to make it feel less loud and more cozy.

It doesn’t fade as easily as light wood. Dark hardwood floors are less prone to significant fading, so they’ll look amazing in your home for many years.

Stains won’t be as obvious. In many cases, an accidental stain won’t be as noticeable on dark wood, so you can generally rest easy knowing your floor will hide these flaws.


It can make smaller spaces feel a little claustrophobic. Light expands visual space, and while dark wood doesn’t necessarily shrink visual space, it does not lend itself to helping tight spaces feel less tight. If you need to open up a room, dark wood might not be the best option.

Dust, dirt, and debris are a little more apparent than with light wood. It can depend on the type of dark wood you choose, but some of them don’t hide dust, dirt, and debris as well as light hardwood floors. This just means staying on top of cleaning a bit more, which is good for the longevity of your wood floors.

Dents and scratches are more apparent. Even minor damage is often more noticeable on some dark hardwood floors, but choosing one with a high Janka rating can make it so that your floors are more impervious to this kind of damage in the first place.

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