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The Pros & Cons of Light Hardwood Floors

Jason Brown Light Hardwood Floors

Light hardwood floors look amazing in the right spaces, but they do come with some drawbacks that should be considered.

We’ve previously discussed the pros and cons of dark hardwood floors, so this time, we’re focusing on light hardwood floors. Dark hardwood floors have a lot of great aspects to them that shouldn’t be ignored, but the bottom line is that they’re not the right fit for every situation. In some cases, the room itself, the interior design, or even just your personal taste might make a dark hardwood floor the wrong option for your needs. Thankfully, light wood has plenty of great benefits of its own that should be considered if you’re still not sure whether to choose dark hardwood floors or light hardwood floors for your home.

Light Hardwood Floors


They make your space feel bigger. Light hardwood floors reflect a lot more light than dark hardwood floors, making your space look bigger than it is. This is a great option for powder rooms and any other small room in your home that could benefit from looking larger.

Give your decor the spotlight. Light hardwood floors don’t demand a lot of attention from the eye, and they go well with decor and design that mainly consists of bright or dark colors.

It’s better at hiding dirt and debris. Light hardwood floors are surprisingly better at hiding minor buildup of dirt and debris, so they look great even when you miss a regular sweep.

It hides minor damage better. Small dents and scratches aren’t as noticeable with light hardwood flooring, so it will look better longer.


It might be too light. A lot of light can open up a room visually, but too much light can wash out the space. If you have light-colored walls, cabinetry and decor, a light hardwood floor might make the space look flat.

Dark debris is more of a problem. While dust and some other debris are often hidden more easily with light hardwood floors, darker debris will be a lot more noticeable than it would be on a dark wood floor. This can especially cause problems if you have pets with dark fur, as their shedding will require you to sweep more often to keep your floors looking pristine.

Staining will be more noticeable. If you stain your lighter hardwood floors, that stain will taunt you until the panels are exchanged for new ones.

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