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Dark Wood Flooring

Dark wood is a type of flooring that’s always popular and never goes out of style. You can achieve dark wood flooring either by using naturally dark coloured wood or by staining. In this article we will take a look at the pros and cons of dark wood to see if it is right for you.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages

Dark wood adds more depth to your home and makes it appear more inviting. The grain of the wood is more evident in dark wood. You can choose from several different kinds of wood, such as Walnut, Mahogany, and Teak. Dark wood absorbs sunlight, making it less prone to fading and sun damage. Its dark colour allows it to pair well with lighter coloured furniture, which adds to its visual appeal. Dark wood also adds to the property value of your home, as they have been known to sell higher as compared to light wood flooring.

Disadvantages

Scratches, dents and furniture scuff marks show up very easily in dark wood flooring and can be very hard to cover up. It may also make your room appear very dark and oppressive if your room does not have bright lighting or furniture. Using it in a small room may also make it appear even smaller. Dirt, dust and pet fur also show more obviously on dark wood, especially with ample lighting in the room.

Maintenance 

To mitigate scratches on your floor, opt for a scratch-resistant or matte finish. Add paddings to your furniture to reduce unnecessary scuff marks and dents. Make sure you maintain a regular cleaning routine of vacuuming, mopping, and dusting. Dark wood floorings require more frequent cleaning due to dust and pet fur showing up more obviously. If your pet has dark fur, it will not show up as obviously on the dark floor.

Costs

The price of dark wood flooring varies depending on the type of wood you choose. If you want a darker coloured flooring, you can choose between staining your hardwood or installing a naturally dark coloured wood. Some of these dark woods include Ash, White Oak, and Hickory wood. However, some dark woods such as Wenge and American Black Walnut are very expensive as they are rarer. As such, staining and sanding is more cost-effective and is usually the preferred choice.

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