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Originally posted 29th October 2019

Last updated 13th June 2023

Dark Wood Flooring - The Benefits

Flooring isn’t something you want to change too often – it’s a big task and...

Paul Hambidge

Managing Director Factory Direct Flooring Ltd

4 min read
Written by Expert

Flooring isn’t something you want to change too often – it’s a big task and comes with a cost. For any room, changing a floor is a big decision and one you want to get right. When choosing a wooden floor, many people find it hard to choose between a dark wood or a light wood. Lighter tones can give an airy feel to a room, whereas dark woods give a modern look. But that’s not all, here are more benefits to choosing dark wood flooring.

The Benefits Of Choosing A Dark Wood Floor

Why choose dark wood for your flooring? There are a number of benefits of a darker shade form styling to maintenance.

Shows The Grain

A dark wood floor shows off the grain of the wood to a greater extent than lighter floors do. This gives a dramatic effect, a natural aesthetic, and helps bring out the wood’s fundamental beauty.

Works With A Variety Of Styles

Dark wood flooring in bedroom

The rich hues of dark wood floors give a modern look to any room. But this doesn’t mean it’s for a limited style, dark floors are versatile and ready to pair with a variety of tastes and colours. The wood can be contrasted with several colour schemes. Light and bright colours will stand out against the dark wood or effortlessly complement other dark colours.

Gives Proportion

If you have a large area that feels impersonal and unwelcoming, a dark floor can help. The dark colour absorbs more light than other colours, making the room feel more enclosed. This can help a large, sparse space feel more homely – especially when paired with minimalist decor schemes.

Forgiving Colour

Flooring in a dark colour helps to hide grim and dirt and so needs less cleaning than a lighter colour. If you have a busy day to day life this is obviously a blessing. The darker colour can also mask scuffs and stains, making maintenance needing to be carried out less often. Because of this, a dark wood floor can keep a room looking fresh for longer.

Doesn’t Fade Quickly

Fading dark wood flooring

This is because darker colours absorb more sunlight than lighter hues. If your room takes in a lot of sunlight, choose a dark floor as it will fade the least. Therefore, maintenance is not needed as often as paler woods, as they look better for longer. This is especially useful in rooms with large windows or skylights, where paler floors would need to be refreshed regularly.

How To Style A Room With Dark Wood Flooring

Floors that are a darker colour can match any room, giving an elegant look. Here are three different ways you can style a room with a dark wooden floor:

Use Contrasts

Contrasts can really make furnishings stand out. You could paint your wall a brilliant white, or use a brightly coloured rug to contrast the darker hues. Light and/or bold furnishings and features really stand out with a dark floor.

Try A Transition

Transitions look really good in rooms such as kitchens. If you have a light coloured wall you can choose a shade between this and the dark floor for cabinets, for example. This transition gives a relaxed feel as the colours don’t contrast as obviously, giving a smooth transformation from the dark floor to the light walls.

Go All Out

Another option is to completely embrace the darkness of the floor. Use a dark wall colour to create a really cosy room, emerald or a dark indigo work well here. Neutral textures, medium wood colours, and warm metallics for the furnishings give an intimate feel to a dark room.

Our Flooring Calculator

When you browse any type of flooring at Factory Direct Flooring Ltd, each product has a flooring calculator on the page. Simply enter the surface area in either metres or feet squared and our My Project flooring calculator will tell you how many packs you’ll need and how much it will cost you.

By simply measuring your room and entering your dimensions, we will provide you with an instant price which will show on every type of flooring you browse across our website. You can either input the total coverage or your width and length measurements, in meters or feet. You can even save your measurements room by room to make your shopping experience stress-free.

It also offers to add an extra 10% for wastage. While this may cost a little bit more, we highly recommend adding it just in case there are mishaps during the installation process. Enjoy the My Project flooring calculator below:

If you’re looking for a modern, elegant flooring, dark wood can give this feeling to any room. The rich hues are versatile and can match any interior. Have a browse at our dark wood flooring options.

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About the Author

Paul Hambidge, Managing Director

Paul has 32 years of flooring industry knowledge & experience from both an installation and manufacturing perspective. He started out as installer of very large commercial flooring projects for multiple retailers. As director of Factory Direct Flooring Ltd, he has been involved in all aspects of flooring and has worked with some of the largest producers of wood flooring, vinyl flooring and laminate floors.