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Simple Tips To Help You Pick Out The Right Color Flooring

1. Light Colors for Small Rooms

Are you installing hardwood in a smaller room? Try considering a lighter color. Light-colored wood floors will make the room appear larger. This is because it will make space seem open and airy. Two examples of this are beige or off-white hardwood. They’re also versatile when it comes to decorating the rest of the room. You can add lighter colors to your window treatments and decor or deflect sunlight. Or, you can add darker pieces for contrast.

2. Dark Colors Add Sophistication

Exotic woods and darker colors have become a trend. Bamboo is an eco-friendly, exotic option that tends to be darker in color, but Bamboo is not a great answer in South Dakota climate and ever changing acclimation to new seasons. Darker woods add sophistication and elegance. However, they are not for every home. In many cases, darker floors make rooms look smaller. But, it’s very common to install it in the kitchen and bathrooms.

3. Patterned Wood

Do you like the shabby-chic or a rustic look? Patterned wood may be a fit for your home. Parquet is one type that’s been a mainstay in the category. The different shades complement many different styles and decor. But Parquet isn’t the only patterned wood. Reclaimed wood planks are also popular. These have a natural variance in their colors which leads to a richer texture. Some wood has darker knots than others. Hickory, Knotty Pine, and Mixed-Grain Cherry have a natural beauty because of their color variances. Laying the floor at an angle, or with a herringbone pattern changes the entire feel of your home. If you do decide on a patterned wood, think of the big picture. While it may look rustic and have character in your living room or family room, it may look out of place in a kitchen. You may think there’s a spill or stain when it’s only the wood’s natural color. This shouldn’t make or break your decision, but you should take it into consideration if you use softer lighting in your kitchen.

4. Consider the Sunlight

Natural light can change the appearance of wood flooring throughout the day. If you’re installing wood in a room with a lot of sunlight, it will look different in the daytime than it will at night. While most product like LVP and LVT are UV protected, talk to us here at simpleFLOORS and we will make sure it is the right product for you. The easy solution- if your heart is set on a particular material and color, you can limit the sun’s exposure by simply adding window treatments.

5. Take Samples Home

The only way you’ll know if you like a color — or don’t — is to take a sample home. At simpleFLOORS we let all of our customer take home samples. We always recommend it actually. Make sure you take samples of several colors you’re considering. Set them up in the rooms you’ll install them in. For the first couple of days, keep them apart from each other. Then, bring them closer to compare side-by-side. Put them near your furniture so you can picture how it will look with your decor. Move them closer to windows and light sources. Make sure you have consistent light bulbs in your rooms and areas also. Having a "warm" light bulb and a LED "daylight" bulb in the same area, your floor will also look different and not a good depiction of the floors actual color. Overall you’ll get an idea of how the natural sunlight affects the wood’s color throughout the day and your homes lighting at night.

The Finishing Touches

After you select which material is best for your home, and chat with one of us here at simpleFLOORS, choosing the best wood floor color will be easier. Hardwood, LVP, Engineered or even carpet- is an investment that will last years to come. Here at simpleFLOORS we have expert installers as well as our staff that has the knowledge to guide you to making the right decisions. From start to finish, remember- the flooring process needs to not be overwhelming and stressful with endless options. SimpleFloors makes it easy to find the best option for all flooring types. We offer free estimates and expert advice. We make flooring "simple". When you work with simpleFLOORS, you become family. We are located at 2325 Enterprise Ave in Tea. We service Sioux Falls and the surrounding areas. Feel free to call or text us at 605-553-9077.


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