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Four Tips for Choosing the Perfect Color for Your Hardwood Floors

Perfect Color for your Hardwood FloorsYour home is your largest investment, and as is the case for most people, it’s where you spend a good portion of your time. When you walk through the front door at the end of the day, you want the house to feel and look a certain way, to reflect who you are.

Hardwood floors can give your home the atmosphere you want, from warm and cozy, to open and spacious. It all depends on the color and finish of the wood. But, how do you know what colors would work best for your personal design choices?

Here are four tips for choosing the perfect color for your hardwood floors.

Complement Your Home’s Style

Your home has its own image that reflects you and your family’s tastes and lifestyle. This style can range from a cozy rustic to a straightforward traditional to a clean-lined contemporary.

You want your hardwood floors to fit in with the overall feel of every room, whether your home was designed by an interior decorator or by you.

In general, lighter colors of wood such as blond generally fit a more traditional style. Darker shades, like black, give a room a more contemporary design feel. Choosing a color that fits your style will give you the feel you want throughout your home.

Create Mood

Each room in your home embodies a different feel or mood. Most often your kitchen is a happy place. During get-togethers, the kitchen often turns into a family gathering spot for coffee, stories, and lots of laughter.

Your living room might be more formal, a place for drinks and entertaining guests. It may also be a comfy place for you and your family to lounge and watch TV. The colors of the walls, furniture, and even the flooring help create the atmosphere throughout your house.

Hardwood floors with warms tones such as reds, browns, and golden tones generate coziness to a room. Cool tones such as whites and grays give a room a more open, spacious feel.

Think about how you want to feel in the room when you’re deciding among the many color options for your hardwood flooring.

Consider Room Lighting

Just like color, lighting can change the look and feel of a room. The type of lighting can depend greatly on what the room is used for.

A kitchen needs lots of light and brightness to make cooking easier. A bedroom would tend to need less lighting for better sleep and a calming atmosphere.

The color of your hardwood floors may not only look different in various lighting, but also enhance or detract from the room’s atmosphere. A lighter colored flooring such as white would need less lighting to create a brighter room. Colors like Chestnut or black would make a room darker.

The number of windows could also be a factor in how light or dark a room is, and what color flooring you would need for the desired brightness of the room. Bright and airy or subdued, thinking about how light or dark a room needs to be can help you determine the color and tone of your floors.


Using samples is the best way to determine what color of hardwood floors will work best for your home. Your best bet is to obtain different colored samples of hardwood flooring from a professional installation company, such as Pro Flooring of Utah.

Place the samples on the floor in the room that needs new flooring. Leave them in the room for at least twenty-four hours so you can see the color as the lighting shifts and fades throughout the day.

Then hold the samples up against the walls, cabinets, and furniture to see how the color looks, and how the tone feels within your design style. Do this at several different times during the day and evening to see how the lighting changes the tone of the color on the wood sample against the design components in the room.

Make sure you like the color and tone of the wood in all the different shades of lighting the room goes through in a twenty-four hour period of time.

Professional Installation

Choosing colors and tones for your hardwood floors can be a daunting task. You want your flooring to flow with the rest of your design choices, and to fit the style of you and your home. The flooring of your home also needs to help create the atmosphere you desire in each room.

A professional installation company, such as Pro Flooring of Utah, will not only install your floors, but can also help you in choosing the perfect color to complement your home’s design.

They understand the importance of having the right color flooring for each room.

Contact Pro Flooring of Utah and let their trained professionals help you choose the perfect color, texture and tone for all the hardwood floors in your home.

Brandon Brown

I grew up in our families flooring business in Midvale with my parents and grandfather. Over the years I had the opportunity to estimate, sell and install all types of flooring both residential and commercial with my grandfather, father, brothers, cousins and uncles (many of which are still in the business). My favorite part of the business is meeting new people every day and enjoying the diversity of each of the projects we tackle. I guess you could say, "it is in my blood."

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