Floorboard trends - light or dark?
August 26, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We are getting our floor boards repolished and I'm interested in people's thoughts - light or dark? Matt or gloss?
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I was just speaking to someone who was having their floors refinished and I think what may be the current trend may not be what is most practical. I see a lot of dark floors and the bottom line is they show a lot of dust and dirt. The same goes for high gloss floors. High gloss also shows scratches and are easily marred if you have large dogs!
August 26, 2013 at 3:53am     
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Karin Madgwick
The finish and colour should be decided by your total scheme.
August 26, 2013 at 4:26am   
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I've had dark hardwoods and they are a maintenance nightmare. No matter how often you sweep or vacuum them they always look dusty. As for matt or gloss, I love a high gloss floor but only in a picture. Semi-gloss is the highest sheen I would use.
August 26, 2013 at 5:10am     
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What kind of floors?

Dark tone, not black, in a satin finish.

A floor like this Hickory gives you a multitude of shades, too.

August 26, 2013 at 5:13am   
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Doesn't need to go to the extremes, medium toned flooring works best.

August 26, 2013 at 6:04am     
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Barb Powers
Dark hardwoods are like stainless steel appliances. An upkeep hassle but the look is worth it.
August 26, 2013 at 6:14am   
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Do you have pets? Our floors are what I guess would be considered a medium toned and they were fine maintenance wise until...we brought home our dog, whom has light colored fur. Now it's so hard to keep up a nice looking floor. I love my dog to the moon and back but I've been day dreaming of light floors to match my light dog ever since :)
August 26, 2013 at 6:36am     
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Medium toned, not too red and not too yellow...two coats of gloss for durability followed by a top coat of satin.

August 26, 2013 at 7:00am   
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