Opting for a dark wood floor makes a bold and sophisticated statement in any home or commercial application, and you will find dozens of stunning options here. Choose from herringbone, chevrons, or Versailles panels, or pick from numerous different planks in a whole host of widths, shades and textures.
Using dark wood stylistically
Some designers claim that dark wood floors are more traditional, and that their popularity is due to a resurgence in period influenced decorative schemes. Certainly they are at home with Early American and French country styles. But, equally, dark hardwood floors are virtually synonymous with contemporary Manhattan loft living. In truth, any wooden floor is a chameleon, and any colour or shade will readily adopt the characteristics of whatever decorative style you choose.
However, dark wood floors do provide a particularly rich backdrop. And, since they work with absolutely any colour palate, you can always make radical changes to your scheme without changing your floor. Whites, brights and neutrals will provide a stunning contrast, although it is important to create balance by repeating the rich shade of your floor elsewhere in your decor. Conversely dark hues will create a lush and intense retreat. And incidentally, never be afraid to use dark colours, even in a small space. Conventional wisdom states that white walls make a space seem bigger by reflecting the light, and in truth dark walls will absorb the light, but in practice this means that they are less clearly defined and can actually create an illusion of more space. It's not about the colours you choose, it's about the way that you use them.
The practical aspects of dark wood flooring
Any quality wooden floor offers multiple benefits: it is easy to clean and maintain: it provides cost-effective thermal insulation with an excellent ecological pedigree; it adds value to a home: and it is beneficial to both physical and mental health - the former because they do not harbour the irritants associated with many allergies, and the latter because the significant use of real wood in interiors has shown to be show stress-reducing benefits to that of being surrounded by nature itself.
But before you make a final choice, do consider the extent of the expected wear and tear . For example, if it is to feature in a commercial location with reasonably heavy footfall, or in a residential property with animals such as dogs, we suggest that you opt for a product with a lacquered or UV oiled finish, since these surfaces offer greater protection. Also look for one which is smoked, since the colour permeates the entire wear layer. Alternatively you could choose one which is textured, or where the grain has been emphasised by brushing and oiling, or a reclaimed product. Scratches are inevitable, the skill is selecting a wood where their presence is not intrusive.