Thank Goodness Dark Hardwood/Laminate Floors Are “Out”!

Like most people, I love hardwood and laminate floors.  They give any room a sleek and sophisticated look without taking away from the rest of the room.  Unfortunately, like most people, I fell in love with the look of dark hardwood/laminate floors.  What a disaster!  They look fantastic when they’ve been recently cleaned but are the worst to take care of on a day-to-day basis. Anything that spills on them leaves a mark (even water) and collect every speck of dust.  I swear, it doesn’t matter how often I use the Swiffer, it can’t keep up with the dust.  My brother and his wife also have hardwood floors and have the same problem.  They even make sure they wear slippers in the house so they don’t leave footprints!  I don’t know about you, but a home shouldn’t put limitations on how you move around in it.

Thankfully there’s a new trend in design!  It appears that I’m not the only one with this problem and so the current market is starting to become flooded with distressed flooring.  This is a great option for anyone on the go, with a family, or like me, doesn’t want to spend every minute of every day cleaning.

The are four great things about these floors.  They 1) add an earthy, natural feel to the room because of the differences in texture and colour, 2) they hide all of the dust that floats to the floor so you don’t have to clean every day; 3) because they have a distressed look, they hid any nicks, scratches, and other imperfections that are the result of regular use, and 4) they come in a variety of tree species (maple, oak, etc.) and types of flooring (laminate, solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, bamboo).  This makes it easy to buy this style in whatever price range you’re looking for.

My favourite colour in distressed hardwood is the grey (see picture below).  It’s the perfect neutral colour that matches every other colour imaginable.  We have had honey-coloured hardwood floors and as beautiful as they are, I find they “pop” a little too much and it sometimes becomes hard to change some of the pieces in the room because they clash with the floors.

So what’s the point of this?  If you are buying a new home or planning on getting renovations done, pick a floor that is both beautiful but functional too.  Picking something that’s very light (such as bleached hardwood) or very dark may require a lot more maintenance then you initially thought. And remember, the same thing goes for tiles and vinyl flooring

Here’s a great website for a local flooring company to get you thinking about prices, colours, and textures for floors that suit your needs:


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7 comments on “Thank Goodness Dark Hardwood/Laminate Floors Are “Out”!
  1. chiredesign says:

    I’m so with you on this – Love the weathered gray tones we are seeing in flooring trends now (and glad the dark wood is out). Another trend I’m seeing is painted wood floors – it might be an option if you are really over the dark wood (and constant cleaning).

  2. kclime89 says:

    Loved this post. I’m in the midst of a major renovation of a 100-year-old farmhouse and have decided to go with weathered grey on the original hardwoods. I’m actually planning on using the steel wool/vinegar oxidation technique. You’ll have to check out my blog for the experimental patch I did and for future posts on the finished floors. I’m so glad grey floors are in!

    • Vanita K says:

      Thanks for the kind words kclime89. I checked out your post and the colour you came up with looks gorgeous! I think it’s so interesting how you decided to go with tea to stain the wood instead of buying a stain. Can’t wait to see what they look like when they’re done!

  3. Tommie Blount says:

    Really enjoyed your post Vanita 🙂 Distressed hardwoods and laminates really are the way to go if your having a build up of dust and footprints. To cut down on the dust build up, make sure to have sun blocking window treatments and a humidifier. Those do wonders! Love the Blog!

    • Vanita K says:

      Thanks Tommie! I never thought of adding a humidifier. What a great idea! I’ll definitely try it out and recommend it to my friends. Thanks for posting!

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