Freshen up! Lighten up! Natural wood! Propelled by the changing season, decor headlines and trend-watchers are commanding you to switch to the light side. But what in the world are so many to do with their espresso floors? It was all the rage for so long… Now that (I think we can admit) we’re on the downswing of the trend, the cons of having a dark wood floor are floating to surface: it scratches easily, it shows every speck of dirt, and so on. Just recently I had a friend confess to me her (admittedly petty) woes of having chosen a near ebony engineered floor, "…too formal, too severe and it always looks dirty" she said.
But in a recent conversation with a flooring business owner, I was offered a second opinion: "…dark floors are still very much in demand. With the cost of finished-on-site, solid hardwood going up, pre-finished and engineered floors [are often the choice, and] tend to look best in darker colours — you can hide a lot, and it’s a lot of drama for your buck."
I personally have white floors, but I remember a few years ago loving the idea of espresso oak. Are you regretting a dark wood floor? Do you sense the tide changing toward the lighter side? Thoughts?
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