For more than a decade, dark floors have been the leading trend in home design. However, light-coloured flooring has always been a popular choice as well, and now the pendulum of fashion is starting to move towards light floors in a wide variety of flooring choices!
Light-coloured floors make a space seem airy and spacious. In the low-light conditions of a Canadian winter, a light-coloured floor will brighten up your space. In the summer, it will make you feel cooler even on the hottest day. Light shades are more versatile in pairing with other colours and are usually more forgiving of dust and dirt than the darkest floors.
If you are planning to sell your home within the next few years, it’s worth considering light floors for a better resale value. While dark cherry and espresso tones have became almost the default choice in new construction and renovation, the trends seem to be moving in the direction of paler shades. And if you’re going to stay, a light-coloured shade gives you more colour options when you change your décor in future years.
Without a doubt, the current colour leader is grey. Whether it’s grey-stained hardwood or luxury vinyl tile, carpet or ceramic tile, the cool tones of this neutral are in big demand! You can find all different tones of this versatile neutral, ranging across the colour spectrum while still retaining the light, airy feel of grey. A blue or green hue will create a cool effect, while a grey infused with a touch of yellow, brown or red will establish a warmer and cozier atmosphere.
Paired with similar neutral tones of grey, cream or white on the walls, or setting off more dramatic colour or pattern choices, grey can adapt to décor that is strictly modern, charmingly eclectic, or nostalgically historic. Grey porcelain tilesare a perfect choice to complement stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, while a grey wide-plank luxury vinyl floor will work with rustic wood furniture in a casual family room. A blue-toned grey carpet will blend with soothing blue or white textiles in a peaceful oasis of a bedroom while creating a soft surface for your bare feet. No matter what your decorating preferences, a grey floor can tie your look together, and then easily adapt to a change in style or colour down the road.
And from a home maintenance point of view, grey will do a much better job of camouflaging dust and dirt on your floor until you have a chance to clean it up, making it ideal for homes with pets or children.
Other light colours are also popular, of course! It’s possible to go all-white, although that can be a challenging choice in a home with pets and children, as it will show every speck of dirt. However, in a master bath, white tile floorswill visually expand the space while at the same time creating a peaceful, spa-like atmosphere.
Whitewashing wood floors is a popular way to bring a white tone to a darker wood, and while it can be done with an existing wood floor as long as it isn’t too dark to begin with, you can replicate the look of a vintage whitewashed floor with brand new flooring. You can get solid hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring that has been given a whitewash finish. As well, luxury vinyl planks and ceramic or porcelain tiles can mimic the look of whitewashed planks, giving you even more options to create this look with a durable surface.
The paler natural shades of maple and light oak, whether in solid hardwood or engineered hardwood flooring are also much in demand. While the yellower tones that were used so much in the homes of the twentieth century have fallen out of favour, the greyer or warmer tones of woods such as bamboo, ash, maple, and white and red oak have become very popular. Maple and birch are the lightest of the blonde woods and work well in modern spaces with a Scandinavian feel. Oak is equally well-suited to modern and traditional interior design. Bamboo is growing in popularity, as it’s an eco- friendly alternative to hardwoods and is naturally a pale golden shade that works well in modern interiors.
Going with a light-coloured floor will guarantee you a light, airy space which can be complemented with a wide range of colours, furnishings, and accessories. Whether your tastes are modern, traditional, or eclectic, the versatility and timeless look of a light, bright floor is a great choice!
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Surely we’re all familiar with what can happen if you don’t have flooring that can withstand water. No matter how fast you can wipe it up, the liquid will quickly seep down into the floor, leading to staining, warping, mold and even damaging the ceilings below in extreme circumstances. If you’re looking at installing new flooring, consider the options available to you in both traditional and newly developed surfaces! You may end up waterproofing your whole house!