Dark v. Light floor in large house- Also Lauzon
Hi Everyone. Redoing floor in a pretty new but formal looking house (turned staircase, conservatory, etc). I however am not a very formal decorator - I do love classic pieces but like to mix pieces for a stylish, a tad ecclectic vibe.
Forever and a day, my husband and I wanted that super dark, almost but not quite ebony floor and white walls Very clean looking. It was always my dream.
However, the first floor is LARGE. From the foyer you can see endless expanses of floor. I am afraid the entire first floor in that super dark color, even though open, will overwhelm me. I also have 3 kids and a dog. I have that color in my bedroom now and have to say I don't love the way other woods look on that super dark wood too and the white dog hair is killing me.
Surprisingly to me, I switched my mind the minute I saw this Lauzon floor, attached. It is pictured with white kitchen's countertop choices (a white marbly quartz for island and raven caeserstone for counters- the tile is not mine). Its this super neutral mid to light floor- very organic looking. Its real hard maple and just gorgeously finished. The picture does not do it justice. I do want a sort of open and casual, art gallery white walls vibe in the house. Its 4 1/4 inch planks.
My concern is rendering the house "too" modern. I don't want that either.
Am I making a mistake by not going for the tried and true dark which will absolutely look good and timeless in the house - the lighter floor is more of a risk, but it is natural and organic looking which can't go wrong, right? Its not lime or white washed. And I do think it may be better with kids and dog and may suit my personality a bit better.
This is the cost of a small luxury car and I don't want to be making a mistake! I feel like b/c you see so much of the whole entire first floor upon entry its got to be something I love! My husband still prefers the dark but is okay with this too.
Would love to reengage the dark v. light debate again. I just want it to last and not be too trendy. I have been to about 5 diff't hardwood stores and keep coming back to this. In a different world, I would love those giant rustic planks but I really don't think it would work in this house. I need something classic but a little modern.
Also, any opinions on lauzon?