Dark hardwood floors...what color furniture?

dazzlemewithcolorJanuary 22, 2010

Can anyone PLEASE post photos of their dark hardwood floors and your furniture. I'm confused if dark floors mean lighter furniture. What's the rule of thumb here?

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I am so glad you posted this question! My daughter chose "Sambuca" bamboo floors (from the Ty Pennington Collection) and they are *almost* black, but not quite. There is also a wee bit of shading in the planks. Her room is painted a deep red. We have still not purchased furniture...I am stumped as to what will look GOOD in there! Black? But isn't that too dark? I dunno...I will await answers on your thread!!!

(Glad to know I am not the only one with this question!)

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 3:53PM
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I love dark wood, and I think a dark wood floor is like a pair of jeans. Everything goes with it!

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 7:00PM
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I have walnut stained solid oak hardwood floors in my home as well as walnut trim throughout. I have a mix of ebony (2 pianos) and cherry furniture. I agree with sameboat that dark wood floors go with anything and everything. Of coarse there's the odd white washed piece or light oak piece; a complete mix of stuff. All my pictures are framed throughout the house in a similar manner.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 7:04PM
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I agree with sameboat and sandra, treat the floor as a seperate thing of beauty, don't try to match it, in fact don't even think about it. It should stand on it's own.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 7:40PM
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I love the dark wood floors also and was thinking on placing them in my dining room and study. It has dark furniture, wouldn't that be just too too dark. Don't want rugs anymore.
Also, don't dark wood floor show all the dust and cat hair?

    Bookmark   January 22, 2010 at 8:01PM
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yes, dark floors do show everything, I will admit it. Especially if you have shedding dogs. When we had our hardwoods done I wanted as dark as possible but we kept it the shade lighter than ebony called 'spiced something' lol from a company called Duraseal. They look great but are a maintainance headache, I have very pale walls and lighter colors which compliment the dark floors I think. My kitchen is white and black with these hardwoods as well. My theme is black, whites cremes and grays, burgundy and pink and the dark looks wonderful.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2010 at 1:01AM
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Dark floors do show more dust and dirt. But it's like anything else of beauty--it's a tradeoff. And while our medium dark floors show more dust, I still get by with a weekly cleaning. And I prefer the dark floor. A polyester blouse may be more easy care than one that is mostly cotton, but I prefer the natural fiber and am willing to spend just a little more care for a nicer looking finish.

Most of my furniture is dark. It look great with my floors.


    Bookmark   January 24, 2010 at 1:21AM
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We have walnut stained maple floors and most of our furntiure is dark. We have lighter area rugs under the dark furniture. I love dark floors, mid tone wall colors, really makes the white mouldings pop.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2010 at 7:47AM
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Our floors are pretty dark (Minwax "Provincial" stain) and our furniture finishes are all over the place.
Maple Kitchen Cabinets
Black Kitchen Island
Cherry Dining Room
Mission Oak recliners and kitchen table/chairs

I like wood. All kinds. I don't worry too much about it.

    Bookmark   January 24, 2010 at 9:44AM
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I have Oak finished in Mocha with dark furniture. I didn't have an updated pic but you get the jest of dark on dark..

    Bookmark   January 24, 2010 at 1:58PM
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I am glad to get some input! I guess when we find furniture that we all like and agree on, we will just know that it will look fine in her room.

Oh, and YES, the dark floors are awful maintenance wise! Thank goodness they are ONLY in DD's room. We did put a big, bold patterned area rug in her room to help. We have a white, long haired chihuahua and there is always hair showing on the dark floor. Oh well, wouldn't trade the floors OR the chihuahua! :)


    Bookmark   January 24, 2010 at 7:25PM
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Thanks everyone! I love sameboat's analogy of dark floors being like great jeans!

I guess I need to figure out if I'm able to do the upkeep of dark floors.

Thanks again!

    Bookmark   January 25, 2010 at 12:07PM
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