Return to the Smaller Homes Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

Posted by amylauren (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 3, 12 at 5:52

Hi. We are thinking of doing a darker wood/laminate floor but not sure because we dont want to make the rooms feel closed in. Any thoughts or experience on this? Thanks-


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

I think dark floors can look rich looking. I personally like like floors because of the dust that shows on the darkr floors.
How things would seem closed in is if you also use dark furnitute and dark walls.


 o
RE: will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

It depends on how much light and what color paint is in the room also, IMO. We put dark wood floor in our living room which is 16x20 and it didn't make any difference in the size it seemed, but really improved the look. And I hate carpet.


 o
RE: will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

It may make the ceiling feel lower. Dark floors are better in rooms with higher ceilings.


 o
RE: will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

We had friends who recently stained the floors almost black, and they painted the walls and trim white. I was surprised to find that the rooms felt lighter, brighter, larger when they were done. (They've really regretted the dark floors due to dust showing though. They are happy to be moving. haha!) Anyway, it was just gorgeous. They do have high ceilings though, which could be a factor. The floors are quite elegant looking. Here's a look:

white room....

vs. a brown room in the same house...

vs. a light colored room....


 o
RE: will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

They look beautiful-thank you everyone for taking time to respond and for the pictures!


 o
RE: will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

I've had a dark floor before and would never do it again because it's so hard to keep clean looking...dust shows!


 o
RE: will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

There's dark flooring and then there is really dark flooring - know what I mean? I have original oak floors in my 1910 brick bungalow. They are dark, maybe an oak stain, but not dark as in walnut stain or black. They are also not golden oak nor does the finish have any red in it. I have these floors in all the rooms except for the kitchen, bath, and laundry room. I do not think they show dust much at all (and I am not a cleaning freak). Dust will show on really dark floors, also pet hair. I do have 9 ft. ceilings and lots of windows in the house. The only area that is dark IMO is the long hallway, which was recently painted white and is now somewhat lighter.

Teresa


 o
RE: will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

This is my wood floors:
wood
I too thought long and hard about this since I live in a small space, but the wide plank/dark won out over "honey spice" color.
They appear a little lighter because of the flash. They do show dust but I don't care because since they are dark & "hand scraped look" it is easier to cover up scratches(they are not the best quality wood/finish unfortunately). Even in a small room with a paint like BM urban nature or wind chime the floors/walls look great, all trim is white. Different types of white(layering) walls would look great with dark floors too. HTH


 o
RE: will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

We were going to put dark wood in the kitchen with our dark wood cabinets, but after laying out some planks, I decided it was just tooooo much dark wood.

So in a room like young-gardener posted, where the floor is dark, but the rest of the room is white, it looks great. If the walls were dark too, I think it would really close it in.


 o
RE: will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

What did you decide? My mom loathes her dark floors, although they are quite beautiful in her small space, She cannot keep those floors looking clean. She has lots of light coming in her room, so every speck of dust, animal fur, lint, etc. shows easily.

If you are a wonder woman sweeper, go for it! They do look gorgeous when kept clean. Me, not a duster...... The piece of furniture in my house that I like the least is a dark walnut cabinet from Crate&Barrel.


 o
RE: will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

Two family members got the brazilian cherry floors put in their homes some years back, they are always "swiffering" them so the dust doesn't show. They are rich looking but I would choose the oak flooring our daughter and SIL got, it's a medium color, not too light or too dark.


 o
RE: will dark floors close make house feel smaller?

What about using one of those robot vacuums that can be set to run every day if you have dark floors?


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Smaller Homes Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here