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Natural, brown, gray, red… a different atmosphere with every shade!

Are you planning to change your flooring?

With so many possibilities available today, one of the decisions you'll need to make is the color you want for your floor. Color is one of the features that will have the most impact on the ambiance of your space.

COLOR GROUPS AND THEIR IMPACT ON YOUR DECOR :

Natural wood color is reminiscent of the Scandinavian style. It goes well with linen, stone and steel. 

Brown is a classic―a sure value. It can easily go with any number of different styles, from classic to contemporary. It's a choice that will age well because of its versatility. I recommend a matte finish which will make any dust usually visible on this type of color a little less apparent. Brown should be avoided in commercial spaces or high-traffic areas because scratches can be more noticeable. 

Gray provides a very modern look suggestive of the seashore. It goes well with white, chrome, natural stone and gives a fresh appearance. I also recommend a matte finish to complement the natural texture of wood, and since gray is already a hue that results from transformation, it's best to minimize the somewhat artificial aspect. 

Red tones bring a mature and very classic look to any room. They immediately evoke a specific style, like large heavy curtains, cabinets and chairs with curved legs. It's also easy to imagine this type of floor color combined with French provincial decor. 

Which is better, dark or light? 

In general, I recommend a lighter palette, a trend that’s really in these days ... and goes really well with beautiful barn timber looks. Also, light colors make it much easier to decorate your space. 

Darker colors can be a great option for homes with a lot of windows. These tones bring warmth to any room. With dark floors, very few decorative elements are necessary because the flooring itself gives the room a well-dressed presence. 

COLOR VERSUS WIDTH :

To obtain the greatest impact of your color choice, different board widths should be considered.

A floor with reddish tones will look best using 2¼" (57 mm) wide boards, which will also enhance its classic character. 

For brown floors, my first choice would be to use 3¼" (83 mm) or 4 ¼" (108 mm) boards.

A gray floor will look its finest using very wide boards, as much as 7" (177 mm) for example but would also be great in more standard width as 4 ¼" (108 mm) or 5 3/16" (131 mm).

In the case of a natural color floors, I suggest opting for one of the two extremes, either narrow 2¼" (57 mm) boards, or the very wide ones of 7" (177 mm).
The type of furniture you have must also be taken into consideration. Very simple furniture can be made to stand out by using narrow boards. 

But if your furnishing is more massive or bulky then you may be better off using wider boards to offset this effect.

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