Finding the color of the parquet that is best for your home is not an easy task. On the one hand, dark tones will give your home a stylish, elegant and even rich look. On the other hand, light tones will visually expand the space and make the room lighter.
In any case, before making a choice, you should clarify for yourself the following points:
1. What are the current trends? What is fashionable now in the market of a natural parquet?
2. What are your personal preferences?
3. Which colors require more regular maintenance and cleaning - light or dark? How often are you willing to do this and how demanding or tolerant are you to hygiene?
4. At what colors are scratches less visible?
5. Do you have pets and how will the future cover interact with them, as well as with possible products of their activities?
6. What are the dimensions of the room in which the parquet will be laid? How much light enters it? What are the sources of this light? What color are the walls?
7. How to combine the color of parquet with the color of other furniture in your home?
What are the current trends in natural flooring?
2018 will be the year of dark natural parquet, ie parquet in the color of espresso, coffee, dark walnut, ebony, wenge, etc. The darker, the better! Also relevant will be natural and warm yellow shades of bamboo and white oak, as well as gray and white.
But just because dark shades are in vogue right now doesn't mean they are the best choice for your home. Our advice - first of all, trust your personal taste and worldview to create a home where you will feel comfortable.
Natural parquet and dirt.
The truth is that parquet with lighter tones elegantly hides dirt, dust, hair, scratches and minor damage. While with dark shades the opposite is true. In other words, bright light natural parquet will be your ally if you do not really want to bother with constant cleaning and cleaning. But the dark palette of parquet can spoil your mood on the third day. If you still want dark parquet in any case, do not choose something close to black, it is better to focus on a shade, such as dark walnut.
Another trick you can apply is to use parquet varnish with a matte or satin effect. With these varnishes, dirt, scratches, dents and bumps will look much less noticeable, regardless of the color of the parquet.
And, of course, it is especially important to clean regularly. There is nothing you can do about it - beauty requires sacrifices.
What color is easier to see scratches on the parquet?
On dark shades of natural parquet, scratches are visible much more clearly and distinctly, especially if the material has been subjected to additional toning to achieve more intense and darker shades. In this case, if you want to keep your parquet always in perfect condition, you have only one solution - regular tinting and varnishing of floor coverings, for example, every 3-4 years.
Natural parquet and pets.
What colors of natural parquet are best suited for the neighborhood with pets? Definitely bright and light colors. The reason is very obvious - they are better at hiding scratches. If you have chosen dark parquet for your home, we strongly recommend applying an additional layer of polyurethane varnish. This will make your parquet less susceptible to wear and scratches.
How will the color of the parquet affect the perception of housing?
As a rule, black and dark colors visually narrow the space, while white, gray and yellow tones give the room a more spacious look. This rule works almost always, however, it is worth noting that our perception of space is determined by the combination of color of the floor, walls and ceiling, and not just the color of one floor.
If you prefer dark parquet, but you are worried that your room will look too small and narrow, the best thing you can do is add more light to the room. Large windows and glass front doors are sure to help you in this endeavor.
How to choose the color of the parquet depending on the color of the furniture and vice versa?
Believe it or not, almost all dark and light natural parquet can be successfully combined with almost all colors of furniture. The main reason for this is that the natural colors of natural parquet are in themselves neutral.
It is not so easy to combine furniture with a parquet of reddish shades, for example, mahogany. We do not advise you to use a natural parquet of such flowers. First, because this shade has long been out of fashion. And secondly, because the red parquet shades do not create synergies with other objects in the room, but, on the contrary, fight with other colors for attention. If the furniture in your home is designed in red or red tones, it is best to stay on natural parquet with brown shades, such as walnut parquet.
How to most successfully combine color