Picking the perfect color:

Picking the perfect color:

Choosing the right color for your floor can be a daunting task, as it can significantly impact the overall look and feel of your space.  Don’t forget that your floor is the biggest design element of a space (besides paint, but paint’s boring)!  Aside from color, you also need to consider the complexity of the grain, variation, and texture.  Here are some tips to help you pick the right floor:

Consider the overall style of your space: Think about the existing decor, furniture, cabinet/countertop selections, and color scheme of the room. There are many types of interior design; some of them are fads and others are timeless classics. Each style is comprised of distinctive furniture, décor, lighting, and accessories that give it its signature look. In getting to know some of the most popular styles, you’ll better understand what styles stand out to you and meet your preferences.  You want to choose a flooring color that complements the overall style of your space.

Decide on the mood you want to create: Flooring colors can influence the mood of a room. For example, lighter colors can create a brighter and more airy feel, while darker colors can create a cozier and more intimate atmosphere.

Think about the size of the room: Lighter colors can make a small room appear larger, while darker colors can make a large room feel more intimate. If you have a small room, consider choosing a light-colored flooring to make the space feel more open.

Consider the amount of natural light: The amount of natural light in the room can affect the way the flooring color appears. If the room has a lot of natural light, darker flooring colors may look better. If the room is darker, lighter flooring colors can brighten up the space.

Take samples home: Always take samples of the flooring color you are considering home with you. This will allow you to see how the color looks in the space with the existing decor and lighting.

Complexity and grain.  Some floors have a very clean look while others are more complex with knots, sawmarks, or heavy grain (character) which gives it more of a natural look. Select grade and character grade are terms commonly used to describe the appearance of wood flooring. They refer to the overall look and characteristics of the wood used in the flooring. Here's a breakdown of each grade:

Select Grade Flooring: Select grade flooring is known for its clean and uniform appearance. It is made from hardwood boards that have minimal natural imperfections, such as knots, mineral streaks, and color variations. Select grade flooring has a more consistent and streamlined look, with a focus on a sleek and modern aesthetic. It is a popular choice for those who prefer a clean and polished appearance.

Character Grade Flooring: Character grade flooring, also referred to as rustic or natural grade, embraces the natural beauty and unique characteristics of the wood. This type of flooring showcases a wide range of natural features, including knots, grain variations, mineral streaks, wormholes, and other distinctive marks. Character grade flooring has a more rustic and textured appearance, with a lot of warmth and personality. It provides a more natural and traditional look, often preferred in rustic or country-style interiors.

Both select grade and character grade flooring have their own appeal and can enhance the overall aesthetics of your space. The choice between the two grades depends on your personal preferences, the style you want to achieve, and the ambiance you desire in your home or commercial space. It's recommended to consider your interior design, furniture choices, and the overall atmosphere you want to create when deciding between select and character grade flooring.

Variation: Variation in flooring refers to the differences in color, grain pattern, texture, or other visual characteristics that occur naturally in the flooring material. These variations can be seen within individual flooring planks or across the entire floor installation. Here are a few types of variations commonly found in flooring:

1. Color Variation: Color variation refers to differences in hue, tone, or shade within the flooring material. It can be subtle, with slight variations in color, or more pronounced, with contrasting shades. Color variation can occur due to natural variations in the wood species, mineral streaks, age, or exposure to sunlight.

2. Grain Variation: Grain variation relates to the pattern of the wood grain present in the flooring. It can range from straight and uniform grain to more prominent and pronounced patterns, such as swirls, knots, or burls. Grain variation adds visual interest and texture to the flooring, giving it a unique and natural appearance.

3. Texture Variation: Texture variation refers to differences in the surface texture of the flooring. It can include variations in smoothness, roughness, or the presence of natural imperfections such as cracks, pits, or indentations. Texture variation can enhance the tactile experience of the floor and contribute to its overall character.

4. Pattern Variation: Pattern variation applies to flooring materials that have distinct patterns, such as natural stone or tile. Each piece of stone or tile can exhibit unique veining, swirls, or patterning, resulting in variation across the floor. This adds visual depth and complexity to the overall design.

Variation in flooring is often considered desirable as it adds natural beauty, depth, and character to the space. It can help create a more visually engaging and authentic look, resembling the organic qualities of the materials used. However, it's important to note that the degree of variation can vary depending on the type of flooring material, grade, and manufacturer. When selecting flooring, it's advisable to review samples or consult with flooring experts to understand and appreciate the level of variation present in the specific product you are considering.

Use a computer-generated Visualization Tool to help you see what the floor will look like in your home.  Many visualizers allow you to upload a picture of a room (make sure there’s bright lighting and you take a wide-angle shot to capture the cabinets/countertops, furniture, etc.) and virtually test different colors to see what looks good! 

Don't be afraid to consult a professional: If you are having trouble choosing the right flooring color, don't hesitate to seek advice from a professional interior designer or flooring expert. They can offer valuable insight and help you make an informed decision.