17 Popular Wood Floor Colors Perfect For Your Next Project

July 30, 2021

These aren’t your parents’ wood floors! Today, hardwood flooring is a popular choice, and with a ton of wood flooring types and color options available, there is literally something for every interior design style. Depending on the space and overall effect desired, the solid hardwood floor color makes a big impact and is an element that needs careful consideration.

Wood is one of the most versatile flooring materials in use today; it has more durability than other flooring types, such as laminate, and can be refinished for years of use. It also comes in a wide range of styles, sizes, finishes, species, and colors. This is one reason why hardwood flooring is so popular; it can be used to complement any interior design, architectural style, or color palette.

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Natural tones similar to those found in the raw wood are classic and really show off the natural characteristics of the wood. Each wood species has its own beauty and built in characteristics; by finishing flooring with a clear finish the natural looks of the wood itself are simply enhanced and protected from wear and tear. 

Lighter woods and whitewashed flooring has become an increasingly popular hardwood flooring trend due to the clean and modern looks that can be achieved. Another advantage is that a light stain enhances the beauty of the natural wood while making the flooring color more consistent throughout.

Dark wood floors have been popular among homeowners for centuries; they have a timeless and authentic feel that will always be a great choice. From deep browns to black hues, as well as darker reddish browns and even shades of dark grey, dark hardwood floors are elegant and sophisticated.

Adding rich and vibrant colors to wood is gaining in popularity and enhances the natural grain patterns of the wood while adding fun color trends that show off a unique look. Commonly used in high traffic areas or spaces that aim to wow visitors, colorful wood floors make a statement and personalize a space. If you’ve been considering wood for your next diy project or flooring remodel, take a look at these 17 unique colors and styles to get an idea of just how versatile solid hardwood flooring can be. Your choice in stain and finish can make all the difference in the world.

1. Light and Natural

Color can have a dramatic effect on the appearance of a room or space; darker colors tend to be more traditional and elegant, while light wood floor tones make a room feel more fresh and modern. White tones are a popular design trend and look great in a wide variety of locations. This light-toned ash wood flooring has a natural, subtle variation to it with darker knot holes left visible. This lets the character of the natural wood shine through, while also allowing the floor to complement both the light and dark tones used elsewhere in the kitchen. 

2. Rustic Variation

This reclaimed wood floor has a lot of natural patina showing in the planks. Over time, wood naturally takes on a darker, richer color depending on its environment and its use. A floor like this has a lot of color, variation, and character that lets you use a wide range of other colors and wood tones in the room.

3. Gray Undertones

Gray has been one of the most popular interior design colors for the last several years. It’s even made its way into wood flooring, as a wash, a solid color, and as a blend with warmer tones. This rustic style flooring has a subtle gray undertone to it, letting the natural color and grain show through, so you can use both warm and cool tones in the room. 

4. Smooth and Light

This floor also has a gray undertone to it, but one that’s much more subtle. The entire floor has been sanded smooth to give it a very light and even tone overall, while only the natural blue/gray tones of the oak floor’s veins show through and give it any color at all. 

5. Rich and Dark

Very dark floors feel authentic and timeless, as if they have seen a century’s worth of wear and tear. This rustic, living room floor has a very deep, dark color to it that looks black at the grain. This dark color makes the floor look very rich and full of character, as well as the added interest of the herringbone design. A floor this color is perfect for jewel paint colors on the walls, as well as for creating a more formal effect in the room. 

6. Warm Red Tones

Some floors get warmer as they age, with rich red and orange tones coming into play. This antique floor has a lot of color variation to it, making it the focal point of the room. When you want to keep the rest of the decor simple, a floor like this can give the entire space a big style boost. 

7. Classic Warmth

Classic warmth is what you’ll get from this floor. The red and gold undertones and subtle variation between the planks create a lot of attraction and appeal. This color is ideal for cream tones and sunny accents in the room.

 8. Rustic Taupe

Not all rustic floors need to be dark. This reclaimed floor has an overall cool tone to it, with a mixture of gray and brown tones that feel like an old world creation. The result is a cool toned neutral floor that can play well with grays, browns, taupes, and a variety of other wood tones. 

9. Rustic Variation

This floor shows off a lot of its past history and character with saw and nail marks still visible. These marks have a deeper patina than the rest of the floor, giving it a formal sense that lets it work well in dining rooms and other semi-formal living spaces. 

10. Classic Pine

There are few wood floors more iconic than the classic pine. This wide plank floor is light overall but has enough variation in the grain and knot holes to keep it from being boring. The floor makes a nice contrast to the contemporary bar stools helping to create a blended style for the room. 

11. Cherry Toned

Just because it’s not cherry wood, doesn’t mean it can’t be finished with a cherry toned stain. This is actually reclaimed red oak with a reddish finish. This hardwood floor is also enhanced by the colors in the room décor that give it a formal look. 

12. Moody Grays

The grain in this floor is actually one of its lightest tones, making it an interesting and eye-catching pattern. The floor itself is a rich, smokey gray in color with the lighter natural tone peeking through for a subtle and unique character. 

13. Multi-Color Character

Floors that have a wide open expanse like this one can handle a lot of variation. This rustic, reclaimed floor has a unique patina and color pattern that changes across the floor. It draws and holds the eye perfectly without the need for a decorative pattern or rug.

14. Subtle Stripes

This mixed hardwood flooring also has a lot of variation, but the way that the planks are laid out creates a subtle stripe pattern. This creates a visual bridge between the two cabinets, while also being the lightest tone in the room, keeping the cabinets and counters from getting too dark.

15. Flat Light Gray

In industrial-style commercial spaces, the floor needs to have a smoother, more subtle effect. This wood floor has been sanded smooth and given a matte finish that lets the natural blue-gray tones emerge. The effect is perfect with the highly polished chrome and steel of the bar. 

16. Two-Tone

This unique floor has two distinct colors in each board, but doesn’t vary tremendously from piece to piece. This keeps the floor looking interesting, but not busy – important in a high traffic area, like a restaurant, where a chaotic floor may detract from the ambiance. 

17. Bold and Red

Woods of all kinds take stain colors well, allowing you to get a multitude of different looks for your flooring. This floor has a smooth, even red tone to it that introduces some much needed color into this kitchen and also warms up the dark wood cabinetry. 

Find Your Perfect Wood Floor Color

Today there are many color choices available when choosing the right wood flooring for a space, not to mention other customizable flooring options like texture, sheen and wood types. With so many wood styles and species, and the many finishes and stain colors available, it’s possible to find wood as unique as your diy project. Consider a wood floor in any of these colors for your home or business to capture the beauty of wood for yourself. Finding a surface that is just right for your project is easier than ever, and if you can’t find what you need there is always the ability to create a custom bespoke floor providing limitless options. Contact our team of experts to get started on your next remodel. 

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