17 Popular Colors for Wood Flooring Perfect for Your Next Project

September 12, 2019

Wood is one of the most versatile flooring materials in use today. It comes in a wide range of styles, sizes, finishes, species, and colors. This is one reason why wood flooring is so popular; it can be used to complement any interior design, architectural style, or color scheme.

Most Popular Hardwood Floor Colors

If you’ve been considering wood for your next flooring project, take a look at these 17 unique colors and styles to get an idea of just how versatile hardwood flooring can be.

1. Light and Natural

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This light-toned wood has a natural, subtle variation to it with darker knot holes left visible. This lets the character of the wood shine through, while also allowing the floor to complement both the light and dark tones used elsewhere in the kitchen. 

2. Rustic Variation

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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

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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 floor 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

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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’s veins show through and give it any color at all. 

5. Rich and Dark

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This rustic floor has a very deep, dark patina to it that looks black at the grain. This dark color makes the floor look very rich as well as full of character. A floor this color is perfect for jewel tones on the walls, as well as for creating a more formal effect in the room. 

6. Warm Red Tones

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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

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

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. 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

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

classic pine

There are few wood floors more iconic than the classic pine. This 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

cherry toned

Cherry is a beautiful and highly sought after wood for its warmth and rich red tones. This wood gets darker as it ages, particularly when exposed to sunlight and humidity. It has just enough variation in it to keep it from being boring. 

12. Moody Grays


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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

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

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This floor 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

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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 busy restaurant where a chaotic floor may detract from the ambiance. 

17. Bold and Red


bold red

Woods of all kinds take stain 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

With so many wood styles and species, and the many finishes and stains available, it’s possible to find wood as unique as your project. Consider a wood floor in any of these colors for your home or business to capture the beauty of wood for yourself. 

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