CHI Good Questions: Dark Floor Trend Staying Power?

CHI Good Questions: Dark Floor Trend Staying Power?

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Janel Laban
Apr 17, 2008

Sophie has a question for the crowd: I have been house-hunting for a month and found some interesting features which I like. I noticed increasing number of modern condos/lofts featuring dark wood floors and contrasting stark white walls. The first time I've ever seen it (and thought it looked good!) was in an AT House Tour - Andreas Greektown Loft. Now I am seeing a lot of this look...

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Is this a certain look/combination that has been around like a designer's rule of thumb, or is this slightly a trend in modern interior (maybe with lofts)? I remember chocolate+light blue combination was really popular 2-3 years back and saw a lot of fabrics, wallpapers, and even furnitures in this combination.

I am asking this, partly because, the condo/loft I am interested in has very light maple tone hardwood floors and maple kitchen cabinets w/ black granite countertop (yuck...), and was wondering whether I should stain and refinish the floors and cabinets only to realize this look will not appeal to buyers when I might have to sell in 4-5 years.

FYI, I have attached photos of this look/combination. As Always, Thanks! Sophie.

What do you think? Will the trend toward dark floors still be going strong in 4-5 years? Let Sophie know in the comments...

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