Good Questions: Dark or Light Floors?

Good Questions: Dark or Light Floors?

Heather Blaha
Nov 26, 2007

Dear AT,

I'm so inspired by your website and the community that I finally took the plunge and decided to renovate my 500 sq ft. rowhouse in Denver. I decided to paint the walls white/off white. I had decided on dark tile floors, but now I am wavering and thinking about something light colored...

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Can you tell me will dark floors make my tiny place look bigger or smaller? The overall effect that I want is it to be airy and organic. This is such a big decision and I'm nervous. Please help!


Dear Karen,

In general, the lighter the floors the airier the space. Check out the rooms (with white or light floors) in today's earlier post on Stellan Herner's interior photographs (pictured above). However, we pulled another example of a bright, simple, organic space - Andreas's Greektown Loft house tour. He chose to paint his floors black throughout rooms otherwise committed to white and off-white. Although we think lighter floors will make the space feel somewhat larger than dark floors, the latter helps define boundaries and adds visual interest:

Another example, Joseph's Wicker Park nest has white floors, which show you just how airy this technique can be:

What to AT-ers think? Should Karen go bold with dark tiles or emphasize openness with light floors? Karen, whatever you decide, please send in some photos!

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