After seeing the above images, would you use darker floorboards in your home?

If anything was going to inspire you – the awesome atmosphere it creates in this project will! And the chairs, we love the charis!

The team at Gilchrist Homes thought they’d take the leap & you can see that it certainly paid off by the magnificent display home you now see at Lanning Street Braranduda. Their design team settled on our DeMarque Ash Grey engineered timber flooring available in a smaller size to achieve a herringbone parquetry design in the entrance, which then leads in to matching floorboards in the passageway & living areas of this stunning home.

You can see that by using both types of engineered timber flooring it is an excellent way to maximise the different areas & shapes of rooms in your home. If you have a wider passageway for example, a parquetry design can work really well, however, if it’s not so wide, you lose the effect of the pattern & are better off using floorboards to lead you through in a much less complicated manner.

We always mention to our clients that are looking to use darker flooring to make careful consideration whether they’re up for that kind of relationship. Darker flooring will show more dust, fibres, dirty footprints etc, which will require more regular dry & damp cleaning if you don’t want to see those things on your floor. Also consider the direction of where your natural light will come from & if it will shine directly onto the floor? Because if it doesn’t, it makes a huge difference for what you will or won’t notice on the floor. There are also scratch fix pens & repair products available to minimise the look of white scratch marks that will occur over time in stained timber floors.

So yes, be prepared for a little more maintenance, a little more care (like mats at all your external doorways & shoes off inside)& if after 20 years you’re just over it, you can sand it back to raw eventually & have a whole new colour to choose for the next 20 years!

If you are wanting a high performance darker floor, consider using the Quick-Step Perspective Nature, Majestic or Impressive products – the darker colours available in their ranges are stunning & provide amazing scratch & wear resistance along with their water-proof surface to give you peace of mind & far less maintenance is required.

So darker flooring could be just that bit easier for your cleaning routine & more time to chill out on your beautiful floor.