Dark oak floors can look absolutely fantastic in the home, but to get the most out of them, you need to be prepared to take care with maintenance, as well as be clever with design schemes. I think the effort is well worth it, though, considering the amazing results you’ll get. Here are my top tips of making the best of your dark oak floor.
Useful accessories to pick up
First things first, I think it’s a good idea to get things right from the outset. Once your lovely new floor has been laid, invest in a few accessories to help keep it looking great.
In my opinion, one of the most useful items is felt floor protectors. These are just small circles of felt that slip easily under your furniture, creating a barrier between things like table and chair legs and your floor, thereby protecting it from scratches and other damage.
Also worth buying is a couple of dirt trapper mats. As you’ve probably guessed from their name, these grab moisture and grime from muddy shoes and grubby pets’ paws, which makes them fantastic for keeping your floor both clean and dry. I suggest you purchase a few of these and place them near the front and back door, since this where the floors are most likely to get dirty, and perhaps around any other areas where there are often spills, such as in the kitchen.
Next up, you need to consider maintenance. Now, taking care of hard wood floors isn’t necessarily difficult or particularly time-consuming, but it is very important that you use the right products for the kind of floor and finish you have.
When you purchase a floor from firms like the Solid Wood Flooring Company, you’ll find your material comes with manufacturers’ guidelines on how to take care of it. First and foremost, you should follow these to the letter, while you should also make sure you only use products designed for the type of finish you have. For example, if you have an oiled floor, use a cleaning solution specifically designed for oiled floors. And never, ever use a general purpose cleaner on them!
Speaking of oiled floors, it is also a good idea to re-oil them every once in a while, just to renew their resistance against scratches and stains. Again, you will need to be a specialist oil, but you shouldn’t have to buy any expensive equipment. Typically, you will simply have to apply the coating several times over a period of a few hours, before buffing to finish.
Lastly, you should also think about how to make the most of your dark oak floor in terms of design – especially if you have previously had a pale floor. Dark flooring can look really striking, provided you complement it well.
One of the most important things to remember is that you need to add some light into the room to balance the darkness of the floor. That said, while doing so, you should also accessorize with things like cushions or photo frames in the same shade as the floor, as this will help create continuity; having nothing but light colours on top of a dark floor can create an odd look.
Accessorizing with white furniture can result in a bold contrast that’s really stunning, but there are also plenty of ways to create a softer finish. For example, if you want to achieve a cosier, homier look, you can use pale hues – such as mint – to soften the darkness of the floor and add warmth.