On My last post, Cheryl made this comment that I wanted to comment on:
I love the dark and have considered it myself until a friend mentioned the constant detailing it needs with small children in the house. It shows everything. This stopped me in my tracks.
Cheryl, dark colors low in variation and high in sheen will "show everything" the most.
This floor above is perfect for those of you who have a cleaning person come in daily. It's shiny, it's dark, there's not a lot of variation. It's stunning, when it's clean.
Shiny light colors low in variation will show "dirtiness" the most. The photo below is light, low in variation, but not too shiny. Can you see how there are "degrees" of all of these scenerios?If finding a floor that will look clean when it is not clean is the object, don't go too light, have a lot of variation in color, go with as matte a finish as you can, and go distressed. Keep in mind that some homes simply wouldn't look right with distressed floors, and for different design reasons, consessions will have to be made. If this is more important than any "design reason," I'd say, build your whole look around this kind of floor. It looks ridiculous when the only thing in your home that is distressed is your flooring. I'm not saying that everything has to be distressed either... Also know, that if it is not going in a kitchen, none of this will be as much of an issue. Got it, darker color, high color variation, matte, distressed finish. The more it looks like the wood on the wall at Freebird World Burrito, the better. ;-)
Now I think I'm hungry just thinking about it...