Pros and Cons of Coloured Wood Flooring

November 8, 2013
Posted in Ideas

When choosing engineered flooring, you are presented with the option of creating a unique finish by using coloured oils. As we discovered on the possibilities are endless, and when done correctly, can generate a really interesting living space. However, there are of course pros and cons to such a venture, and we’ve highlighted some of the main ones to help you if it’s something you are considering.

+ You have the opportunity to create a unique space that will be different from any other

You have the option to literally recreate the rainbow on your floor, if you so desire. If that’s not quite for you, that’s not the only alternative. You can choose any colour scheme you like, and it can be a great alternative to painting the walls, particularly if you’re not quite feeling that brave.

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-  It adds extra cost to your venture

Unless you’re a dab hand with a paint brush, and have a good knowledge of the requirements for your individual finish, then great, but if not, it can add extra costs as you will need to hire a professional. If you don’t want this to be a factor to put you off, make sure you are 100% choosing a design/colour scheme that you are pleased with, that you will happily live with for a number of years. This will eliminate the need to redo it, or get it replaced entirely.

+ The colour can be changed in the future

If you do decide to update the colouring after a while, you will be able to relatively easily. Similarly, it is easy to maintain as coloured flooring won’t need to be sanded as often, and high traffic areas in your home can be repainted without the chore of having to do the whole floor again.

- Drying time can be extensive

It can take anywhere up to 24 hours for the whole coloured floor to dry completely, which can seem like a big inconvenience, especially if you have a young family, or are planning the venture in a room you use consistently. Most manufacturers and labourers also advise wearing only socks on the renovated floor for up to 10 days, which may be a nuisance to some, especially as minimal walking on it during this period. Therefore, if you are going to go for coloured flooring, really take the time to consider the true time scale, to ensure you don’t end up ruining or damaging your floors before they are dry.

+ You can achieve a number of looks

All of the looks will be personal to you, as you will have chosen the unique colour scheme or pattern. You could use the technique to make your space modern, traditional, retro, striking etc – the possibilities are endless. It’s also a more modern, unusual way of adding a feature point to your room, rather than just having a feature wall/unusual wallpaper. You can be as inventive and outrageous as you like, using strips of colour, spots or blocks, or you could be more subtle and use more neutral colours, like grey, mint and peach.

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