What Color Wood Floor with Dark Cabinets?

Choosing what color wood floor to pair with dark cabinets can be a tricky question. Are we talking dark painted cabinets or dark wooden cabinets? Hopefully, this helps! 

Choosing a Wood 
Floor Color

One of the most common questions flooring installers get asked is "what color wood floor with dark cabinets?" The final decision can greatly impact the flow of the entire space, for better or for worse. Typically, the best choice is to go with a lighter wooden floor. 9 times out of 10, a darker floor makes the space feel confined.  
showing a wood floor with dark cabinets and an area rug

Oak Wood Flooring

Oak flooring is a timeless choice that never seems to go out of style, at least that's what we've seen. Available in red and white oak, oak flooring is commonly paired with dark cabinets due to its adaptability, naturally lighter tones, and countless finish options.  

Maple Wood Flooring

Another popular pairing, maple flooring is lighter and brighter in comparison to oak flooring. Depending on what you're looking for, Maple flooring has less options is terms of grain patterns and is commonly more difficult to refinish evenly. 

Engineered Wood Flooring

Engineered wood flooring, as seen above is great for a number of reasons. First, engineered can provide a large variation of coloring that ties in various features of the home such as varying cabinetry. Additionally, engineered wood flooring accommodates different installation methods.
Hickory flooring with dark cabinets

Best Flooring with Dark Cabinets 

An important aspect to remember when choosing a floor to compliment your dark cabinets is this: Be careful if choosing a floor with grey tones. Grey tones can sometimes distort the color of your cabinets. The best way to go about it is having your local flooring team bring over a few samples. Keep the samples by the cabinets and see how it looks in different lighting.