I don't know what it is about dark hardwood flooring that makes me think of vampires.
Maybe it's my upbringing, cultured into a mormon promised land where R-rated movies only happened on the weekends and my friend's house.
Scary movies were a thing of his dark, dank basement. Which, if I squint, might have had some dark hardwood flooring.
Probably not. But I can pretend.
When I think of hardwood floors and wall color combos that best complement each other, I see a big dark property set with old chandeliers and gaslit sconces.
Deep within the old plantation mansion's many rooms, Tom Cruise is patiently waiting for Brad Pitt to wake up so they can go eat poodles.
Unfortunately, I think my shallow memories and deep imaginings fall a little short of the realty reality.
Yes, I'm sorry to say that unless you're trying to cultivate the vampire phenomenon specifically, you are probably better off using lights with your dark hardwood flooring.
Sad, I know.
That's probably why no one asks me to be their interior design. I'll stick to random writings on the Internet and the occasional graphic design gig.
For those of you more adequately equipped to decide the dark sides and the light sides of interior design, I certainly hope your arrows fly true.
I would definitely have to wonder, though. How often do you have to point a client in a lighter direction? Do you personally find it tempting to try and sell the dark on dark vampire look?
If so, I hope you have also mastered your evil laugh. Nothing too over the top, but certainly nothing too close to a giggle, of course.
It makes me wonder if there's a specific demographic for dark wood flooring and dark walls to match it. Who is your optimal vampire-sympathizing individual of discerning taste and sufficient means to have all hard wood flooring and enough besides to hire a planner?
The emo or gothic pale kid who cracked the Internet wide with some digital product or another, effectively striking gold in a frontier so entire saturated as to reward sparingly, and seemingly at random (sometimes).
Or maybe the old eccentric man who shelters delusions of one day owning a wardrobe containing a lion, or incidentally settling at the fringe of a magical forest.
Regardless, the demographic is probably a little light where the dark on dark motif is concerned. I'd absolutely love to meet the man that goes for it, though.
We focus too much on trends and not enough on actualizing our internal desires in the realty field. Buyers want what other buyers want because most of them haven't taken the time to think about what they actually WANT.
It'll come down the road. Five years, maybe ten. Suddenly they wake, look around, and proudly exclaim "I know what color I want to paint my walls!"
What we should be doing as realtors is helping to paint the picture of what a space could BECOME, rather than what a space has been prepared to BE.
That's right, convince them to ask for an allowance to take the dining room (hereafter referred to as the "ballroom"), from that tame little Sherwin Williams passive to a rich black-as-night ebony with a trim of Behr Premium Scarlet!
Spiderwebs not included. Ghosts are not available in all colors.