area (no boundary between them -- all one room that we will keep very open, with no living room furniture, because we are ballroom dancers). The room is open to the front entry hall and
staircase (dark wood railing, spindles, knewlpost) and with an open door to kitchen (light maple cabinets and countertop). Our 42" x 60" dining room table and 4 chairs are a very similar dark wood. Will that work visually: dark dining room table on dark wood floor?
Commented on Sep 15, 2011
The flooring will become fixed to the house so consider the architectural details of the home.
If you have light maple cabinetry, you may want to go with a darker floor - not too dark though. It will create a higher contrast than you would possibly like. Anything else that you can move is not a fixed item and can easily be replaced. Unlike flooring and cabinetry. That being said, a darker table would not look strange on a lighter floor as long as you get an area rug that softens the contrast between the table's finish and the flooring. Get the best underlayment for the floor your budget affords. This will reduce the clicking of the heels while dancing. The room's acoustics will change but so will your tolerance of it. Before long, it wont' bother you anymore. Another thing is you may want to opt for a satin finish on the floor. A high gloss floor will develope a haze from the heals and normal traffic wear. There will be surface scratched that will stand out even more at certain angles. The satin will not .