In the flooring business, one of the greatest thrills is to see clients ooh and aah over their newly installed floor.

We believe one of the foolproof methods of finding your dream floor is by ordering samples first. It is a surefire way to choose the right wood floor for your home or office.

When you’re in the market for wood flooring, our phones and computers are indispensable research tools for seeing all the color choices. However, not every device is the same, and each can yield variations in tone and contrast. So it’s next to impossible to get true accuracy online for a wood floor’s color and texture. You really need to look at the product in your own space. And plus, it’s super fun!

Once you have in mind several different colors of flooring, we suggest you order a few different shades because of potential variations. What you think your heart is set on may in fact be too dark or too light, and by choosing alternate shades, you can land on just the perfect color.

We know clients who will choose an extreme, like a dark red-brown, just for comparison, knowing their ultimate choice will fall in the middle.

Read on to discover the 3 reasons why ordering flooring samples is the way to go.

And we can’t go on without offering a timely promotion for you: when ordering samples from our website during the month of March, your first sample is free.

1. You want to make sure the floor will rock the lighting.

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There’s no getting around it: Lighting in your home or office is going to look different than in a showroom.

When you hold a flooring sample in your space, your specific collection of lighting will hit the sample just as it would your future floor.

This is important because light bulbs offer a wide range when it comes to color temperature. As well, most homes have various types of lights even within the same room. For instance, you might have a cooler LED bulb in a task light but various warm shades in the floor and table lamps. These temperatures matter.

Also, it is important to note the play of light at different times of the day. Dawn, high noon, afternoon, and dusk all provide different temperatures, hues, and contrasts in the floor. And make sure to test the floor at night when the space is under purely artificial light.

2. Color samples allow you to coordinate with walls and furniture.

In close conjunction with lighting considerations for your space is your dream floor’s color.

It is important to coordinate the floor’s color and tone with existing walls and furniture.

By placing a floor sample beside a painted wall, you can determine if they are a good complement. (For more on matching wall colors with hard floors, see last month’s design blog.)

Holding the samples up to cabinetry and window treatments can give you insight into what will work. Also, try the samples against your couches, chairs and end tables.

We recommend choosing samples of different colors, which allows you to place them side by side with each other and next to your walls and furnishings to get the perfect match.

3. Physical samples give you a necessary, sensory experience of the floor’s texture.

Our samples are always full width and 12 inches long.

Another reason we encourage ordering samples has to do with the physical texture of the flooring.

If you go online and research flooring, think about how difficult it is to understand texture just through an image. You can’t feel the texture, and it’s difficult to grasp the floor’s surface from a photo on your phone or pc. But if you can take a sample inside your space, it makes a world of difference. You can hold the flooring sample in your hands, even lay it on the floor to step on it. We know folks who try out their samples in bare feet and with socks on.

You can place it next to furniture and walls, this gives you a genuine feeling for its texture and possibility.

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You can order samples today.

Before you make the big leap and order wood flooring, we highly encourage you to use flooring samples to your advantage. We offer them for purchase online and at our showrooms. Remember, during the month of March, your first sample is free. View our collections and order your samples today.

If you have any questions, please get in touch by our website or by phone, 877.215.1831.