Re: Painting wood floors - color
IMHO, yes it's a very bad idea to paint them white or any color lighter than the dirt (exterior ) around your property. White is particularly bad at showing foot prints and grime. I would recommend going with as light a beige/dirt color as the natural dirt color of your property would conceal.
As a side note, I've seen lots of white grouted tile floors that look absolutely hideous from all the normal traffic found in a house. If you've got pets it's even worse. If it were me, I'd go with as light as possible, yet still concealing color as possible (as described before ). If things are still too dark, then maybe change the wall/ceiling color as well as d****ries, accent carpets, and furniture to brighten the room.
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