• Do you have a color preference?
• What style are your decor and home?
• Do you share a household with children and pets?
• How much time can you dedicate to cleaning?
• How much natural light enters the space?
• Is the area small or big?
• Have you considered the wall color, or will you be painting?
• Are you keeping the furniture and appliances in mind?
Light vs. Dark: Cleaning
When it comes down to it, light colored surfacing does a better job of hiding dust and dirt. However, if you're keen on a dark shade, opt for a tone that isn't very deep. Also, depending upon which type of material you select, pick a satin finish, since it masks imperfections, scratches, and dirt better.
Light vs. Dark: Room Size
Usually, darker colored surfacing materials tend to make a room look smaller, and the reverse is true for light colored floors. Having said that, the shade of your walls does play a large role in the end appearance and feel of a space. For example, with a deep brown laminate floor, installers typically agree that such shading works best for homes with open floor plans, larger rooms, or just bigger spaces in general.
Light vs. Dark: Modern Trends
Nowadays, trends are leaning towards either end of the spectrum, with the darkest shades for a contemporary, minimalist feel or the palest tones for a fresh, bright, comfortable appeal. In the end, there's no right or wrong, but do keep your present interior in mind.