what type and color of flooring for harping

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    HBrock25 on #150447


    We are in the finishing stages of a room primarily for harping. I need some suggestions for wood flooring colors. I was leaning more towards the light oak in order to keep the strings in good sight. Any useful suggestions? Thanks.

    catherine-rogers on #150448

    My harp room has cherry flooring, which is a medium dark brown. I find the strings show well against it. Most important is a good light source. Although the harp is not in direct sunlight, when the sun shines through the window, it illuminates the strings and the music, and the strings almost glow, which is very helpful.

    andy-b on #150449

    I also have medium-dark wood floors, and don’t have a problem seeing the strings. I do have a lamp situated behind me and to the left so it illuminates the music stand and strings, though.

    Charles on #150450

    The hardwoods in my last house were a dark espresso.

    It was great the clear story windows filtered all the light in the room by day.

    For evenings the lighting plan was such that the harp area was lit as well as the

    art on the walls.


    kreig-kitts on #150451

    I had a teacher with a highly figured wood, lots of contrast between dark and light grains, and the strings just disappeared if you were playing at a certain angle. So be careful with a wood that creates too many straight lines.

    Elizabeth Volpé Bligh on #150452

    I prefer a darker background. Sometimes the wood colour is so closely matched to the strings that they don’t stand out well.

    Saul Davis Zlatkovski on #150453

    Avoid red and blonde, colors that match the strings. Patterns can also be distracting.

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