Today Eleanor writes:

I’m looking into new wood flooring for the lower level of my house and I really like Brazilian Cherry. But the salesperson told me Brazilian Cherry flooring losing its popularity makes it less desirable. Is this true? I really hope not because I love the way it looks! Please help! Thanks

Being a Diva, I’m allowed a certain degree of flexibility here, so bear with me: Who cares what that dumb salesperson says!  If you love the flooring, you should get it! End of discussion! And I would say that no matter what flooring you’re in love with. What good does a trendy floor you don’t like do you? Sure other people think your house looks good, but you’re the one living in it. So at the end of the day, you need to make sure YOU like it! (end of rant)

Yes, Brazilian Cherry is losing some popularity compared to what it was just two years ago.  But not much, it is still very popular.  People love the exotic look!  And the richness in the tones of the Brazilian Cherry are visually desirable.  The coloring is dramatic, the wood grain is unique and the floor radiates a feeling of warmth.  How could you go wrong with that?  So go back to that flooring place and tell that salesperson they doesn’t know what they’re talking about!  Okay, so that may be a little too much bravado.  How about instead you go to a different flooring outlet or work with a different salesperson at the existing one. The key is finding someone who won’t try to talk you out of what you like and into what they like.

Brazilian Cherry Flooring Losing Its Popularity

Also you mentioned that the flooring was going on the lower level of your home? Depending on whether that is just the lower level or a level below grade such as a basement you might want to check out  our Brazilian Cherry flooring article to find out what moisture limitations exist with hardwood flooring. If your lower level is a basement, it doesn’t mean you have to stay away from hard wood flooring altogether, rather that you need to know what type of flooring to look for.

To recap: Brazilian cherry floors are losing some popularity, but not by that much.  It’s still popular and a great choice with regard to genuine quality! Just make sure you take sales people’s comments in stride.  If it’s going in your home, then really you need to love it.  Not just get it because someone else said it was cool, but because it makes you feel good about your living space!

Do you have questions about the selecting or the installation of: tile, carpet or wall treatments (window blinds, etc)? Then email me your tale of woe (diva(at) and perhaps I will be able to answer your questions right here at the Home Makeover Diva Blog!

Written by Amanda Hartley