A Matter of Color

By | January 29, 2013

Let’s suppose, for a second, that you have already decided you want wood flooring in your home. Now that all the carpet has been pulled up and you’re ready to install the flooring, you suddenly realize you need to choose the perfect color in hardwood flooring that will complement all the furniture you already have, as well as the walls you got painted recently. It is one of the most daunting decisions one has to make, but fear not, there are some guidelines you can follow.

When it comes to hardwood flooring, the options are endless. There are so many different colors to choose from, ranging from the light Natural Maple Solid Hardwood to Charcoal Oak Solid Hardwood. ¬†In my opinion, there are 3 important considerations you should keep in mind when making this decision. Firstly, it’s important to take in the size of the space you are working with. Do you have open spaces or closed spaces? Secondly, you should consider the color on your walls and the trimmings. Thirdly, the kind of furniture you are planning to keep on those floors needs to be considered, especially if that furniture happens to be wooden.

It’s important to consider the size of the space you’re working with because darker floors, like darker walls, tend to close up your space a bit more. This means that darker wooden colors have a tendency to make your space seem a bit smaller. Lighter wood, on the other hand, can open up the space and make it look bigger. Despite appearances, however, remember that the size of your space is not actually going to change. Just because a space looks slightly smaller, doesn’t mean it can’t look just as good. In fact, dark wood can bring a richness into a room that light wood cannot always offer.

Mediterranean Living Room design by Phoenix Architect Carson Poetzl, Inc.

Now if you’re slightly confused by the size considerations, think about the colors that are already present in the space you’re working with. What are the colors of the walls and the colors of the trimming? If you have hardwood trimming, I would strongly suggest sticking to that same color for flooring. If you have dark walls, you may want to contrast a bit by having lighter floors. Conversely, if you have lighter walls, adding darker floors could really bring out contrasting interior decor such as dark ¬†picture frames and such. Although dark walls and dark floors are rarely preferable, it’s not entirely unheard of to have light walls and light floors. This combination really opens up a room, especially if there’s a nice big window to work with.

Eclectic Living Room design by Philadelphia Furniture And Accessories usona

Finally, take into account the kind of furniture you will be keeping in the space you are working with. White furniture, for example, almost always looks better with lighter flooring, whereas darker furniture looks nice with darker flooring. Keep in mind that there are always exceptions to the rule, so you don’t need to take my word for absolute, but these are some trends that I have noticed.

Contemporary Kitchen design by Dublin Kitchen And Bath Glenvale Kitchens

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1 Comment

Hardwood Floors Santa Rosa on February 27, 2013 at 7:53 pm.

This was a really helpful post! Hardwood comes in so many different colors! Bamboo, maple, cherry, etc! It is overwhelming to make such an important color decision! These tips are really useful! Thanks! :)