When choosing colors for the interior design of a room, it’s common for people to address the walls and furniture while the color of their flooring is treated as an afterthought. A common misconception among most consumers is that the color of hardwood flooring is simply a sea of brown that no more than compliments the walls and cabinets in a room than any miscellaneous accessory. The truth, however, is that hardwood flooring today comes with an amazing array of whites, browns, blacks, and reds. Colorful flooring allows for rooms to authentically express the desires, style sense, personality, and idiosyncrasies of the consumer. When choosing the perfect color for your own personal flooring space, there are some things that you should consider.
First, you should consider how much natural and artificial light you have in the specific flooring space. The more light you have a room, the more suitable the room will be for darker wood floors. A dark floor can also make a room with a lot of light feel warmer, cozier. If you have pets, lighter colored hardwoods may work better than darker floors because shedding is much less visible on lighter colored floors.
Second, you need to consider what color your walls, furniture, and cabinets will be. Flooring can vary from the rustic heavily handscraped to a very smooth and modern style with many options in between. Using your existing furniture and home style or picturing it in your head will allow you to maintain or achieve a harmonious setting. Clipping photos from magazines and/or using design services are another option to discover what interior design style appeals to you. For walls, the standard off-white can go with just about any type of flooring. For people who have walls with accented colors, we recommend using paint swatches and flooring samples in order to avoid a patchwork look. For cabinets, it is best to have a bit of a contrast from the floor to the cabinets because if they match too much, the whole room blends into one big blob.
Lastly, you should consider whether or not you’d prefer a variation of colors in your flooring or if you want a more consistent coloration. If you are looking to make a design statement, flooring with heavier grain patterns, very dark/very light shades, or extreme variations from plank to plank are more likely to become a showpiece in your home than traditionally-toned wood flooring. Hardwood floors that have more variation like Brazilian Walnut or Teak will make more of a statement than more traditional hardwood species. If you have a variety of artwork or furnishings, it’s a good idea to go with a more consistent coloration with a lighter grain pattern. Also, if you plan on selling the home within a few years, the safest bet is to purchase flooring with a medium tone that allows all your visitors to visualize the floor’s look and appeal in their own home.
At simpleFLOORS, we offer hardwood, cork, bamboo, and laminate flooring in many different styles and colors that are sure to fit your own personal flooring needs. Stop by your local simpleFLOORS store today, and feel free to bring photos and exterior colors of your flooring space to compare with a variety of colored floors in our showroom. If you’d rather take home our floors to compare, request free flooring samples by calling our personal flooring consultants at 800-220-7112.