There is certainly something to be said for the warmth and richness of a hardwood floor. It’s a mainstay in the flooring world for a reason. And with an increasingly wide array of wood choices, from bamboo, to walnut, to exotic hardwoods, homeowners are able to bring a whole new look and feel to any space. But what paint colors go best with that new or existing wood floor? There really is an art to choosing the perfect color; here are a few tips when it comes to picking paint to accent those gorgeous hardwoods.
Lighter Stained Woods
Bamboo is becoming extremely popular. And with the lighter look of bamboo or any other such hardwood, you want to be careful in choosing your wall color. Yes, many people love that bold, richness that comes with dark reds, deep purples or chocolate browns, but will the blonde colored flooring hold up?
Generally, a lighter wood floor is going to go a long way toward creating an airy, more spacious feel. Weighing it down with a heavy color could mar this effect. Perhaps the best way to go to really help that new flooring standout and create the statement that it should, is to keep your palette light and airy as well. Whites, beiges, light greys, all work tremendously well with light stained woods.
Mid Range Color Wood
In this category you will most often find species such as red oak and cherry. They definitely tend to be of a warmer nature. You therefore want your wall color to respond in kind. That is to say, if you wish to carry this warm effect throughout the entire space, go for a paint with a similar base as the floor—reds, yellows, brown or orange undertones.
On the flip side, you might also be looking for contrast. Here is where you might opt for cooler shades such as light greens or blues to really play against the warmer floor tones and thus create a spectacular contrast.
We get to the walnuts, mahoganies and some of the more exotic species in this dark category. Here you can really go a variety of ways. A dark floor often acts as a neutral; meaning, anything goes. So feel free to have some fun with it.
Keep in mind however, if you do choose to put a dark color on the walls, the entire room may feel a bit heavy. Just be mindful of creating balance when choosing your color.
We would love to help you select the perfect color to go with your wood flooring. Our design consultants are available to review swatches and even come out and take a look at the current space to offer professional insight. Call today for your free consultation!