Do These Walls Go with the Flooring?
Do These Walls Go with the Flooring?
Steps to Choosing Wall Color to Coordinate With Your Floors
Think of them as vertical and horizontal canvases for your home. Walls and floors. They must work in unison as the perfect backdrop for every practical, creative, personal, and stylish expression in your space. But how these two canvases pair together can make all the difference. After all, having one large light canvas with little contrast could make you feel as though you’re in a medical laboratory. A double dose of dark? That’s more fitting for a cave.
Here are a few guidelines to consider when choosing the right color combination for your floors and walls.
Start with Flooring:
Given the number of paint shades, it’s easier to adapt your walls to your floors than the other way around. If you haven’t chosen your flooring color yet, do this first. Whether your flooring has cool undertones or generous amount of warmth, there are literally thousands of paint color options to help complement your home’s beautiful foundation.
Consider a Heavier Hue at Your Feet:
Dark colors or lighter colors with added warmth tend to give weight and stability to any room. Before anything else, think about hardwood flooring and carpet that provide the right balance and character for your home.
Choose Your Wall Color:
With so many color and combination options, along with versatility for last-minute changes, finding the right paint color is one of the easier parts of the process. Just be sure to consider the whole package, including flooring, artwork, furniture, and décor, and how each will lean on the other. You can also consider painting your walls and trim the same color for a cohesive look. In terms of choosing paint based on your flooring, here are some simple things to consider:
For Light Hardwoods: Along with giving your home the appearance being spacious, light hardwood flooring adds clean simplicity to any space. In terms of paint, you’ll want to go with neutral and light tones for your walls and trim to complement your flooring, such as white, off-white, gray, greige or taupe.
Helpful tip: Keep in mind that certain colors work better with your current furniture. Of course, white or off-white walls offer a simple, clean feel that can go with just about anything, but offers little contrast when combined with lighter floors and furniture. Warm and cool shades of gray tend to do well with current décor and furniture trends, as well as the popular Greige, a combination of gray and beige that offers serenity and an easy, neutral feel.
For Dark Hardwoods: It’s not hard to make lighter walls and lighter furniture pop when combined with dark hardwood flooring. White/off-white, lighter grays, greiges, and subtle light hues like an icy blue or subtle green can also make an undeniably beautiful statement against your darker hardwoods.
Helpful tip: White, off-white, or milk-colored walls against dark floors is a classic way of capturing beauty and sophistication and makes adding lighter furniture quite effortless. Lighting is important, so as long as you have ample light to offset the dark flooring, the combination of light to dark can be downright gorgeous.
For Gray Hardwoods: Popular gray hardwoods give a raw feel and tend to pair well with colors that mimic serene landscapes. Ice blue offers calm and relaxation, or you can capture more of a Nordic vibe with navy against your gray hardwoods. White with cool undertones against gray hardwoods can almost give your space a pebble-beach feel that never goes out of style, or choose pale greens with gray undertones to pay homage to peaceful mornings on the lake.
Helpful tip: Gray wood flooring excels in its ability to create a relaxing atmosphere, so stick with cool colors and avoid hues like yellow that may clash with your gray hardwoods.
For Cherry Hardwoods: Like darker hardwoods, cherry offers a bold canvas with standalone beauty. It pairs well with clean, crisp white to offer a naturally sophisticated balance, or you can play off the cherry with green or blue walls to create a gorgeous contrast with your cherry wood floors.
Helpful tip: Avoid using green shades with yellow undertones that could clash with your red flooring. Instead, you may want to stick with shades that complement – and don’t overwhelm – your cherry hardwood flooring.
For Carpeting: When combining colors, let the flooring be the heavier shade for balance. You can also look to your artwork for inspiration. If you have a distinct piece of art that you love, lean on the more neutral colors or color combinations within the artwork to help guide your choices in both flooring and wall color.
Helpful tip: Ground your space by choosing carpeting that’s a similar color to the walls, or to the sofa but slightly darker.
- For Light Hardwoods: Along with giving your home the appearance being spacious, light hardwood flooring adds clean simplicity to any space. In terms of paint, you’ll want to go with neutral and light tones for your walls and trim to complement your flooring, such as white, off-white, gray, greige or taupe.