For the most harmonious look, choose wood furniture that matches the warmth of your floors but is a few shades lighter. For instance, pair grayish or black wood floors with pale, weathered woods, and pair warm, rich floors (like the ones shown here) with warm medium- to light-toned woods like cherry or maple .
Light vs. Dark Matters for Hardwood Floors White . You can choose several cool white shades for your walls. Light Gray . Rather than pure white , you can always go for a light gray that has undertones of beige, blue, green , or taupe. Very Light Blue . Lighter blue walls go great with dark hardwood floors. Subtle Green .
Light Wood Furniture Instead, opt for woods that are a few shades lighter than your flooring such as golden oak , maple or washed designs. Furniture in lighter, warm colours will complement the deep tones of dark wood flooring . Also avoid white or grey pieces that could appear stark.
Here are our tips on making the most of your dark wood floors and how to make every piece you choose work beautifully to create a sophisticated home. Combine with White Furniture. Combine with Bright White Walls. Go A Few Shades Lighter. Choose a Bold Rug. Consider a Transition Shade. Contrast with Pale and Interesting.
While dark hardwood flooring has a special beauty of all of its own and it has been fashionable for a while now, it’s likely to fade out in favourability. Trend is going towards lighter woods such as natural oak.
Subtle greens, especially ones that have gray and/or blue undertones also work well with dark hardwood. Stay away from saturated greens as those can be too dark and many look very dated.
A good rule of thumb is to work from the bottom up: darker hues at the bottom and lighter at the top, especially since floors are usually a darker hue than walls and ceilings are lighter than walls .
Dark Wood Floors and Area Rugs – High Contrast To bring out the beauty in dark stained hardwood, try a white , off- white or beige area rug. The lighter color creates a stark contrast with the dark wood, balancing out the feel of the room and bringing attention to each element.
Dark wood tends to provide a more modern and elegant look than lighter wood floors . Dark wood is less susceptible to fading because it absorbs light. This means you won’t have to refinish it as frequently as you would a lighter floor . Dark wood shows the grain of the wood better than a lighter color.
Light Walls The best way to compliment your dark floors is with light colored walls. The color contrast will offset your flooring and give you a nice balance of light and dark . Not only that, but the lighter color will cause more light to bounce around your room making it naturally brighter, and feel larger.
However, if you just can’t decide, you can’t go wrong with the versatile look of a dark wood floor . “If you are going for a timeless look, a darker wood tone will always be applicable,” says designer Kia Weatherspoon, president of D.C.-based Determined by Design.
White or black furniture looks impressive against the honey oak color. This furniture stands out against the light color and makes the room come to life. You can also incorporate both white and black coloring in your décor to add a modern flair to your décor.
You may be surprised to learn that dark wood flooring can help to make your room look bigger too. Darker flooring offers an inviting feel and opens up a space. Dark wood is not to be afraid of, and once paired with the right cooling shade for wall colour, a space really can appear much bigger than it is.