6 Design & Colour Guidelines for Wood Flooring

If you’re struggling to choose the right colour for your new wood flooring, you’re not alone. Because there are so many options available, even the wildest personalities will be satisfied.

While being creative or pushing the boundaries of traditional style are welcome, it’s still a good idea to follow some certain guidelines and rules in order to avoid some regrettable mistakes. Keep reading to learn some tips you can keep in mind when choosing the wood flooring colour for your home or business.

1. Consider the colour of your decorations and furniture.

One of the very first things you should think about is the colour of your furniture and accessories. This is because you don’t want your floor to be the same colour as your furniture and decor, because it will make everything look cluttered. Go for colours of flooring that will contrast with everything else in the room.

2. Think about the size of your rooms.

If you have a big open room, the main aspect of that room will be the flooring. Consider deep colours for the flooring here as this will let the character of the wood shine through.

If, on the other hand, you have small rooms, or rooms with darker walls, you should go with lighter colours for your flooring. If you choose a floor that’s too dark, the room will feel gloomy and small.

If the room is bright and airy, a darker floor will make it feel modern and contemporary.

3. What kind of atmosphere do you want?

The decorations you use and the colours you choose for walls and floors all contribute to the atmosphere of the room. Lighter colours give a happy, sunny feeling; shades of white and light beige make a room feel open and pure, while shades of yellow feel fun and optimistic. If you want your interior to feel cool and peaceful, go with timeless greys. A rustic and natural feel will come with shades of brown, and black imparts a sense of class and luxury.

4. Will you have a lot of scratches and dents?

If you have higher traffic areas where pets and kids will play, you’re going to end up with scratches and dents in the flooring. If you want those imperfections to blend in and go unnoticed, choose a light, natural colour wood floor without a glossy finish. Any damage will look like it belongs, and the floor will take on a distressed, natural look without anyone knowing the difference.

5. Take home some samples.

Before you make your final decision, always ask for some samples to take home. Hold them up to the walls and against your furniture. You’ll also be able to see how the wood will look in all the different lights your room will experience throughout the course of the day, from early morning sunlight to bright afternoon sunlight, twilight, and artificial light.

6. Use the light.

The lighting in a room changes gradually throughout the day. If you look at a wood sample at night under artificial lighting, you will get a very different feel for it than when you look at it in natural sunlight at midday. Make sure you think about what kind of light you’ll have on your floor. You walk in and out of a kitchen all day long, so you need something that looks great under all lights. You will see your bedroom more at night with artificial lights; a child’s toy room might be used only in the afternoon with natural light. Each different room has its own use and its own unique lighting scenarios.

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