Should you choose light or dark floors?

Choosing a colour for your floors is an important decision. It covers a large area, and the colour and the tone play a significant role in the look and feel of your room.

There are factors to take into account when deciding on which colour to go for; the style of your home, the size of the room, any existing colours, lighting and the mood you want to create. They all play an essential role in which floor colour is right for any room.

Let's look at each of these in more detail.

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How to choose the right floor colour

Choose a colour that suits the style of your house.

Traditional homes usually have mid-toned or darker floor colours. This keeps your spaces looking classic. This style of home doesn't get as much natural light as contemporary homes, and a darker floor will add depth and warmth. You can always throw a light coloured rug over the top to brighten your room. If you get a lot of natural light then a light flooring can look great and create a more spacious feel, especially with light walls and ceilings.

Contemporary houses are built to make the most of the natural light, and a lighter floor can look lovely in these spaces. Lighter floors do have a more casual look, but it does depend on what style of home you want to create. Darker flooring in a room with light walls and furniture can ground the space and add definition to the floor.

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Size of the room

Whether your room is large or small can be a factor in the colour choice. A small room can appear larger if floors, walls and ceiling are all lighter. If you want to embrace the size of a small room, make it feel cosy with darker floors and walls.

Large rooms can feel more intimate with darker floors and walls.

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What colours are existing in your home?

Take into account the colour of the walls, if you aren't repainting, and large furniture items and fixtures. Your flooring needs to complement the large coloured in a room. Take note of these and select a floor colour that is in the same or similar tones.

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How much natural light your home gets is important when choosing a floor colour. A coastal style home that gets lots of natural light looks great with light flooring and make the room feel cooler, especially in summer.  

A cosy and intimate feel can be achieved in a dark room by choosing a mid-toned floor and dark or mid-toned walls.

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What is the mood you are going for?

The tone, lightness or darkness of a colour, is just as important, if not more so, than the colour. The tones you use are what creates the atmosphere of the room. If you have light natural coloured walls, and you want a subtle and restful look in your room, a floor just a shade darker than the walls will achieve this look. If you want a more dynamic and energetic mood, more contrast can help you achieve this.

Read more about creating a successful colour scheme here

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Dark floors with white walls are a classic pairing and can give the illusion of more space with the floor looking like it disappears.

Mid-toned floors are the most popular, especially if you have pets or young kids. They don't show the dirt as much so you won't have to spend all your time cleaning.

Lighter floors are perfect if you want a light, airy and casual look.  

I hope this has armed you with enough information to make the best colour choice for the rooms in your home.

Leave a comment below with what your favourite flooring colour is?

Until next time,

Happy decorating,


13 May 2020

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