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What colour wooden flooring should I choose?

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Lunavat residence Modern living room by Archtype Modern
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The floor color and design is often ignored when planning the interiors of a house, as our focus generally lies on the walls and the furniture. However when you discuss your home interior design with the professional interior designers, they plan the flooring meticulously as the color and texture of the floor plays an important role in the appearance of your home. The hardwood floors can come in a wide variety of textures and colors and they should also be taken into account when composing environments, especially with regard to the colors present. The great truth is that the wooden floors combine with all colors: the secret is to know how to balance the tone (more yellow or reddish) and intensity of the shade of wood with the colors that are present in the furniture and the walls. In this idea book, we present a few living rooms with wooden floors and colors in the design!

Yellow and Grey

Lunavat residence Modern living room by Archtype Modern

Lunavat residence


Wooden floors look great with tones of yellow. For your hardwood floor to complement well with yellow, the color of the flooring should have yellow undertones to it, and should be medium dark for it to create the best composition of colors. Yellow lights add to the charm of a wood with yellow undertones, so when you have a yellow and wood combination, you also know the color of lights in the room. To keep the style of the room subtle, adding grey is a great idea. Grey is one of the most universal colors for use in home decor and furniture and gels well with any other color. If yellow is your favorite color, here are 5 ways to use the color yellow in your home.

White and Burnt Cement

When you want your living room to be calm and understated, use shades of grey right from white, to light grey, cement to burnt cement. With shades of grey your hardwood floor should have less of yellow, and more white undertone. If the grey is dark, it is a good idea to keep the wood color light, and if the grey is light, you can go dark in the wood floor. You can use concealed and focus lights in warm white or even yellow to highlight the attention and focus areas in the room. Do you love grey? Have a look at this lavish and chic home in Mumbai, in all grey.

White and Black

White and black is an evergreen combination, that does not just go along well with wooden floor, but with almost anything and any color. You can choose any shade and any tone of wood freely with white and black, just keeping in mind the light to dark ratio. If you are using more of white, then you can go for a darker shade of wood, and if black is dominant in your composition then having a light colored wood will make the room seem more spacious and bright. Wood does need a lot of maintenance, especially when in light colors. Wooden floors need to be waterproofed and sealed with protective coating every year to increase its longevity. Here is how to clean and maintain wooden surfaces, for their better life.

Wood and natural materials

Wood is a natural material, and hence blends well with other natural materials. Wooden flooring looks great with stone walls, greens and earthen colors. You can use river bed stones to break the monotony of the wooden flooring and create a focus center for the room. Add other natural elements like plants, stone murals, statues made out of stone, or woven wooden blinds to create a natural themed composition for your living room, that goes perfectly with the wooden flooring. Have a look at this stunning family home with a natural touch, for inspiration.

Just white with the wooden floor

One can probably never go wrong with white. White color is great choice for the minimalist style enthusiasts, and it suits best with the wood flooring. White fabric couches, white lights, white walls and white curtains and to break this monotony get a floor of dark wood. When you are not using any other color in your living room, a dark wood flooring will look the best and make your whites stand out. Using minimal furniture and decor on the walls will make your room look elegant and chic. There is another reason that white goes so well with wood. It is that one never gets bored of white and wood, they just look good to the eyes every time. See here for ideas on how to decorate your house in white color.

Warm color tones

Living Room Country style living room by ZERO9 Country

Living Room


There is so much range in the looks that you can create with hard wood flooring in your home, by just combining and complimenting it with different colors. In this picture, wooden flooring is complimented with warm colors like mustard and maroon, with a geometrical warm colored rug and a white rough textured wall that gives a country feel to the room. Choose the artifacts and decor carefully when you plan to create a theme for your living room, to enhance the impact of other elements as well. Here is more inspiration for country style decor for your home.

Shades of wood

You need no other color if you don't want to add them. Wood alone has such wide range in terms of shades and tones that using just those shades you can create an entire composition with complete depth and range. When using only the shades in wood, always remember the tonality and choose all shades of one undertone, be it red, yellow or white. Choosing woods in same undertones will make the composition of the room look more coherent and balanced.

Neutral colors and tones

Living area tv unit Modern living room by Samanta’s Studio Modern MDF
Samanta’s Studio

Living area tv unit

Samanta’s Studio

When you need your living room to be subtle and soft go for neutral colors and tones, like beige, off white and light grey. These neutral colors add subtlety to the atmosphere and create a calm and soft atmosphere. You can never get bored of such an environment. Any shade of wood and any undertones will go well with such color scheme. Here are some ideas for a classy neutral decor for your home.

Brighter Colors

Nikhil patel residence Modern living room by Dipen Gada & Associates Modern
Dipen Gada & Associates

Nikhil patel residence

Dipen Gada & Associates

Wooden flooring can be combined with bright colors as well and will help create an urbane and chic room that looks bright and cheerful. The medium natural color of wood is perfect for such bright combinations. You can accentuate the areas of the room where you want to add focus using focus lights.

Rusts and browns

Deshpande Residence Eclectic style living room by Nuvo Designs Eclectic
Nuvo Designs

Deshpande Residence

Nuvo Designs

Rust and brown belong to the same family of colors that wood belongs and they go along very well. This is again a combination where you do not have to bother about the tonality and shade of your wooden flooring and can freely choose the floor you like.

For wooden flooring, remember to keep the texture as smooth as possible, since wood catches dust and may appear worn out soon. Remember the maintenance routine of your wooden flooring and enjoy your great looking floor for a long time.

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