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How Can I Decorate to Suit My Dark Wood Floors?

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If you recently refinished your hardwood floors using a dark color, you may feel unsure about how to decorate your house for the most beautiful effect. Dark wood floors are actually quite sophisticated, providing a rich appeal to any space. But if you use too many dark colors in your furnishings and other décor, you risk making your rooms appear heavy.

Below, we explore some tips for decorating your home or commercial space to suit your new dark wood floors.

What Décor Works Well with Dark Wood Floors?

Whether you chose natural hardwoods for your space or had luxury vinyl plank floors installed, you have many years ahead to enjoy their durability, beauty, and low maintenance appeal. But with dark wood floors, it is important to not darken your space too much with poorly chosen upholstery or wallcoverings. Instead, you should decorate to brighten the space and make the flooring a warm foundation.

Consider decorating by following these tips:

  • White walls with light wood furnishings
  • Furniture legs stained to match the flooring
  • A mix of wood colors with white
  • Rich wall colors with a patterned kilim rug
  • Dark floor coverings with light walls
  • White marble, white surfaces, bronze and wood
  • Bright colors with white
  • Urban layered textures and muddy hues

White Walls with Light Wood Furnishings

Select wood furnishings several shades lighter than your dark wood floors, but similar in warmth. Add sumptuous white rugs, such as a fluffy faux fur selection. Paint walls a sharp white to contrast against the hardwoods or luxury vinyl plank floors. The result is a chic look of harmony very in-step with the times.

Furniture Legs Stained to Match Flooring

For an elegant and well pulled-together look, ensure your sofa and chair legs match the color of your dark wood floors. This removes the distraction of oddly colored legs seeming to peer out from beneath upholstered furnishings. To suit this cohesive approach at the foundation of the room, use a significantly lighter color on your walls. This directs the "weight" of the room downward and creates a breezier feeling for the rest of the space.

A Mix of Wood Colors with White

Instead of matching your furnishings with your dark wood floors or luxury vinyl plank floors, consider creating a more curated look. This look can take on a similar feel as the tree variety you find in a forest. Thinking along this woodsy theme, consider how many different trees of multiple colors and tones exist alongside each other in their natural habitat. You can recreate this palette through your own wood furnishings using light wood seating, for example. Add white walls and lots of green foliage as part of your forested theme.

Rich Wall Colors with a Patterned Low-Pile Rug

If bright colors are your favorite style, go with a richly pigmented hue on your walls. Select a patterned flat-weave rug, such as a stylish kilim, to marry the dark wood floors to your brighter walls. Through this type of combination, you can create an upbeat yet relaxing space.

Dark Floor Coverings with Light Walls

Light walls, white ceiling and dark wood floors can form a foundation for more creative use of color in patterned rugs. If this is your style choice, consider narrowing your wall color choices from almost-white pastels to stark white.

White Marble, White Surfaces, Bronze and Wood

Many homeowners today are choosing dark wood floors or luxury vinyl plank floors for their kitchen. If you make this choice, consider infusing some light by painting walls white and installing white cabinets with white marble or stone counter surfaces. Integrate bronze drawer pulls and hardware. Throughout the space, add subtle wood accents only a couple of tones lighter than your flooring.

Bright Colors with White

If you want a fresh, crisp look, use a bright hue on your accent walls. A modern choice is celery green, but any color can work. To balance the strength of the floor and wall tones, refrain from using other colors in the space. Instead, break up the color with lots of white for rugs, furnishings, accent pieces and surfaces.

Urban Layered Textures and Muddy Hues

The urban look is very chic and modern, particularly for city dwellings. For your urban space, integrate multiple textures as layers. Good options include leather, velvet, metal and hide for pillows, accessories, throws and decorative accents. Work with a color palette of sage, taupe or gray for these pieces and your walls. Choose dark wood and steel furnishings to complete the city-chic theme.

Install or Refinish Your Own Dark Wood Floors

Are you ready for a change in your Raleigh, North Carolina area living space or commercial property? Perhaps installing hardwood flooring or luxury vinyl plank floors will add the modern sophistication you seek.

TriPoint Flooring has provided customers with hardwood flooring installation and refinishing services for years. We would love to add you to our customer family! Our service areas include Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Cary and Apex. Call us today for a free in-home estimate at (919) 771-7542.

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