Choosing Paint Colors to Compliment Your Hardwood Floors

Whether you are redecorating a room or building a new home, choosing a paint color can be a daunting task. There are so many shades of each color to choose from, and you will want that color to compliment your floor well, especially if it is hardwood. Wood floors can be stained many shades as well, including light stains, dark stains, and red or cherry stains. Here are some suggestions for great paint colors that match these stains best!

  • Light Hardwoods

The current trends in home decorating say neutral tones are the best for any room, dark wood or light wood, but the best neutral for light hardwoods is an off white. A crisp and stark white can appear too sterile against light floors. A grey paint color will also work, but you will want to make sure it doesn’t have any blue or green undertones in it. Too much color can be harsh on light wood floors.

  • Dark Hardwoods

When painting your walls, you have to consider the amount of natural light coming through the room, especially with dark hardwoods. Dark floors already make spaces feel smaller, so in order to brighten up the room and provide a balance in color, you will want to use muted light tones. Pick colors with cooler shades such as a pale green, blue, and of course grey. You don’t want to pick too dark of a shade or the room can feel enclosed and depressing.

  • Red or Cherry Hardwoods

Red hardwoods are very traditional and vibrant in color, and have always worked better with earthy and warm tones. We often associate this type of decor with reds, yellows, greens, and oranges, which would all work on the walls and really enhance the color in the wood. If you are concerned about darker or warmer colors overpowering the room, consider painting one wall a lighter shade and creating an accent wall.

As with any home decor decision, choosing a paint color or stain color is all about personal preference. If you want to go with a more modern and simplistic feel, choose a light wood with a neutral colored wall. If you want more a traditional look, choose a red wood with a warmer colored wall, or if you want to combine the two, you can do that too. There are no rules dictating how to paint your walls or choose your floors! Always feel free to bring your paint samples to Flack’s to help you pick out your perfect hardwoods.