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How To Match Wall Colour To Your Floor

By Jessica Kadel, Flooring Expert on 22nd November 2016.

After investing in a new and stylish flooring, the last thing you’ll want to do is spoil the room by rushing the paint job. Although it sounds tedious, it’s important to match your chosen wall colour to the tones in your flooring because the floor is the second largest surface in the room.

Whether you’ve opted for vinyl flooring, laminate flooring, engineered wood or solid wood flooring, there are certain paint schemes that will or will not complement your floor. However, most floors, especially wooden floors, have a neutral palette of earthy browns and greys, so finding a floor and wall colour combination isn’t too difficult. Simply follow this guide to find a wall colour to match your flooring.

Image showing a cool floor with a cool blue wall

Detect Your Floor Colour

Chances are you’ve already got a vague idea of whether you’d like a bold or subtle colour. So, to find a shade that matches, it’s important to detect whether your floor has warm or cool tones. This will then help you coordinate and imagine what your wall colour ideas will look like.

Detecting your floor’s colour is easier than it sounds, simply looks for the undertones of the wood. Warm floors tend to have yellow, orange or red undertones, whereas cool floors have grey, blue or taupe undertones.

Find your floor’s most prominent colour on the wheel below, which will tell you whether it is in the warm or cool section. Hues such as purple or yellow can be classified as either warm or cool depending on the shade.

An diagram of a colour wheel

Related: A Guide to Different Flooring Grades

Finding a Matching Wall Colour

Stick to the Colour Family

Now you know the colour of your floors, finding a corresponding wall colour is surprisingly easy. The general rule is that warm colours go well with other warm colours and the same with cool colours. This helps to emphasise the natural tones of the wood or laminate. For example, if you have a terracotta floor with undertones of red, a warm yellow wall will not look out of place. Similarly, if your flooring has a blueish grey tinge, a cool green wall will go well.

 Go for a Contrast

Another option when choosing your wall colour is to create a contrast by finding your hue’s complementary colour. This can also be done with the above colour chart. Simply go for the colour which is opposite your flooring’s colour. So, if your flooring has yellow undertones, violet walls will create a bold statement while not looking out of place. The cool tones in the walls will then contrast with warm tones in the wood to make both surfaces stand out.

An image of a room with contrasting walls and floors

As well as the colours in the undertones, it’s always good to contrast the shades of your floor and walls. For example, don’t pair a dark mahogany floor with more dark walls, regardless of colour, as this can immediately make a room very heavy. Similarly to light floors, matching a white floor with pale or white walls can create a clinical feel. If you have dark floors, opt for a light wall colour and vice versa.

Try a Neutral Shade

If you’re still in doubt, a final tip is to opt for a neutral wall colour. This is an easy way of ensuring your walls will complement your floors, no matter what type of flooring you have. For example, simple shades such as cream, beige or taupe will go with most types of flooring and give you a minimalistic look.

What wall colours did you opt for? Let us know in the comments!

Jessica Kadel, Flooring Expert