When it comes to new laminate flooring, vinyl flooring, engineered or solid wood flooring, it’s difficult to know how to design around it, especially with the vast range of styles and colours around. However, when it comes to furniture, it’s actually easier to match with your flooring than you’d think. Most flooring features a neutral palette, so you don’t have to be an interior designer to colour coordinate. Whether you’re trying to match a wooden cabinet or simply a sofa to your new floor, there are some straightforward rules to follow to avoid a heavy clash of wood.
Don’t Stick to One Shade
Despite what all the myths you may have heard, you don’t have the have the same wood colour echoed throughout the room. In fact, it looks better to have a variety of finishes which help to create a contrast and expand the space available. For example, if you have a dark mahogany wood floor, don’t feel like your tables and chairs also have to be mahogany. A lighter shade could work wonders and won’t make the room too heavy. Vice versa if you have light beech floors, don’t be afraid to throw in some dark furniture.
Although creativity and contrasts are encouraged, we recommend not going over three different wood finishes in one room. Just so the space isn’t too overwhelming. This also allows you to get more creative when it comes to accessories and furnishings.
Find Corresponding Colours
If you’re confused which wood colours will go with each other. Start by finding your flooring’s undertone. For example, laminate, vinyl (including LVT)or wooden floors could feature warm undertones of yellow, orange or red, or hints of cool undertones such as grey or blue.
Once deciphered, find colours which will harmonise. Warm flooring will go well with other warm coloured furniture and the same goes for cool flooring. So, if you have a dark walnut floor with undertones of red, furniture with hints of orange or yellow could go well. If your flooring has a tinge of taupe, cool blue furniture could create a match interior designers would be proud of.
Go With the Grade
Another piece of advice when it comes to sourcing wooden furniture is to follow the grade of your flooring. For example, if your engineered or solid wood flooring is rustic, try to keep your furniture as close to the rustic grade as possible. Grades are generally based on the number of surface markings they display. These markings, such as knots, make them closer to the ‘real wood’ aesthetic.
The general grades tend to be prime grade, classic grade, natural grade and rustic grade. With prime grade having the least knots and rustic grade having the most. Keeping to similar grades, regardless of shades, helps to pull different woods together. This creates a cohesive look without making the room appear too busy.
Related: A Guide to Different Flooring Grades
Separate the Wood
A final tip is to break up the number of wooden surfaces in the room. For example, don’t have too many wooden surfaces interacting. Use a colourful rug to buffer between a wooden table and wooden floor and make it a little less heavy on the eye.
Also, to bring a little extra colour in the room, get creative with accessories. Pick an accent colour to brighten up the room and create a consistent look throughout. For example, this can come into play through the colour of cushions, vases frames, etc.
What colour schemes to did you choose for your furniture? Let us know in the comments!