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Originally posted 21st November 2016

Last updated 13th June 2023

How To Match Your Furniture To Your Floor

When. it comes to new laminate flooring, vinyl flooring or LVT, it’s difficult to know how...

Chris Payne

Flooring Surveyor Factory Direct Flooring Ltd

4 min read
Written by Expert

When. it comes to new laminate flooring, vinyl flooring or LVT, 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 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. This is just so the room space isn’t too overwhelming. This also allows you to get more creative when it comes to accessories and furnishings.

An image of a dining room

Find Corresponding Colours

If you’re confused about 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.

An image showing blue furniture

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.

An image of a dining room with a rug

Our Flooring Calculator

When you browse any type of flooring at Factory Direct Flooring Ltd, each product has a flooring calculator on the page. Simply enter the surface area in either metres or feet squared and our My Project flooring calculator will tell you how many packs you’ll need and how much it will cost you.

By simply measuring your room and entering your dimensions, we will provide you with an instant price which will show on every type of flooring you browse across our website. You can either input the total coverage or your width and length measurements, in meters or feet. You can even save your measurements room by room to make your shopping experience stress-free.

It also offers to add an extra 10% for wastage. While this may cost a little bit more, we highly recommend adding it just in case there are mishaps during the installation process. Enjoy the My Project flooring calculator below:

What colour schemes to did you choose for your furniture? Let us know in the comments!

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About the Author

Chris Payne, Flooring Surveyor

Chris has been with the company over 23 years he has a wealth of experience in his roll as Flooring Surveyor. Most of his daily routing is inspecting all sorts of floors so that we can establish suitability for installation. This sort of experience is very important as nearly 98% of problems start with the subfloor.