Dark hardwood floors and repainting? Choosing the right paint colour is something homeowners struggle with no matter the colour of their floors.
If you’re repainting, we have some tips to help you choose the right colour.
Paint Colours to Compliment Dark Hardwood Floors
Most people want to choose a colour that brings attention to the wood, rather than just matches it.
The first thing you will want to consider is the natural tone of the wood. Wood generally has a tone that is yellow, orange, red-brown, bluish brown or dark brown. If you want to bring out this colour, you can choose a paint with a similar hue.
Similarly, do your floors have a cool or a warm feeling? Again, you can use this information to match with either a cool or a warm paint colour.
You will also want to think about whether you prefer a high-contrast look or you prefer something that matches.
Mahogany, cherry, walnut and other dark hardwood floors stand out when set against a light colour. Look to the bright side of the colour wheel and both your walls and floors will look excellent.
Crisp, clean white looks really chic against dark floors. Other popular choices include cool greys and beiges with a tint of green, blue or yellow.
Another suggestion is to pick up a tone from the floor. So if your wood has a yellow grain, you may want to have a hint of yellow on your walls. Likewise, if you can pick up some greys in the grain, then a grey wall could look beautiful.
What About The Baseboards and Trim? What Trim Paint Colour Matches Dark Hardwood Floors?
In some homes, you will find a wood grain baseboard and trim that is very close to the colour of the floor. This allows the colour, grain and wood from the floor to be carried up the walls. Dark floors can feel heavy and grounded. They add a cosy element to a home. If you like the warmth of this look, then you will likely also like having the trim with a similar wood tone and grain.
If you are trying to tone down the look of the wood, then you may want to consider a white or off-white baseboard or trim and then choose your wall colour to compliment both the floors and the trim. White trim can brighten and lighten up space.
Some also paint their trim and baseboards the same colour as the walls for a clean look that matches.
How to Know Your Chosen Paint Matches Your Dark Hardwood Floors?
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been in a paint store and watch eager people clutching their sample of wood and their sample of paint. They plop the piece of flooring up on the counter and bring out all the paint chips that meet their fancy. They ooh and aah and then eventually settle on a colour they think they will love.
I’d love to know how many end up changing their colour, or not loving it, once it’s up on the walls.
Why? Well, the lighting in paint stores can be drastically different from what’s in your home. Sure, you’re getting a great look at the pure colour, but I’m certain that same paint colour you loved in the store could look very different in your own home.
Take a larger sample of a few paint colours home.
Lean them up against the floor or tape them to the wall. If the paint store didn’t have larger samples, then purchase a sample sized tin and paint a swatch on the wall or on a piece of drywall you can lean up against the wall.
Turn the lights on. Turn the lights off. Open the blinds. Close the blinds. Look at the paint samples every hour throughout the day. Notice how the colour changes as the day changes? As the light changes, notice how different hues and tones are more prominent?
Now you can really make sense of what colour will look best with your floors. And, since changing your floors is much more expensive than changing your paint, you want to be sure your chosen paint looks great against your beautiful hardwood flooring.