Your flooring is the backdrop for your interior design scheme. Just like in a painting, that backdrop can be dramatic and eye-catching or it can be a unifying influence that lets the other elements of your space shine. When choosing your floor, consider how it interacts with the other major color influencer of your room: namely, your walls.

Wall and flooring colors don’t need to match; usually, some contrast is key. Look for similar color elements. For instance, if you’re using birch hardwood flooring with silvery highlights, look for a wall color that has some of the same yellow-green tones. This might be a cool beige, a light blue or a pale green, but together, the elements look put together without being too matchy-matchy. Remember, some contrast is good, whether that means darker flooring and lighter walls or vice versa.

In general, darker colors like mahogany or dark brown create a richer, more masculine feel in a space, while lighter colors like beige or birch give a more open, airier feel. Lighter floor colors can also make a room feel larger and more spacious, while darker colors offer a cozy, intimate invitation.

Take a paint chip and a flooring sample and put them next to each other in your space. Remember, the light in your room will drastically affect how the colors appear. There is a difference in how floor and wall finish products appear in the early morning hours versus evening hours. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different colors or buy small paint cans to test out the color on your walls. You might be amazed by which color is your favorite in your home as opposed to a swatch under the harsh lights of a home improvement store.

If you aren’t totally sold on one color element in the room, make sure you’re in love with your flooring choice. After all, it’s less expensive to repaint a wall or two, than to replace quality flooring. You may be able to change the paint color yourself without too much trouble, but your flooring is an installed surface that may last 10 years or more and should be handled by professionals. Lock in your flooring choice and then select the paint color second.

Need more help on coordinating the right color palette for your home? Contact Tish Flooring at 317-879-8474, an Indianapolis flooring company. We’ll come directly to your home with samples, so you can see them with your light and your paint chips. We’ll help you choose an overall look and feel that’s perfect for you. Schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today.