While carpet is a thing of the past, it surely hasn’t gone away but hardwood floors lead the trend of home interior design style and is the desirable choice for most homeowners. Hardwood floors create a clean, sleek look that doesn’t hold on to dust and grime like carpet does. A huge advantage of hardwood floors is that they are made to last for generations. Like carpet, hardwood comes in a variety of colors and shades.

The hardwood may be painted, stained or left the natural color of the wood. No matter the color of your hardwood, you want to make sure your color choice for the walls in your home will work with the floors to create the aesthetic that you want in your home. Do you want drama of a strong contrast, warm and coziness of dark colors, bright and warm? Getting the combo right the first time is important, rather than living with the regret of a wrong paint choice. We will go in depth to tell you the best combos for hardwood floors.

Light Hardwood Floors can help brighten up a room, making it appear larger. It is best practice to accentuate this feature by keeping the walls relatively light as well. Together it can make the room appear more open, especially if there is light coming in the windows. Using paint colors like in the whites, creams, light grays, beige, taupe, greige (cool gray-warm beige) and tan will help get you the bright, clean look. While these shades are neutral, they come in many different shades with undertones that could compliment your floors. Painting your trim the same color as the walls can help keep your room light and airy, painting the trims white can help give your room a bolder but subtle contrast. No matter what color you’re using, just make you use a semi-gloss or high-gloss finish on the trim so that it can handle all the wear and tear!

Dark hardwood floors are very popular right now and can even be stained black for a dramatic effect. Dark hardwood tends to feel more high-end but can also make the space feel smaller than it actually is. Generally, the best wall colors for dark floors is light. You want to try and balance out the dark with light. You can choose a severe white, cool white, or even an off white, cream or ivory. If you love color, try the lightest shade of your desired color, like an extreme pale pink or blue. Otherwise, rooms can feel too closed off and small. If you love contrast and drama, an accent wall could be perfect for your space. Painting just one out of four walls in the room a bolder color, while keeping the other walls light and neutral can incorporate bold colors without swallowing up the whole room.

If you have a chair rail around the room or wainscoting, try painting the wainscoting or chair rail white and painting the rest of the wall your bolder, darker color. This combo helps create a dramatic effect that has an elegant look. The darker colors are separated from the floor by a section of white, so you can get away with the darker color!

While paying attention to home trends is important if you want your home to embrace current styles, remember that the most important thing is that your home is your personal sanctuary and should reflect the colors and styles that you love!