How to Choose Wall Colors With Light Wood Floors

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How to Choose Wall Colors With Light Wood Floors
A light floor can make your walls appear like a blank canvas ready for painting. (ULTRA.F/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Blank walls that need painting can provide an opportunity to make any changes you want in the room for little expense and big impact. While just about any colour can be used in a room depending on preference, you'll want to select a colour that visually works well with the colour of your wood floors. To choose wall colours with light wood floors, there are a few aspects to consider. Once you settle on a colour, you can get started prepping the room and painting.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Consider the function of the room and the feel you want to exhibit in the room, such as warm or cool tones, using the existing feel of the wood floor as your guide. A light oak may give a warmer feel to the room than pine, which offers a cooler, plainer look.

  2. 2

    Take into account whether or not you'll be using an area rug over your light floors and the colours that will be added by having an area rug. If you have furniture that also uses specific colours rather than neutrals, add this factor into your decision as well.

  3. 3

    Select a colour that coordinates with the colours of the rug and furniture to choose for your walls such as red, green, blue and so on. Use this colour in a hue that is warm or cool according to what you determined from Step 1.

  4. 4

    Plan to use light to medium shades of your chosen colour so you don't overpower the light flooring. A light shade of the colour you have chosen along with the appropriate tone can create an airy, bright feel in the room, while a medium shade can add to the depth of the room, often creating the feeling of a nicely confined space without being overbearing.

  5. 5

    Head to your nearest home improvement store and select a variety of colour samples from the paint department. As you select your samples keep in mind the colour you want, the warm or cool feel you need to suit the flooring and the shade of light or darkness you prefer.

  6. 6

    Bring home the colour samples and compare the samples to the colours of furniture, rugs and curtains that exist in the room. Make your selection from the colour samples and use the sample you decide on when you purchase your paint.

Tips and warnings

  • If your floors are light in colour because you have unfinished wood floors, consider using rustic-looking painting techniques such as sponging the walls to create a mottled, varying look of colour rather than a solid, finished colour.

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