The best wall color for oak floors

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The best wall color for oak floors
Light or medium oak floors look good with white or off-white paint. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Now that you've installed oak flooring in your home, you'll need to select a colour for the walls that complements the floors well. Paint hues in the same colour scheme as the oak will result in a monochromatic effect for the room; complementary colours, or hues on opposing sides of the colour wheel, will add attractive and sophisticated contrast to the wood floors.

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Light or Medium Brown Oak Floors

Tan or light tan oak flooring is well complemented with a darker colour on the walls. A medium shade of brown, like a dark bronze or nutmeg shade, is ideal if you want to give the room a classic or modest feel; tan shades tinged with yellow will have the same effect but add an understated brightness to the space. A deeper, medium shade of brown on the floors will contrast well with a lighter, pastel colour; a cinnamon-coloured floor is further showcased when coupled with powder blue walls. You can also add more warmth to the room by choosing a light warm colour to the walls like a dusty or blush pink.

Red Oak Floors

Oak floors with tinges of red give the area a cosy and inviting feel. Using another warm colour on the walls will continue the welcoming theme in the room. A cooler colour will offset the red in the flooring while still promoting an air of relaxation. For instance, a butter yellow colour on the walls will complement red oak floors, slightly intensifying both hues. Green, on the other hand, is directly across from red on the colour wheel and will provide a colourful balance to the room. For instance, amber oak floors coupled with medium or pistachio green walls create an environment of welcomed serenity to the area.

Black or Dark Brown Oak Floors

Light and medium colours like sky blue, slate grey, a peachy shade of orange or Kelly green are ideal for dark oak floors that are a rich shade of brown or almost black. Cocoa-coloured oak flooring will stand out when the walls or panelling is in a bold shade of green that isn't too overwhelming. Another colour in the warm family, like an understated orange shade, make the room more inviting and allow the floor to be the main colour feature. A black pearl shade of oak for the floors is appropriate for a modern-style home; a subdued shade of grey on the walls will modestly showcase the floor and is the ideal palette for a single burst of colour in the room, like a portrait or small furniture piece.

Golden Oak Floors

When the vibrant shade of yellow is showcased in oak flooring, neutral shades of white, cream and ivory are a suitable choice for the walls. Golden shades of apricot or light bronze are also common in yellow-tinged oak flooring. A bronze accent wall among three medium tan walls or bright bronze or gold wall panelling has a vivid effect on the room. Shades of red for the walls are also fitting for yellow oak flooring. A bright chilli pepper-coloured stripe on a tan accent wall will wake up the space while complementing the floors while a Moroccan red shade for the panelling adds bright and noticeable colour without overwhelming the space or taking the attention away from the flooring.

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