What paint colors go with dark wood floors in a living room?

Written by c. giles | 13/05/2017
What paint colors go with dark wood floors in a living room?
Certain colours really complement a dark wood floor. (red roses in the glass vase on wooden floor image by Jane September from Fotolia.com)

Nowadays there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to home decoration; what is more important is creating a living space that reflects your personal style. This is particularly true when it comes to colour. Pay attention to trends, but choose a colour scheme that you will not tire of, and that is versatile enough to be modified at regular intervals, without requiring an extensive, expensive redecoration. If you have dark wood floors in your living room, there are certain complementary paint colours that you may want to consider.


What paint colors go with dark wood floors in a living room?
Classic white is always an appropriate choice. (corridor image by bright from Fotolia.com)

White paint is extremely versatile, and is a perfect wall colour for a living room with a dark wood floor. White paint will instantly brighten the room's interior, and create a dramatic contrast to the dark flooring. White paint is available in a seemingly endless array of shades. For a softer, warmer look, go for white paint with pink or peach undertones. Think about what other colours you are going to use in the room, as this will also affect your choice of white paint. If you have blue or green upholstery, for example, look at white paint with a slight tint of blue or green; the difference is very subtle but can really bring the room together.


What paint colors go with dark wood floors in a living room?
Gray walls bring a calm atmosphere to a living room. (modern living room image by Galina Barskaya from Fotolia.com)

Gray paint is a popular choice for rooms with dark wood floors; it is more elegant than white paint, and also comes in a variety of shades, with bluish and greenish greys offering subtle effects. Dove grey is a great choice to complement all shades of dark wood flooring. Again, consider what other colours you want to have in the room. Rich autumnal shades of red and purple work well with grey and provide depth to the overall decor.


What paint colors go with dark wood floors in a living room?
If you want to use yellow paint, go for a more subtle ochre shade. (yellow paint image by Jennifer Griner from Fotolia.com)

If your living room floor is a very dark wood, try ochre paint to add brightness and create a subtle contrast. Ochre can take on a yellow, brown or grey appearance depending on surrounding colours in the room and the exact colour of the wood. Be careful not to choose too yellowish an ochre, especially if your floor is almost black, as this can give a bumblebee-like effect that may not be your desired look!

Dark Red

What paint colors go with dark wood floors in a living room?
Red paint is a bold choice. (red wall image by anna karwowska from Fotolia.com)

To give your living room a sumptuous, rich feel, dark red paint makes a strong statement. Many interior designers use dark red paint in rooms with dark wood floors to create a Victorian look. A wine red shade works well with walnut and mahogany wood; for lighter wood colours, go for slightly brighter reds, such as blood red or cranberry. Make sure the red is not too close in tone to your wood colour, as this can make the room look smaller.


What paint colors go with dark wood floors in a living room?
Many different shades of green paint are available. (Light Green Faux Painted wall image by Jim Mills from Fotolia.com)

Green is a popular choice for those who want a natural, earthy, calming living room environment. Cool greens, mint greens, olive greens and sage all work alongside dark wood floors, each giving quite different looks. Green paint works well for many different design themes, from classic to contemporary.

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