What Colors of Hardwood Flooring to Choose With Yellow Walls

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What Colors of Hardwood Flooring to Choose With Yellow Walls
Hardwood floor colours vary in colour from pale to deep ebony. (altrendo images/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

From subtle and warm to bold and contemporary, yellow walls are a playful and bright option for interior design. Though yellow walls are a versatile option for room design, pairing yellow walls with hardwood floors presents a challenging design problem. Hardwood floor colours are impacted by both the type of wood used as well as the colour of the stain or finish. The right hardwood floor colour for your yellow walls creates a cohesive interior colour scheme that complements your overall design aesthetic.

Natural Neutrals

Pale yellow walls in colours like buttercream, honey and straw are calming, warm options for country style homes, and matching hardwood floors contribute to the rustic country atmosphere. Maintain the calm, neutral room design with pale, blond hardwood floors in light finishes. Maple and oak floors are two of the most common hardwood flooring materials, and their light grains and pale colour are ideal options for subtle yellow walls. Some types of maple, like North American Maple and White Oak are almost white in colour when treated with a clean or natural finish. Painted white moulding at the joint of the floor and wall is a simple transition that further brightens the space.

Rich Reds

More saturated yellow walls are bolder options for wall colour, and the rich colours are well paired with equally rich wood floors. Opt for wide plank hardwood floors made of darker woods with natural red or orange undertones. For subtle warm floors, Brazilian cherry or Bolivian rosewood are orange-toned options with mild grains that complement sunny coloured walls. Darker, bolder reds, like those found in bubinga, bloodwood or padouk floors, are more sophisticated and elegant options for hardwood floors. Many of the richer red hardwoods are more expensive because they are more rare than the common woods like oak and maple; cut down on costs by opting for a more common wood treated with a darker red stain to create a similar colour effect. Design a cohesive interior look with opulent fabrics like velvet or detailed embroidery in chairs and curtains.

Contemporary Contrasts

Contemporary homes incorporate colour contrasts into interior design; for the most dramatic contrast to bold yellow walls, choose hardwood floors in dark, almost black shades for a look that is modern and unexpected. Chocolate coloured hardwood like wenge, dark walnut and dark chestnut are options for dark, rich hardwood floors. Exotic woods like Patagonian rosewood or Santos mahogany are also available in especially dark varieties, though their rarity is reflected in their high cost. Many hardwood floor manufacturers also offer ebony stains for lighter coloured woods to cut some of the cost of more expensive dark woods. Treat windows and fabrics with equally dark fabrics to carry the contrast throughout the rest of the room.

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