Looking to purchase flooring but not sure on the perfect colour to match your design? Sometimes you can be left deciding between two, three or even four different shades that are completely different. So how do you choose the right one?
In this blog we will look at design tips that account for other factors you can consider that may help you decide on the perfect colour for your home.
- Room Size: Opt for a lighter flooring in a smaller sized room to give a light and airy feel.
- Lighting: The colour of your flooring will alter when natural or artificial light hits. Test your samples in the room you’re laying your flooring over 24 hours for a realistic view of appearance in all lighting.
- Décor: Create a mood board compiled of colours and textures to fit your décor to see if your flooring will complement this.
One factor that will affect your flooring colour is room size. Different colours of flooring have different impacts depending on space and how you want your room to feel.
Whether it’s a cosy feel you’re opting for, or you’re trying to open up the space, the colour of your flooring can make all the difference and give you the desired effect you’re wanting.
If you have a smaller space to work with the most common recommendation is to opt for lighter, natural tones in your room, and flooring. This is a great way to open up your room and add an airy feel to the space. This in turn makes it feel bigger.
Rooms that are often typically smaller such as hallways, bathroom and offices, are great places to exercise this illusion.
There are a wide range of flooring options available that offer lighter tones that you can incorporate. So you’re definitely not limited and budget shouldn’t be an issue when it comes to wanting to open up your room.
If you’re reading this and thinking, I didn’t want to opt for a light floor when choosing the right colour of your flooring, whether it be for preference or practicality, don’t worry.
There is a way to make your room look bigger with darker flooring too. Using a dramatically darker wood with lighter coloured walls and accessories, also gives the illusion your room is bigger, with a sophisticated twist.
Similarly, to the lighter coloured illusion, you’re not limited when it comes to options when choosing a darker shade.
So when it comes to colours, room sizes and the overall look and feel can be affected by the colour of the flooring you opt for. Knowing the tone you want to set in your room before buying your flooring is important so you know how to work with the size of your space.
The next consideration when it comes to choosing the right colour flooring for you, will spark some discussions in your home. Lighting!
Lighting is another factor that can affect your decision when it comes to choosing the colour of your floor. Both natural and artificial light will play a part in the overall appearance of your installation.
With natural light, this is something that changes throughout the day as the sun moves across the day, allowing different amounts of light in throughout the day.
Ensuring you have ordered samples and laying them out where you plan to install your flooring is a great way of getting a true representation of what your flooring will look like throughout the course of the day as the sun moves around your home.
This will allow you to determine whether the shades and tones the light pulls out in your flooring is something you would be happy with once installed.
The same consideration should be taken for artificial lighting. On a night when you are relaxing with your family with the lamps on, this again will alter the appearance of your flooring.
Placing your samples in this setting too will give you the most realistic view of how it will look once installed.
Next on the list of design tips to take into account when choosing the colour of your floor is the décor you plan on filling your room with.
Furniture, accessories and colour schemes are all great ways of judging what shade of floor will best suit your space.
Ordering samples and holding these against your furniture, or making a mood board using images, tones, colours and textures that will be in your space is a great way to get a feel for how the finished overall look will pan out.
Top Tip: If accenting specific pieces is something you’re looking to do, then neutral tones will definitely do the job.
If you’re replacing your floor in a room that already has the furniture you’re planning on replacing, room visualisers are a great tool to use. These are a modern way of giving you a realistic perspective of different floorings once installed into your space, available on lots of flooring sites.
All you have to do is take a picture of the space you’re expecting to install your floor. Then upload this to the site and choose the flooring you wish to see in your space. Innovative, we know!
Hopefully this blog has offered some handy tips and tricks to choosing the perfect colour floor for your space judging different factors you may not usually think to consider.
These factors allow you to go the extra mile in making sure you’re overly confident in your decision. If you have any more questions regarding choosing the right colour flooring, get in touch with one of our flooring experts today.