04 Feb 2019

How to choose the best flooring colour for your self-build

No matter where you are installing a floor, the colour is an important consideration. The wrong choice can create disastrous results making the room look unsightly.

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If you are confused about choosing the right floor colour, here are some tips to help you navigate through the decision-making process smoothly.

Want to open up space? Go for lighter shades

The right floor shade can help make small rooms look bigger. That’s exactly what lighter shades and natural colours can do. When you want to make a small space appear larger, go for lighter shades like light oak and beige. This way, your space will not look cramped and crowded.

On the other hand, if you want to make a larger space appear smaller and cosy, do the opposite; go for darker shades like walnut.

Have a lighter decor? Choose darker tones

If the wall and furniture in the room are of lighter shades, choose a floor in darker tones. This will brighten up the entire room beautifully.

Darker floors come alive amidst lighter surroundings. Without the lighter shade to complement the darker floor, you’ll have a room that’s completely dark and unwelcoming.

Have tons of sunlight pouring in? Try lighter floors

Lighter floors do not enliven rooms on their own. Left on their own without matching decor, these floors can create a dull and boring room. But, in the presence of plenty of sunlight, they can turn a room into a bright, lively and stunning space.

If your space does not receive enough sunlight, you can still choose a darker shade with the help of several light fixtures. By using several bright bulbs all around the room, you can set off your floor colour beautifully.

For heavy traffic, choose lighter floors

Lighter floors serve as a great cover for stains, scratches and dents. Such imperfections show more readily on darker floors. So, if the floor is going to see heavy traffic or is going to be used in households with active pets and children, opt for a lighter floor colour.

However, if you want darker shades and are worried about marks showing up, go for dark floors with great texture and detailing, or hand-scraping and grain effects. Such effects hide imperfections beautifully while allowing you to enjoy your favourite shade.

When it comes to choosing a floor colour, compromise is the key. Balance your love for a specific shade of floor with the right decor, lighting and floor texture. There are an abundance of different flooring colours to choose from, so you’re bound to find the perfect match for your self-build style.

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