3 Tips to complement your home
While it’s true that hardwood floors increase the value of your home, choosing the wrong color wood will most likely give you disappointing results. Here are some tips and tricks to help you choose the right color in the right place!
- Maintain the integrity of your home
If you’ve purchased a home without wood floors and you’re starting from scratch, you’ll be faced with the often difficult decision of choosing the color of your hardwood floors. If you’ve purchased a home that already has wood flooring, it’s usually best to continue the same wood type and color that exists throughout the home for consistency. If you dislike the color and want a change, it’s best to change the floors throughout, rather than have one room that doesn’t match the others.
- Test samples
Sequoia Ltd. will make samples of the color on the species of wood you’re interested in. That way, you can match them against your furnishings, cabinetry and décor to see what works best. Other things to consider when testing samples include the size of the room, the ceiling height, the color and texture of walls and furniture. For instance, if there’s a low ceiling in the room, you’ll want lighter colored walls and a light flooring color to open up the space.
How do you know which color samples complement your home—or a particular room in your home? To have a finished room that’s pleasing to the eye, remember, you want colors to contrast and complement each other, not match. For instance, if you have dark walls and a dark floor, you’ll create a gloomy place where nobody wants to be. If you have light kitchen cabinets, a light oak with a dark grain, you don’t need to select light floors. You could choose darker wood floors to enhance the cabinets and make them pop.
How should you test your samples? First, slide them next to the baseboards in the room, then take a step back to see how they appear against the walls and furnishings. Place the samples beside furniture. Some people even leave the room, then come back to view the samples to see what impression they give when they first enter. This is usually a good test to see how you’ll feel about the floor in a particular color.
Next, be sure to do your sample check during the daytime AND under artificial light at night. This will give you the best idea of how your wood color will look at all different times of day.
- Decide what look you’re going for
This is important because it affects which type of wood you choose. Golden browns, warm reds and other light stains make a room feel cozy and inviting, while cooler gray and white floors can make rooms appear more spacious. Darker wood also has a more contemporary look and feel, but not quite as warm. However, sometimes darker woods can bring out the warmth in other elements of your room. That’s why people often work with designers when they have trouble envisioning the finished product. When all is said and done, it depends on your own personal preference.
Are you going for a specific look? For a warm, beachy atmosphere, consider a solid oak that’s been whitewashed. Remember, it’s not about the color as much as having a beach-worn look to it. For a more real-looking, weather-beaten, oceanfront floor, there have to be different shades, tones and color variations in the flooring.
If you want a classic look, you can’t go wrong with traditional browns, such as walnut and chestnut stains. For chic artist studios, the modern dark and black tones are very popular. Lighter and medium stains of oak are perfect to enhance a writer’s office.
Keep in mind, many types of wood can achieve multiple looks. Wide plank stained wood floors are good for achieving a more rustic appearance. However, if you’re installing them in a more modern space, they can work amazingly well in complementing a contemporary décor.
Also, consider the purpose you want to achieve. If you’d like to hide any dents, scratches or dust, choose a natural-colored wood in a matte finish.
The bottom line? Your choice of flooring color depends on your personal style and the look you want to achieve. It’s also important to choose colors that will complement, not be an exact match, to your walls and furnishings.
Keep checking our blog for more great tips and secrets to choosing the floors that will make your home a showplace!
Sequoia Ltd. is the premier retailer and installer of wood flooring in Massachusetts. We’re dedicated to helping you make the best flooring choices for your home. Contact us today!