When it comes to choosing a colour for your floor, there are several things to consider How big is the room and how much light does it get? Dark floors may reduce the feeling of space in a smaller room, particularly if it is north facing, while lighter floors can be used to create a bright, airy interior.
Is the space a high-traffic area – a busy family kitchen or hallway – and does it have to cater for pets? Remember, lighter coloured laminates won’t show up scratches and marks as much as dark colours, but a dark carpet is a better option than a light shade in a busy home.
What style is your house – period, modern, minimalist, country? The flooring should fit with your design scheme and furniture but remember, flooring can also be used to give rooms a fresh new look. Choose geometric patterns to make an eye-catching statement in a hallway, lay light-coloured laminate for a fresh modern living room or cosy up a bedroom with a deep pile carpet in a rich shade.
If you’re choosing new flooring for a kitchen, you’ll need to take the colour of your cabinets into account. White cabinets can be matched with any flooring, but wood finishes will need to be complemented or contrasted with.
A dark floor colour makes a room feel cosy, but it may also make a small room feel cramped. Remember, the amount of light in the room will increase the feeling of space so you may have no problem with dark flooring in a south-facing sunny room with bright walls. However, for best results in a small space, consider light-coloured flooring and brightly painted walls. You can add pops of muted colour and cosy up the space with cushions and accessories in darker shades – try rich purple curtains in a bedroom or deep red cushions for a living room.
Pastel wall colours are very on trend right now and great for contemporary dining rooms. Match them with flooring in light wood shades.
Dark, warm-toned floor covering is a great way to make large rooms seem cosier and works particularly well in living rooms or bedrooms. You can add flashes of colour and liven up the look with brightly coloured rugs – rugs are also a great way to create a focal point in a bigger room.
Right now, the most popular laminate flooring colour is taken from a dark palette, tonal greys are particularly on trend. Vinyl and tiles in warm brown and red wood-effect tones are also very fashionable. Carpet in rich shades of purple and dark grey is very now for dressed-up living rooms and boudoir bedrooms.
Use a colour wheel to discover how colours relate to each other and work in a colour scheme. Monochromatic schemes use black and white or different tones of the same shade to create a very stylish look. Continue the theme in your flooring for best effects.
Complementary colours are found on the opposite sides of the colour wheel - blue and orange, red and green - and when used together, each colour appears brighter so use them to create a vibrant and energetic space. Offset this design scheme with a muted dark floor covering.
Contrasting colours sit close to each other on the wheel and create eye-catching appeal in a design scheme. Keep the look bright and airy with pale wood-effect flooring in creams or blondes.