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’s 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 saxony
carpet in a rich shade.
If you’re choosing new flooring for a kitchen, you’ll need to take the colour of your cabinets and worktops into account, as well as the flooring. If your cabinets are dark wood, you’ll want to balance out the deeper tones with lighter softer hues. You could opt for a stone effect vinyl, or moisture-proof laminate wood effect floor. Dark cabinets work well with a light effect wood flooring. Contrast is always a winner.
Lighter coloured cabinets are easier to match, so if you’re after a modern, contemporary look, white cabinets work well with black and white tile effect flooring, and off-white and ivory cupboards will look fabulous with a pale, white-washed wood plank effect. What colour of kitchen flooring you pick can also be determined by the square footage, as lighter flooring such as white LVT
will make the space look much bigger and fresher.