No matter where you are installing a floor, the colour of the floor is an important consideration.Here, we have advice on how to choose the right colour of floors for your rooms

Written by: Yarl Christie

Published on: April 30, 2018

How to Choose the Best Flooring Colour for Your Home

No matter where you are installing a floor, the colour of the floor is an important consideration. A beautiful floor colour is important when you want to achieve the desired effect. The wrong choice can create disastrous results making the room look unsightly.

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

Want to Open Up Space? Go for Flooring with Lighter Shades

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 Décor? Choose Darker Tones

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

Have a Lighter Décor? Choose Flooring with Darker Tones

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 turn the room dull and boring. But, in the presence of plenty of sunlight, they can turn a room bright, lively and stunning.

Choose Light Coloured Floors With Bright Rooms

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

Got Heavy Traffic or Very Active Kids? 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 kids, opt for a lighter floor colour. We have more information on the best type of flooring for pet owners here.

How to Choose the Right Colour of Flooring if you Have Pets

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.

Try out samples of flooring before purchasing. Light changes throughout the day, so can the way your floor looks. So, try the sample out at different times of the day to know if you will get the desired effect with the floor shade.

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About The Author

Yarl Christie

Yarl is the Managing Director of Stories Flooring. started his career in the flooring industry by becoming a floor fitter at the age of 18 (2004). Yarl finally decided to move with the times and set up an online flooring store (Flooring Yorkshire, 2018). He works closely with the business managers and resource team to source new products from wholesalers, which in turn brings down the sale price. This enables Stories Flooring to be one of the leading UK flooring retailers.