7 Tips for Matching Hardwood Floors With Furniture


Choosing the right flooring for your home is important, but it’s not the only step. You then have to consider which colors and styles you want to go with. But even more importantly, your choice should complement your existing furniture so everything works in harmony. When it comes to hardwood flooring, this design consideration is even more important.

Your cabin-grade warm-toned hardwood, for example, should complement a surrounding cozy décor of plush rugs and stone fireplaces. Or, let’s say you go with a cool-toned wood, this makes the perfect basis for a modern, sleek design. Check out these top tips for matching hardwood floors with furniture.

1.  Think About Undertones

All hardwood floors have undertones of warm, cool, or neutral. This is why it’s important to match your décor to the wood so you can bring out the perfect undertones to complement your space. Warm tones include woods with orange, red or yellow colorings. You will be best off going with warm-toned furniture pieces in those same colors, i.e., red, yellow or orange furniture.

Cool tones include shades of gray, while neutral tones match both warm and cool shades. You can be quite versatile in matching undertones, though. Even if you have a lightly-colored floor featuring red undertones, this will still pair nicely with dark wood furniture featuring those same red tones.

2.  Go Rustic

Your hardwood flooring defines the room and serves as its foundation, influencing the aesthetics and function of everything in it. This is why you should design the room around the atmosphere created by your floor. You will achieve a comfortable, traditional look by incorporating warm-toned floors featuring visible grain patterns or unique markings.

You will achieve a warm and cozy look by offsetting bold textures with soft pieces. Either way, if you’re going for a homey, welcoming vibe, you can’t go wrong with rustic. This style puts people at ease while enveloping them in comfort.

3.     Try Modern and Metal

If rustic isn’t really you and you want a more modern look and feel, try engineered wood flooring in the latest designs to contrast nicely with your existing metal accents and furniture. The industrial vibe is very trendy right now, so pair your flooring with bronze, steel, or even distressed metals to infuse character.

In addition to metal, modern decor also works well with glass pieces.

4.     Create Contrast

Contrast is one of the basics of décor. Be sure to abide by its rules. Darker wood flooring tends to make lighter wood furniture stand out, while lighter wood floors contrast well with darker furniture pieces. If a room doesn’t have contrast, it appears monotonous and dull, causing smaller accents in the room to fade away. Texture is one big way to add contrast. Balance your smooth, polished wood floors with soft, round furniture, for instance.

5.  Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment

In the end, there are no rules when it comes to home decoration. You really have endless possibilities and should take this time to explore your creative side. Match wood tones in stylish ways by pairing neutral colors with bold ones when you can. Perhaps you can match the wooden legs of your table with the floor coloring. The legs and floor will blend, but the other materials in the piece will pop. It’s all about balance.

6.  Consider the Room’s Weight

In addition to considering the overall color scheme, you also have to consider the weight of the room. What do we mean by this? Well, let’s say you have lighter wood floors. Don’t cram large, heavy furniture pieces in there that will overpower the flooring. On the other side of the coin, if you have darker floors, these can overpower slimmer accents and pieces of furniture.

You’re best off pairing light floors with delicate pieces of furniture, while pairing dark woods with heavier pieces. Again, it’s all about balance.

7.  Add Smaller Pieces of Flair

If the room’s design is still missing that certain something, try to incorporate smaller pieces to add flair, such as decorative pillows, blankets or throw rugs. These are the things that add character to a room!

Contact Designer Wood Flooring

Still not sure how to match your hardwood floors with your furniture, or vice versa? Book a consultation and free quote with Designer Wood Flooring when you contact us at 830-228-4866. Our designers are happy to help.


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