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Choosing between light or dark flooring


How to choose the right floor colour?

Interior decorators and architects study long and hard to master the art of colour matching. So, don’t feel inadequate if you are baffled by the endless possibilities. However, Quick-Step is happy to offer you a few basic tips.

Tip 1: Think about the room size

No matter how big or small the room is, the colour of your floor will always have a major impact on the feeling of space you get in a room. Is your room large and wide? Then you might want to consider using warm or dark tones, like our walnut dark wooden flooring. These colours tend to make large rooms seem smaller, what makes them a lot more cozy.

And the best part is, this effect also works in the other direction. If you are cramped for space in a tiny room, using the right colours can make all the difference. Try using lighter, natural floor colours like beiges or light oak. These shades have the ability to really open up a room, without you having to throw out half of your furniture.

Light laminate flooring in small bathroom

Tip 2: Use the light

Throughout the day, the lighting in your room changes gradually. Judging a floor sample colour at night, in artificial light, will give you a very different impression than during mid-afternoon in the natural sunlight. So make sure you judge the samples at different times of the day, with different lighting.

Take a second to think about what kind of light you want for your new floor. A kitchen you walk in and out all day long, a bedroom that’s night-only or a children’s play room that they only use in the afternoon… every room type has its own unique lighting. 

Black laminate flooring in white bedroom
Dark laminate flooring in dark bedroom

Tip 3: The effect of colours

The way you decorate and the colours you choose for your floor and walls, will all have a huge impact on the atmosphere in the room. Light colours will give the space a sunnier, happier feel. Shades of yellow stand for optimism and fun, while white and light beige flooring will give the room a sense of openness and purity.

Want to keep your interior peaceful and cool? Then go for timeless grey tones. An interior dominated by brown colours, will have a very natural and rustic feel, while black stands for luxury and class. A black floor also gives the room a powerful and dramatic edge, full of contrast. Want to find out more about the effect of colours on the atmosphere in your room?

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Tip 4: Mind the bigger picture

Don’t choose your floor colour based on an empty room. Make sure it also matches the broader style and feel you want to give your interior. Do you have some design furniture that you want to emphasize? Then use natural colours, that will create a neutral canvas and allow your furniture to take center stage. Red tones bring a sense of luxury and go well with heavy, colonial furnishings. In general, brown tints are the best match for a country-style interior.

It’s always a good idea to take along some elements that represent your interior. A throw pillow, a paint chip or a cabinet wood sample from the room that’s getting a new floor, can be a great help to determine the right colour. Using these samples, will make your decision a lot easier.

Hardwood in the living room with dark interior

Want to see the full picture?

The Roomviewer is a great tool to get an impression of the effect your new floor colour will have. It allows you to virtually try out any floor in a fully decorated room. You can even upload a picture of your very own room for a super realistic effect.

Check out the RoomViewer

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