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Our Advice For Styling Pale Floors in Your Home

From the lightest whites to the warmest caramels, TORLYS has a wide selection of light hardwood and laminate flooring that will open up any space and make your home feel brighter and lighter. While darker floors tend to be bold and dramatic, pale floors are contemporary, airy and artistic. Here are a few light-coloured flooring decorating tips to help you achieve the look and feel you want:

Pale Floors & Dramatic Walls

If you love the colour of your floor, consider painting your walls at least two shades darker or lighter. Doing this will make sure your walls don’t match your floors exactly but complement its colour instead. Did you know that the same paint colour will look different depending on the room? A room with a southern exposure will make a wall look brighter and lighter. A room with a northern exposure has walls that look darker and duller.

The great thing about light wooden floors is that you can use darker, dramatic paints for walls without causing the room to look small or enclosed. Don’t go too dark and keep your furniture light in colour. You can also create a seaside look with light blue paint and wooden furniture.

Wood This Work?

When selecting an accent colour for your pale floors, follow the feel of your floor. If your flooring has cool hues to it, select accents that are cooler. Blues, bright greens, purples and gray-greens are all considered cold colors. You can also bring in white furniture with blue undertones to create a very cool feeling and looking area.

Pale floors with warmer hues work well with warm colours such as soft white. These colours include golds, yellows, oranges, and reds. You can also make green a warmer colour by adding yellow to it. If you don’t match the feel of your floor and your accent colours, your light hardwood could actually make your walls look dull. To find out the true hue of your floor, put a clean white sheet of paper on it. Pure white will make the undertones of your floor pop.

Wood on Wood

If your existing accents and furniture are a different hue or grain of wood than the light hardwood floor you want, never fear, you can make it work. Wood with different finishes can go together, you should just follow these general guidelines.

Before you select your new hardwood floor, look at the wood in your home. What species is it? You should pick a floor that is in the same wood family to create a cohesive look. Light wood has a more modern feel than darker wood such as cherry. Keep the mood of the wood consistent and your room will come together.

When it comes to matching grain, here’s the rule: do or don’t! You should either include multiple grains of wood in your space or stick to one. Avoid having one area of the room with different grains of wood and the rest of the area featuring only one.

If you are combining wood finishes and grains, bring them together with one bold, distinctive accent colour. Splash this hue on walls and include it in accent pieces around the room to bring the space together!

If you’d like to bring pale floors into your home, visit your local TORLYS dealer to see what we have to offer. You can also browse our collections online and order samples to test TORLYS floors in your home.

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