Understanding Wood Tones

Wood Flooring 050520One of the most asked questions we receive is about mixing wood tones in a home. Many homeowners have concerns about adding some sort of wood flooring alongside their existing wood cabinets or furniture. It’s not uncommon to mix woods in a home and, when done with a little planning, it can look beautiful. Here are some steps we suggest homeowners take when it comes to choosing the finish for their new wood flooring.

Look at the Existing Elements in Your Home

If you’re putting new hardwood floors throughout your home, you’ll want to look at both furniture and cabinets. However, if you’re just putting the new flooring in your living room, just look at the furniture in that room. Don’t focus so much on the actual color but rather the tone. For example, cherry furniture has a warm tone. Any whitewashed and most antiqued items have a cool tone with white or grey. You’ll want your flooring to be the same tone as the other elements in the room or rooms.

Don’t Try to Match

If you try to match your wood flooring with the other elements in your home, neither will stand out. When the new flooring is going in your entire home, one place to start for inspiration of color is in the kitchen. If you have dark kitchen cabinets, consider lighter flooring and if you have light cabinets, dark flooring will make your cabinets pop.

When your new wood flooring is just in one room, there are a few ways to approach finding the right stain color. One is to think about how you want the room to feel. Remember warm tones can make a room feel more welcoming where cool tones can provide a relaxing feel. Another tactic is to look at the largest element in the room and use it as a base for your choice of flooring. If the dining room table is a light, warm oak, perhaps consider a walnut finish for your wood flooring to compliment it. The element you choose as inspiration for the flooring doesn’t have to be wood, but it should be something you plan on keeping as your wood flooring will last for many years without needing to be refinished or replaced.

Seer Flooring Can Help

As experienced flooring professionals, we help homeowners choose the right finish for their new floors every day. Whether you’re looking for new hardwood floors for your home, want engineered wood, or need to refinish your existing flooring, call us today at (727) 469-7963. We’ll provide you with a free in-home consultation and estimate for whatever project you have.

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