Statement walls have been around for a while for one simple reason – they work. They create an eye-catching feature in the room that draws attention to it and is used to tie together the whole scheme of the space. But it can be a bit tricky to match up flooring with your statement walls. So here are some approaches to help.
The 60-30-10 rule
This is a basic rule that interior designers use as a guide to choosing colours in a room. Using this idea, 60% of the room should be the primary colour and 30% should be the secondary colour. The remaining 10% should be for an accent colour. So, for this example, the main colour would be a strong shade selected for the carpet and the secondary colour for the walls with the accent colour being the feature wall and a few accessories.
Another way to choose flooring colours is to create a flow from the feature wall. This doesn’t have the mean a plain carpet in the same colour either. You could have a plain painted wall and then find a striped carpet that has the same colour as one of the stripes. This would create a flow from the walls to the flooring.
Complimenting wood flooring
If you want wood flooring or laminate rather than carpet, then it is an idea to look at complimentary floor shades to the wall colour. Different shades of wood have different complimenting shades.
Take cherry hardwood, for example. It is a relatively dark wood and works well when you have pale walls. But it also works very well with green so if you have a green feature wall, this type of wood flooring would make a great match for it. Terracotta or red shades also work with this tone because these naturally compliment the shade of the wood.
Dark hardwood floors work well with neutral or grey shades for the feature wall and around the room. The key with dark floors is to make sure the room gets enough light naturally otherwise it can make it seem a bit dingy. So, a lighter feature wall colour can be a good idea for this shade of flooring unless your room has a lot of natural light.
Oak comes in different shades and the underlying shade will help you choose what kind of scheme it will work with. Red oak will work with warm tones such as apricot, yellow or reds. Blues also work well with red oak floors. White oak, on the other hand, works best with pastel shades rather than bolder colours with its charcoal undertones.
See what works in your room
Above all, the important thing is to look at what works in your room. Feature wall colours look great in the tin but can seem completely different in your room. That’s why it is worth testing the wall paint first to make sure it works then look at the flooring options once you are sure the feature colour is the right one.
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