If you are lucky enough to have a home that has hardwood flooring, you should know that there are so many ways to decorate the space and make it look beautiful. These days, hardwood flooring are becoming more and more uncommon, especially in rental properties where management will opt for laminate flooring instead. Hardwood floors are expensive to install new and not all buildings are lucky enough to have the original hardwood flooring, whether hidden under carpet or otherwise. So, if you are one of the lucky people with hardwood flooring in your home, you should make sure you capitalize on its beauty and style.
The first thing you should do when decorating a room with hardwood floors is to assess the condition and color of the hardwood to give you inspiration for the kind of look you want. If the floors are a shiny, walnut or maple, for example, you will probably notice a lot of warm or golden tones. These are great tones to play up in your decorating and look great against warm earthy tones such as olive, mustard, pumpkin, rust and rich chocolate browns. Warm-toned wood flooring also pairs well with a Tuscan style of decor and will pop against the contrast of wrought iron or a similar material.
If your floors have more of a raw wood feel like reclaimed pine or beach wood, it can look beautiful to play up this natural vibe. For the cool tones of beach wood, subtle nautical accents are popular or at least a color palette of whites, taupes, cool grays and marine tones such as light tan, pale blue and deep turquoise. Light, reclaimed pine looks fantastic against the lush green of plants. If you have windows in the space that offer a lot of natural sunlight, play this up by putting live plants into the room to bring a bit more of the outside, in. Reclaimed pine flooring can also look great against a small, patterned carpet. Designs with Southwestern or geometrical prints are a popular choice.
If your floors boast a deep, dark espresso stain that gives them an almost black quality, modern design is the way to go. Play up the richness of the flooring by adding deep-toned leather furniture, sleek metal or even glass. Clean, sharp lines will look incredible here and give the sense of an expensive space. Minimalist design and decor pairs well with this kind of flooring and offers a perfect opportunity to include structural custom blinds in the space.
As you can see, hardwood floors do not always have to feel like a log cabin or make a space feel cold because of the lack of carpet. In fact, you can play up the hardwood flooring in a lot of different ways to really hone in on a design personality for the room. Hardwood offers a lot of texture and visual interest to a room, plus, you have the added bonus of never having to vacuum, which can be a nice thing to take off the list of chores.
Hardwood flooring is extremely versatile and if you follow some of the above design tips, you will find a way to best complement the hardwood flooring in your home.