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How to Match Your Wood Floors to Wood Furniture

How to Match Your Wood Floors to Wood Furniture

How to Match Your Wood Floors to Wood Furniture

It’s no secret that hardwood floors are classic and timeless, and many people dream about installing them in their homes. Once you have hardwood floors, you may wonder how to match wood furniture with your new flooring.

To help your wood furniture and wood floors complement each other, you must choose a mix of wood tones. While matching the shades too closely can create an impersonal environment, using too many different wood colors can make the room seem chaotic. Achieving the perfect combination is your goal.

Below, we go over every step you can take to effectively match your wood furniture with your wood floors.

Analyzing the Characteristics of Your Floor

Wood flooring is durable and creates an elegant atmosphere. Best of all, it pairs well with any decorating and architectural style, making it suitable for virtually any home.

Hardwood flooring is available in many types and stains to suit your tastes. Before purchasing furniture, take a closer look at the characteristics of your wood flooring.

1. Undertone and Mass Tone

Undertone and mass tone are elements of your wood flooring’s color. The mass tone is the color you see on the floors, and the undertone is the subtle coloring that affects the final look of the wood. You can see the wood’s undertone upon closer inspection.

Undertones can be:

  • Warm: These are warm colors, such as red, yellow and orange.
  • Neutral: Neutral undertones give hardwood floors a beige appearance.
  • Cool: Undertones that are cool make the flooring look gray.

Matching your furniture to the undertones of your flooring creates a smooth, cohesive look throughout the room.

2. Wood Type

Even if the flooring is stained, the wood’s type affects how it looks and its quality and durability. Some of the most common types of wood are:

  • Cherry: American cherry has a warm color tone and medium density. Brazilian cherry is darker and redder than American cherry.
  • Maple: Maple wood produces natural, light tones. Its golden color variations and grain patterns make maple a neutral flooring that matches any interior style.
  • Walnut: Often installed in large, expansive rooms, walnut is dark and rich. The flooring can be a wide range of shades and colors.
  • Hickory: Hickory is vintage and rustic. Most hickory floors are light brown or golden.
  • Oak: Oak floors come from white oak or red oak trees. As you can imagine, red oak has warm tones, while white oak is light or dark.

3. Grain and Stain

You can match the grain or stain of your floors and furniture. All hardwood floors have a unique wood grain. The wood grain is like a fingerprint, so each plank is different. Wood grains go in the same direction throughout the room, so you want to choose wood furniture with a similar grain pattern. Too many prominent grains stand out.

Identify whether the grain of your floor is:

  • Open: These grain patterns occur in woods like pine, ash, oak and elm. They often look coarse and have large pores.
  • Closed: Closed grain patterns have smaller pores, so lines and markings are minimal. Woods like cherry, birch and hickory typically have this pattern.

Another aspect of flooring is its stain, which changes the color of the original wood. You can match the furniture and wood by choosing furniture with similar stains to that of your flooring.

4. Other Colors in the Room

All the colors in a room work together to establish its style and appearance. These include the colors you use for:

  • Walls
  • Decorations
  • Accents
  • Rugs
  • Curtains

The colors you choose to decorate your space can blend your furniture and floors. For example, when you use various wood finishes, a neutral color scheme can tie the different tones together.

Pairing Different Wood Tones

Pairing Different Wood Tones

Matched furniture and flooring make a room appear too perfect to the point where the space loses its personality. Mixing different tones can add depth and make a space more pleasing. By pairing various wood tones in your furniture and flooring, you can achieve a space that feels like home.

1. Dark Furniture With Light Wood Floors

Contrasting the colors is one of the easiest ways to match your furniture and flooring. Light floors make a room seem breezy and spacious. When you add dark furniture, it offsets some of the airiness. Choose a contrast that isn’t too dark — one or two shades deeper for your furniture is enough.

2. Dark Furniture With Dark Wood Floors

Dark furniture with dark floors is classy and stylish — but only when you offset the furniture so there’s variation in the room. One way you can do this is with furniture a few shades lighter than the floor. Another option is to add lighter or two-toned furniture pieces.

3. Light Furniture With Light Wood Floors

Light floors with a neutral undertone give you plenty of creative freedom. To pair light furniture with light floors, choose different wood shades. If your floor’s undertone isn’t neutral, choose furniture with a similar undertone.

4. Light Furniture With Dark Wood Floors

Pairing light furniture with dark wood floors makes it clear you aren’t trying to match the finishes — dark floors draw attention to light furniture. Therefore, you want to choose furniture that’s only a few shades lighter than the floors.

3 Tips for Matching Wood Flooring to Wood Furniture

Here are three tips for matching your flooring and furniture:

1. Avoid Matching Wood Tones

You must avoid matching wood tones even if you want to pair dark furniture with dark wood. Opt for furniture that’s a few shades lighter or darker than the flooring. By doing this, you ensure your furniture complements your flooring.

2. Create Visual Separation

To prevent the furniture and wood from seeming like they merge together, use a visual separator like a rug or non-wood furniture piece, such as a glass coffee table. Visual separators divide the two kinds of wood, so you can appreciate each singularly. Some visual separators you can use are:

  • Candles
  • Pillows
  • Plants
  • Flowers
  • Mirrors
  • Accents

3. Limit the Number of Finishes

Too many different finishes make an area appear mismatched and scattered. A good rule is to only use two or three different finishes in smaller areas and up to four in larger ones. Choose one finish as the primary, which is generally your floor’s finish. The other finishes you choose need to complement the flooring. Repeat your color choices throughout the space to bring everything together.

Find Your Perfect Hardwood Flooring With Metro Flooring Contractors

Find Your Perfect Hardwood Flooring With Metro Flooring Contractors

Metro Flooring Contractors provides brand-name hardwood flooring options for less. We’re a licensed, bonded and insured flooring company servicing Maryland, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, Delaware and parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Our professional installers have the skills and experience to install your floors the next day.

Browse our hardwood floors today, or contact us to schedule an in-home appointment and receive a free estimate.