Tips for Choosing Your Colours
There’s no hard and fast rule of what type of floor colours go with different paint schemes – it all comes down to the look you’re trying to achieve and the colours you like. Think about how long you want your look to be in style and whether you like warm engergising colours or cooler relaxing colours.
Warm and Cool Colours
The colour wheel can be divided into two categories:
1. Warm colours are energetic and enlivening
2. Cool colours give the feeling of calmness and relaxation
White, black and grey are considered neutral.
Creating Moods With Colour
Reds and Oranges
Represent power, they raise energy levels and come from the colours of heat. They give warmth, and are invigorating and strong.
Is a colour that floats – like sunshine it is a compelling colour but one to watch as if used incorrectly it can appear sickening. It can be cheery, energizing and uplifting. Just remember to think of nature where they are muted and softened, muddied and dirty, not synthetic man-made colour.
Blues and Purples
Symbolise serenity; calmness and relaxation. Sky blues immediately evoke wide open spaces. Soft duck egg blues offer tranquility and peacefulness. This is a great colour for bedrooms and bathrooms. Darker blues can often evoke the feeling of sadness – this is not a good main colour but rich and inviting when used as an accent.
Is the natural neutral it incorporates both the cooling agents of blue and the heat of yellow and offers a freshness that the other colours can’t give. It is the most restful colour for the eye. It is suited for any room of the home, as its calming, warm and relaxing properties relieve stress and help us relax.
Whites, Blacks and Greys
Are the decorators go to guide, they can be considered boring and flat but if used correctly they play on light and shadow, line and form rather than colour change. Just remember add colour as an accent to liven things up, subtract to calm things down.
Matching Your Floors to Your Wall Colours
If a look that will last the distance and not age or go out of style is important, it’s best to stick to neutral colours. And, this will let you continually change our your design style, furniture and accessories with ease.
– Natural wood looks or laminates without varnish or added colour – ashes and oaks will stand the test of time
– Plain vinyls and vinyl planks that replicate wood or stone
– Beige or grey carpets in neutral tones
– Plain coloured tiles
If you know what you love and your taste won’t change you can be daring in creating a bold look that reflects your style.
– Dark carpets create mood and drama
– Light wood-look laminate floors create the on trend nordic style
– Coloured carpets make a floor statement
– Patterned vinyls and tiles create an individual flavour
HOW COLOURS AFFECT SPACE
Often choosing between going light or dark is about the type of space your flooring will be in. Dark floors will create a sense of intimacy and ground large spacious rooms, whereas light floors will reflect the light and make a small room appear larger.
MAKE A SMALL ROOM LOOK BIGGER
– Opt for a light coloured floor
– A sheen or varnish will reflect light to create space
– Wood or laminate floors with a wide plank will create an illusion of a larger space
MAKE A BIG ROOM FEEL MORE COSY
– A dark textured carpet will add interest and fill up space
– Layer your floor up with rugs to create texture which will add body to the room
– Dark woods and laminates that are matte will absorb light so the room feels more enclosed and cosy