Dark wood floors can be incredibly chic and sophisticated, bringing richness and polish to a space. But when paired with the wrong furnishings and colors, those floors run the risk of making the space feel dark and heavy. If you’ve been wondering what to put with your dark floors to bring out their best features, try these ideas.
White walls and light wood furniture. For the most harmonious look, choose wood furniture that matches the warmth of your floors but is a few shades lighter.
Match furniture legs to the floors. You don’t always need contrast where dark floors are concerned — matching wood furniture as closely as possible to the color of your floors is a simple way to make your space feel elegant and put together.
Mixed woods and white. Echo the natural variety of trees in a forest with an organic look.
Rich wall color and kilim rug. If you crave color, choose a hue you love in a rich, pigmented shade and paint the walls or the back of a bookcase with it. Echo the color in a patterned kilim or other flat-weave rug.
Dark rug, light walls. A patterned rug in a dark pattern will make your room look richer and more interesting without calling too much attention to itself.
Marble, white, bronze and wood. Dark wood floors in the kitchen can be very chic. Keep the overall effect elegant and light by balancing the dark floors with white cabinetry and walls, warm bronze metals and wood accents just a few shades lighter than the floors.
Bright hue plus white. The key is to balance a big splash of color with plenty of white, and keep other colors to a minimum.
“Muddied” hues and layered textures. For a sophisticated urban look, try mixing a range of textures like leather, hide and velvet in soft, muddied hues— think gray, ‘greige,’ taupe and sage.