Dark wood floors are undeniably on trend at the moment, offering a chic and bold look. Their rich colour can bring a great amount of warmth and class to your home and are perfect for modern properties. However, their gorgeous looks are sometimes avoided for fear of darkening a room and making it appear smaller than it really is. While these can be legitimate concerns, there are lots of ways of ensuring this doesn’t happen and instead create a stunning, clean look.

Light Walls

A great way of making sure your dark floor doesn’t drain a room is by using white or lighter wall colours. This will offset your floors nicely to give you that balance of light and dark. As well as this, the darker floor will reflect the light walls and bring just a little bit of the light bounce needed in a room. If you don’t want quite a striking look with your walls, instead pick shades within the same colour palette of your floor but a few shades lighter. This will keep that harmonious colour mix but with a softer and more gentle blend.


Dark floors are a bold choice and should be fully embraced within the room. To create some fluidity, it is a good idea to try and match the legs of your furniture to your darker floor. This creates a seamless look between the floor and the furniture and can help to further that sophisticated aesthetic. You don’t have to use contrasting colours with dark floors but if you are planning to match your furniture legs to the floor, it is recommended to use a lighter colour on the walls as this will help to maintain that before mentioned balance.


If the monochromatic look isn’t for you and your desperately crave colour in your home, there are surefire ways of combining this with darker floors. With dark wood floors, colour is everything. The darker floor posses a deep colour that works wonderfully with similar pigmented colours. Once you have a colour of choice, use this colour with a combination of patterned textiles for a homely look. A rug will help to break up the darker colour and they are also a great way of adding dimension to a darker floor. This ultimately allows you to work with accent colours within a room including accessories, cushions and other furniture pieces.

Neutral Palette

As previously mentioned, white isn’t your only option when it comes to dark floors. A great way of creating a professionally layered room is by working with a neutral palette. For example, varying hues of browns and beiges with mixed materials such as leather or velvet can create a shabby chic look that is very much popular at the moment.

Dark floors give your home a more expensive look and will add value when you’re looking to sell on. But more than this, they give your house a rich, warm look with an incredibly stylish edge. The best species for a dark wood floor would be either walnut or a oak in dark shades of coffee, whiskey or chocolate.

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