Choosing the Perfect Timber Flooring Colour
Timber flooring is often associated with classic shades, such as natural browns, tans and mahoganies. This classic style has stood the test of time thanks to its ability to bring out the unique character in any home or building. Modern homeowners may be surprised to discover how many hues are available when it comes to timber floorboards. From golden hues to light tans, and from deep reds to rich chocolates, timber flooring can vary drastically depending on the hardwood species and manufacturing process used. In particular, engineered timber comes in a wide range of colours due to unique manufacturing and treatment processes.
The colour of flooring you choose for your home can have a huge impact on how it looks and feels. But how do you know which one is right for your home? Let’s explore the different shades available so that you can make an informed decision.
Why is flooring colour important?
Flooring is a significant factor in your home design, as it occupies such a vast area. The flooring choice you make is of utmost importance since its colour will be seen in large swaths throughout your home or commercial space. Choosing a shade that looks great and complements its surroundings has a huge impact on how inviting and comfortable your house feels.
An overall light colour palette can create a clean and airy feel. Opt for golden yellow shades in your flooring for a playful and unrestrained vibe. On the other hand, cooler tones like white or light beige exude openness and purity that can bring life to any living room. If you want something luxurious yet powerful, go with darker hues such as brown or black – perfect for creating a dramatic design!
How to choose your flooring colour
Think about the interior design style you are aspiring to and the aesthetic of existing features in the home. The colour of your wooden floors must complement and harmonise with the design scheme and existing colours. If you are redoing your floor and already have wall colours and furniture, choose a colour that will complement your existing style. Consider the colour and style of your walls and trims, cabinets, furniture, rugs, appliances and any other additions to the space. This does not mean that your floors have to be the same colour as your furnishings; if you have dark furniture, you may opt for a light colour floor to open up the space and create some contrast.
If you are building a new space, consider what you would like the finished project to look like. For instance, if you are going to have a bold statement piece of furniture in the room, you may wish to keep the floors a more subtle shade. But, if you want your floors to be the centrepiece, opt for a bold colour on your floors.
If you are installing flooring in the whole house, picking one colour of timber across the home is usually best. If you are choosing a flooring style that has two different timbers, for instance, a different colour border, follow that pattern throughout the house. Keeping your timber floor to no more than two colours ensures the finished product looks cohesive.
It’s valuable to look at factors like what the space will be used for and your lifestyle. Darker floors tend to show scratches more, whereas lighter floors can show dirt from shoes. It’s important to consider your pets too. For instance, if your furry family member is white and fluffy, very dark floors might not be the best choice – unless you love cleaning!
Timber Flooring Colours
For ease, we have consolidated flooring colours into groups. But in reality, timber and timber finishes come in a spectrum of colours. Variations in species, individual trees, treatment methods, and age can greatly affect timber colour. Your flooring might not fall strictly into one category, so use the below information as a guide and then find the right colour for you.
Cream and white timber flooring
Cream and white floors provide a bright, airy feel to any room. Light flooring is ideal for small spaces as it helps make the space look bigger and more open. Pale hues tend to create a feeling of spaciousness as they reflect more light than darker shades. White-washed or bleached timbers can also be used if you want a slightly weathered look.
White or off-white floors can be harder to keep clean. If this is a concern for you, choose a darker creamy colour. Cream hardwood floors are renowned for their warm, inviting yellow tones that provide the ideal base to let your interior design dreams come alive. The warm undertones also give striking furniture and decor pieces the chance to shine.
Lighter coloured floors are versatile and can be integrated into a range of design styles such as coastal, shabby chic, or ultra-modern.
Nature’s Oak Arctic White is a stunning choice!
Blonde and light tan timber flooring
A more traditional light timber flooring choice, light tans and blondes are unassuming floor colours that provide the perfect canvas for your interior design. Light-coloured flooring creates a feeling of openness and airiness in your home. Keep it interesting by choosing a timber species with a visible grain that will break up the space and add warmth and texture.
Pale floors provide the perfect foundation for a range of design styles, from Scandinavian to minimalist, allowing you to create your desired aesthetic easily. These floor colours tend to complement a variety of furniture colours. You have the freedom to choose between medium to dark shades of furniture that can pick up on the darker colours in the wood grain, or light furniture to create a bright, clean looking space.
We love Quick-Step’s Blackbutt engineered timber flooring from the Amato range!
Medium brown timber flooring
Medium timber floors are great if you’re looking for something that’s not too dark or too light. Tan, chestnut, caramel and natural brown timber floors offer a warmer feel in comparison to lighter flooring. Withstanding the test of time, wood floors that feature warm, earthy colours are an undeniable classic for homeowners. These versatile colours allow you to create a feeling of cosiness or elegance depending on your furniture and décor style. Medium brown flooring pairs well with earthy tones as it brings out the warmth in each colour.
As well as being traditionally elegant, this colour may be the easiest to maintain. The wood’s tones and grain will hide most day-to-day dirt and dust.
Smokey Peat from Preference Floor’s Elk Falls collection is an excellent pick!
Red-toned timber flooring
We’re not talking fire engine red here! Brown flooring with a red tone is warm and comforting. This makes it perfect for cooler climates and can lift a space with minimal furniture. Red-toned flooring can range from light to dark, but it’s often a rich middle brown with plenty of tonal variation. Distinctive and appealing, this flooring colour makes a bold statement. Whether your home is adorned with modern or traditional accents, you can achieve an inviting home that looks aesthetically pleasing and balanced.
When choosing a red-based tone for your floor, ensure it won’t clash with any wooden furniture in the room. Vibrant flooring colours can fade over time, so consider how your flooring will look in a few years and if it will still match your furniture. Balance out your red timbers with crisp white walls, and consider adding calming accent colours such as blues and greens to downplay its potency without compromising its beauty.
Pre-Finished Solid Timber Brazilian Cherry will make your home pop!
Grey timber flooring
Right now, grey wood floors are more sought-after than ever before. A wooden floor in a shade of grey, irrespective of the width of its planks, is an absolute stunner when combined with an array of colours like blue, pink, gold, brown or beige. The beauty of grey is that it offers an extensive range of shades to fit in seamlessly with any style, theme or individual taste. Light greys with cool undertones are perfect for a Scandi or contemporary aesthetic. Warmer, smoky greys are often darker and more natural, giving a soft or rustic feel.
Recently, grey flooring has seen a surge in popularity due to its capability of creating a tranquil and stylish atmosphere. It can also breathe new life into classic furniture pieces, giving them an updated look with the same timeless feel. If you opt for grey flooring, add some colour with your furnishings to make the room pop.
Preference Floor’s De Marque Parquetry engineered timber flooring in Ash Grey is one of the most elegant choices!
Dark and black timber flooring
Darker timber flooring colours add drama and sophistication to any room they’re in and can hide dirt better than lighter shades. If you want your space to feel cozy and inviting, then dark timber floors are definitely worth considering. Dark brown, chocolate or black timber floors make a real statement and are best used in a room that gets plenty of natural light to prevent the space from feeling dark and cramped. Using wide-plank flooring can help to counteract this effect.
Dark flooring has an unmatched elegance and depth. Finish off the room with some lighter accents to break up the space. For instance, a cream lounge with chocolate cushions looks excellent with a dark floor. Dark floors are perfect for a modern, stylish interior and also work well with Asian and Indian design styles.
For a more detailed look at dark timber flooring, check out our article – Dark Timber Flooring Tips and Ideas.
No matter what type of atmosphere you’re going for in your home—light and airy or cozy and inviting—you’re sure to find a perfect match among the many stunning timber flooring colours available at Back to Timber. With the right colour choice for your unique style preferences combined with our professional installation services, you can enjoy beautiful new floors in no time.