8 Ways Colored Floors Can Boost Your Design

Deep colors add height, white creates calm, and warm hues spark energy. Learn more ways to use floor color to enhance your home.

Walls and trim are most often finished and maintained using paint, so they are the place where homeowners first see potential for personalizing their house with a new palette. But people often overlook their floors, the color of which can greatly influence your decor scheme. If you’re looking for a seismic shift in your interior design, or are just looking for smart ways to add height or create energy or calm, try one of these grounding color concepts.

Go Deep For More Height

Successful architectural design always takes human scale into consideration. We want to fit the proportions of our home. Color can help adjust the visual perception of the height of a space, especially in areas of the house not part of the original floor plan, like a sleeping loft under the eaves. Want to drop the floor? Take a cue from your favorite swimming hole and saturate the surface with dark blues or blue greens.

Use White To Quiet A Room

Visual distraction and clutter can take away from the calm you want in a room that will host music study, quiet contemplation or conversation. By selecting a white-finished floorboard, close in color to the walls, the perimeter of the room is diminished and the space opens up to present a feeling of stillness.

Let Unusual Colors Become Neutrals

In a small house, the floor is a good place to put saturated color. A hefty hue taken in from overhead is less dramatic than surrounding your peripheral vision with it.  Strong color on walls will appear to come forward and diminish the space. When flooring is stained or painted an unusual color and used throughout the home, as with the teal in a contemporary, it becomes a neutral. It may seem counterintuitive, but the more you use an unexpected color, the less out of the ordinary it becomes.

Add Energy With Warm Colors

A warm hue, like citron on the floor, can raise the temperature and energy in a room where you want a positive vibe. This kind of bold flooring installation paired with a classic white kitchen radiates heat rather than cold.

Anchor Vibrant Artwork With Bold Colors

Like a landscape to be taken in and enjoyed, a well-thought-out interior of color and form can enhance the enjoyment of life at home. And the perfect rug can add interest and easily pull a room together. Using the floor for a bold color statement is particularly effective in a “destination” room where you’ve arrived to enjoy artwork and fine furniture with friends and family. A one-of-a-kind rug design with outstanding hues can become a color counterpoint that keeps the living room lively but visually balanced.

Play With Patterns To Visually Expand A Room

Superimposing a large, organic pattern in white over a clear-coated hardwood floor can make a kitchen floor appear expansive. This bold use of contrast works best if the color palette is kept to a minimum to keep the design from overpowering the space and drawing all of the attention.  A diagonal checkerboard is another visual trick to open up the space and give the room breadth. Painted, stretched canvas is an old-time floor covering popular before linoleum, with many of the advantages. Heavy canvas can be stretched, tacked to the perimeter and then painted or fashioned into a rug.

Introduce Wallpaper And Paint To Highlight Architecture

Stair treads and risers are often overlooked as design elements. These can be wallpapered, painted in a rainbow of ascending color or pulled into the spotlight with saturated hues. The sweep of a simple handrail in an unexpected blue is enough to make a staircase a showstopper.

Use Soft, Bright Colors To Bounce Light Around

Pale yellow decking of a side entrance welcomes with a sunny glow. This happy porch idea, must be selected to complement the purple gray or brown of the home’s exterior wall color to provide the optimum warmth to linger and send some sunshine through to the interior from the windows all year long.