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DWROBERGE Posts: 372,787
11/20/12 8:57 P

neutral colors

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11/20/12 12:39 P

Think of nature. Brown (dirt) is the floor color and every color goes with it perfectly. I don't think you can really make a bad choice. Certain colors will draw out different things from the wood. Darker colors will make the floor seem to recede while blues will play up any orange tones in it. All in all, you can't go "wrong", so have fun with it.

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11/20/12 12:26 P

A warm cream... to lighten the room :)

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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11/20/12 12:05 P

KJ, the paint color from the bedroom was Dovetail 7018 and it was actually Sherwin Williams.

I like the idea of a cornflower blue. I've actually been tossing that idea around for my new bedroom. My floors in there are a natural wood color.

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11/20/12 9:31 A

Dependent upon the floor color, and shade: relatively darker through lighter . . . I'd put my money on the whites, actually off-whites, light yellows, the neutrals. ( Eggshell, mist, frosty, nuance, ibis, lily, moon, etc. )

I'd expect that the darker floors open-up the brighter colors and the greater variety of complimentary colors for the walls.

It actually just gets down to ones' personal tastes and discriminations. Whatever you most want.

Edited by: ARUSHING2 at: 11/20/2012 (09:37)
DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
11/20/12 8:54 A

KJ - if the floors are that dark, I would make the walls very neutral and then let the furniture and accessories "pop" with either color, a dramatic style or arrangement, or one focus piece that will draw the eye. I think a cool ivory or linen color would look good, with a bright white for any trim you might have. If the floor has a more warm tone to it, just pick a shade a little more on the warm side to keep the vibe going. I've seen rooms with dark floors and very dramatic colors that look very boxy and closed in, at least to my eyes--so unless your room is large enough to carry it, I'd opt for light on the walls.

My .02, for what it's worth emoticon

TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 5,292
11/20/12 6:02 A

with a dark color flooring. there are alot of wall colors to choose from....

11/20/12 5:57 A

@YOJULEZ: Totally LOVE the old bedroom color of those walls, I'm ~sold~ on that for my bedroom. If you can remember that Benjamin Moore color I'd totally appreciate it if you let me know.

I was thinking CornFlower Blue for my living room and a calm shade of green for my dining room.

I have yet to decide a color of the foyer and subsequently the stairs leading upstairs, I may just go with a dark beige....idk for sure.

1954MARG Posts: 243
11/20/12 5:34 A

Duck egg blue, primrose yellow, pale apple green, peach and cream.

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11/20/12 12:46 A

ONLINEASLOU, you're welcome! I love neutrals in general and I love mixing them together... it's funny when you look at my closet, lots of white, grey, and black, with a few pops of color... sort of like my decor!

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11/20/12 12:15 A


JEFFGIRL Posts: 11,272
11/20/12 12:08 A

I think beige colors would offset wood stained floors beautifully.

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11/19/12 11:40 P

Thanks for the photos, Yojulez. I enjoyed them. I love the light gray walls -- and I love them with the brown floors. I have seen that color combination of HGTV.

One of the new shirts I bought this summer (in a smaller size) is a combination of browns and grays and it turned out to be my favorite new item of the year. It didn't hurt that the shirt matched my hair well -- which is also brown, gray, and silver.

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11/19/12 10:52 P

Grey is not depressing, not if you do it up right. Here's another room from my old apartment... it looks a little bluish in the photo but it was more grey (Repose Gray, Sherwin Williams). Not a room I'd call depressing at all :)

DWROBERGE Posts: 372,787
11/19/12 10:23 P


I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
11/19/12 9:51 P

Grey? Grey is a depressing color, no way! I think coffee cream color could look good. Just like the color of coffee with creamer in it. Color really depends on your decor. Do you have a nice color you like in a throw pillow or a painting if so take that color and have fun with it.

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11/19/12 9:25 P

I think a pale, pale peach would look pretty with wooden floors.

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
11/19/12 8:51 P

What a nice surprise to find gorgeous woods under an ugly carpet!!

We have very light maple floors, almost creamy-white baseboards and a taupe-ish beige on the walls. I like a very light but not cold look and this works for us. When considering wall colors think about what's outside your windows, too. We have a LOT of grey weather, so I avoid grey on the walls, even though it can be a great neutral. If you enjoy better weather you probably have more leeway.

Your current combination sounds attractive as is but it's always fun to fantasize, too.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
11/19/12 8:00 P

i like earth tones with dark wood

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11/19/12 5:37 P

Ohhh my specialty. I went to school for interior design and worked (during the real estate boom) with builders/developers on designing their properties :)

With dark wood, assuming it's not a cherry (ie reddish), I love a grey wall color. But, it also depends what colors your other stuff are too. If it's mostly earthy tones, then doing a taupe color is a better idea. But if your style is a bit more modern and you have a lot of cool tones in your furniture, then grey is the way to go, in my opinion. In the end, there is no real "rule", it's all about what you like. Your light beige is probably fine.

This is a photo of one of my old projects. The color on the wall is Sherwin Williams Silverpointe.
The slightly bluish tone grey looks great with dark floors. The floors in this photo are an oak stained dark. This is my old bedroom:
Darker grey walls, it was a Benjamin Moore color but I don't remember off-hand, I'd have to go look in my files.

Here's my old living room, the color was there when I moved in but it's a beige color w/ the dark floors, and still looked nice:

I have lighter oak floors where I live now, but the walls are still white... I'm saving up for a painter to come, it's too big of a job for us to do by ourselves. I'll probably do a taupe color though, as the furniture (BF's) is brown.

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11/19/12 4:50 P

My walls are wight with my hardwood floors. (The white helps with my depression in the winter months). I think any neutral earth tone looks beautiful with hardwood floors.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
11/19/12 1:32 P

Our wood floors are kind of a medium color. In our living room and dining room our walls are painted a yellowish color... similar to Sherwin Williams paint color #6667 Afterglow. It goes well with the woods in the room as well as a variety of furniture colors.

I don't think there is a rule about what actual colors you should use when you have wood floors but if your floors are pretty dark a medium to lighter shade might look best.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
11/19/12 1:28 P

I don't own my floors :-). They are medium in color, kind of orangish (the word "gunstock" comes up when I search for what this color might be called). It's a very "warm" color of wood. They painted the walls kind of a greyish white, which is very "cool" in tone. It's very annoying when I notice it. There are plenty of neutral but warmer colors that would have gone much better with this wood. Of course my walls aren't mine to paint, either.

I think with very dark wood a light beige would be nice, but if you think it looks weird it could be because the wood is "warm" but the walls are "cool", or the reverse. I have seen dark wood floors that would look better with cooler-toned colors on the walls. Hard to know without seeing it in person.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
11/19/12 1:27 P

Eventually, I want ONE cranberry wall and the other to be a buttercream or a soft beige. My curtains are cranberry and buttercream. The walls...leave something to be desired. Then again, the floors are in desperate need of rebuffing and staining.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
11/19/12 1:02 P

Mine are a sandy taupe. the floor is engineered oak. With dark floors? I think the color that you mentioned is nice. I may do a focus wall in a deeper color.

11/19/12 12:25 P

I just pulled up the ugly bright red rugs on my floors and there's a beautiful dark wood floor underneath the rug.

Currently my living room walls are light beige but I'm wondering if there's some kind of H&G "code" to color of walls for a room with wood floors.

If you have wood floors what color is your wall?

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