We’ve already talked about the trendiness of the Scandinavian aesthetic on this blog. A big component of this style is light-colored floors. They offer a simple, yet sophisticated canvas for a décor that’s airy, natural and warm. Whether your hard surface flooring is blonde, whitewashed or light grey, it will help give a cool vibe to your home. Get inspired by the following ideas to create a décor you will like.
First and foremost, wisely choose your wall color. Engineered hardwood floorings vary in tone, depending on the wood species, stain and finish. Figuring out if your flooring is tinted with warm or cool undertones is a great place to start. You will then be able to pick a paint color that has the same undertone in order to avoid a faux pas. Usually, warm colors include red, orange and yellow undertones while cool colors’ are rather grey, blue or taupe. Moreover, a light-colored flooring is easier to coordinate with darker walls. You can either go for dimension and structure with dark walls or for calmness and nature with pale walls. It’s really up to you! In the picture shown below, the Barn Board style of Beaulieu’s engineered hardwood flooring was paired with a crisp white wall to create a calm and luminous baby room.
Light-colored floors and neutral wall colors are a great starting point to add texture to your décor. Cushions, throws and carpets will help warm up and personalize your space. To stay consistent with the Nordic-inspired look, choose natural textiles such as wool, cotton, linen or leather. If you want to create a more modern style, opt for fabrics with a sheen, geometric patterns and bold colors. The living room showcased here combines Beaulieu’s Clean Approach blonde engineered hardwood flooring with white walls and is a great example of how accessories can cozy up a place.
Choosing a light-colored engineered hardwood flooring and keeping your walls neutral will help your rooms feel bigger and brighter. On the other hand, light-colored floors and walls, bare windows, uncluttered space and functional furniture might make a home seem cold. To counter this, use colorful accessories. Bright cushions, a patterned sofa or a vivid painting are all interesting options. The color accents in this picture bring warmth to Beaulieu’s Mountain Mist engineered hardwood flooring.
Another perk of light-colored floorings is that they leave all the space for your statement furniture. According to Houzz: “When you have a piece of furniture you want to spotlight, light floors and neutral walls are the perfect canvas. Go for shapes and colors that don’t blend into the background.” This master bedroom is the perfect example of this trend. The majestic upholstered headboard is framed by beige walls and River’s Edge engineered hardwood flooring from Beaulieu.
Finally, light-colored floorings also have the benefits of showing less dirt than dark-colored ones. All floorings eventually dent and scratch, but we tend to see the scratches more on dark-colored ones. The primary reason for this is that most wood species are naturally light-colored and if you scratch through the dark-colored stain, it shows the contrast between the stain and the natural wood. In the end, light-colored floorings are a great option for active families and households with pets, in addition to being very trendy.
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