When people ask me for colour advice (at a dinner party or somewhere other than their home), they are always quick to describe the colour of their wood furniture or flooring.
Usually this is because they don’t have anything else they can use for colour inspiration, and they are probably quite sure that the colour of their wood should be considered.
The other day I even received an email asking about the undertones of hardwood flooring and if they are important in picking wall colours.
So here’s the skinny on wood colours:
So unless you are planning to install walnut flooring with your brown walls, or red if your floors are cherry, orange if you have fir or oak flooring; consider your wood stained furniture or flooring to be like denim. Generally, they go with everything!
Don’t do what I did in the beginning; I would be standing there (in an empty space) with the client, looking at me expectantly, (waiting for me to pull magic out of my fan deck) and what I did in those days? I matched the wall colours to the flooring.
Before the brown and grey trend came along, everything was maple, fir, or oak; yellow or orange. So I specified a lot of orange beige in those days because it worked well with orange undertoned floors.
A few months ago, one of my clients (from the very beginning of my colour consulting days) hired me to pick new colours and drapery, for her living room.
I cringed when I walked in and saw this colour (BM Boardwalk) because I remembered picking it because the only inspiration in the living room at the time was black, leather furniture!
The exception to this is when you have wood stained trim or walls. That’s when wall colours should coordinate. After all the colour is now vertical and you will constantly be comparing it visually. So don’t choose a pink beige (for example) to go with your honey maple kitchen cabinets!
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