Which Wall Colors Look Great with Dark Hardwood Flooring?

Cortney Lindquist

Hardwood floors have been a staple of high-end and high-quality floors across America for a long time, and dark hardwood floors have proven to be most-beautiful among them—evoking the high-end look many homeowners crave.

However, as important as flooring is, your interior design isn’t all about the floors in your home. You can't worry solely about flooring and then feel confident you've done a great job. It's necessary to improve several other parts of your house for dark hardwood floors to be as pleasing to the eye as possible.

With that in mind, we wanted to explain which colors on your walls look great with dark hardwood floors.

Light vs. Dark Matters for Hardwood Floors

Combining wall and flooring colors is often very subjective. If you were to ask several interior designers, all of them would likely give you a slightly different answer. However, there are a few things that most designers will agree on, especially when it comes to something as fundamental as light and dark colors.

In general, if you have dark hardwood floors, the best thing you can do with your wall color is to opt for something lighter. It’s vital to add contrast to your room if you want each part of it to stick out from the rest. If you were to use similar shades, they'd just blend in with each other. And you don’t want your elegant hardwood floors to not get noticed.

You have many wall colors that you can choose to create a nice contrast:


You can choose several cool white shades for your walls. They have a modern look that appeals to many.

Light Gray

Rather than pure white, you can always go for a light gray that has undertones of beige, blue, green, or taupe. It has a similar aesthetic and can add some undertones that you can match to furniture, wall hangings, and other interior-design elements.

Very Light Blue

Lighter blue walls go great with dark hardwood floors. However, we can't state enough how important it is for the lighter blue to be truly lighter.

Subtle Green

Just as blue can work with dark hardwood floors, so can green. However, greens need to be very subtle as well.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to pairing dark hardwood floors and walls, usually the best thing you can do is to paint the walls with lighter and cooler colors that are almost opposite to the flooring color but don’t conflict. By doing that, you will always manage to make the room and the magnificent hardwood floors have the “wow factor” everyone wants.

You can see what we mean at our showroom.

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