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Your Style Guide to Matching Furniture with Wood Flooring

Choosing a wooden floor is not as easy as picking the color and style that appeals to you visually, as there are many other considerations you need to take into account if you’re going to make your new wooden floor work with the space. With so many colors, so many finishes, and so many different styles to choose from, it can seem like a daunting task – now imagine having to find the ideal furniture piece to complement every area.

It can be a fun game, sure, but only if you know what you’re doing. Today, we’ll be tackling quite an intricate topic – matching wooden floors with the right furniture styles to elevate the aesthetic appeal of your home and accentuate your floors perfectly. Here are the tips you need to keep in mind.

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Mix and Match the Contrasts

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The first style “rule” you should know about is that contrasts do a wonderful job at accentuating the design of the entire room, they successfully break any monotony, and they make individual pieces stand out. Now this rule is not written in stone, you can always play around with various designs, and we will even explore complementary colors and textures later on. That said, mixing and matching contrasts is always a good idea if you’re unsure how to proceed.

Here are the essential points you should keep in mind about contrasts:

  • Light furniture upholstery and frame materials work wonderfully with dark wooden floors.
  • Likewise, dark furniture pieces such as a leather sofa would do a great job at taming a vibrant light wooden floor.
  • Strive to be consistent. If the floor is dark, then your furniture should be light and vivacious.
  • Trying to mix contrasts between similar pieces might not work out – like a light armchair and a dark leather sofa.
  • Use accents such as ornate pillows, blankets, and even faux sheepskin to make the contrasting furniture more interesting and give it its unique flair.

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Typically, you would want to mix and match the materials to make the space look and feel more vibrant and vivacious, as well as unique and interesting to the eye. Matching similar décor elements in a room (wooden furniture with wooden floors, for example) is a lot like trying to match a denim shirt with denim pants – it’s a gamble, but it can work if you do it right.

Now, regardless if you choose laminate floors, vinyl, or hardwood, it’s important to keep a few design tips in mind:

  • Furniture boasting a wooden frame should, typically, complement the color of your floor.
  • You can use the design of the upholstery as the contrast, but make a seamless transition with complementary hues when it comes to flooring and frames.
  • If you’re decorating your patio or any other outdoor living area, though, patio furniture should contrast a wooden deck. Light wooden furniture with dark wood, and dark wooden furniture with a light deck.

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Choose Timeless Textures and Designs

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There are times when you need to be extravagant with your décor choices, and there are times when you need to follow the established rules and design patterns in order to get the most out of your beautiful interior.

Be bold with your accents, but choose the furniture pieces such as the ones in the King Living catalogue that boast a timeless design that’s complemented with modern features that emphasize comfort and aesthetics. This way, you will ensure that the furniture fits the wood perfectly, but there are also a few key tips you should know:

  • Leather is one of those timeless materials that will work with any type of wooden floor.
  • You can also experiment with fabric furniture, such as a fabric bed frame in the bedroom, or on light wooden surfaces.
  • Make sure that the piece is modular and that you can easily move it around the room if need be – don’t risk scratching those beautiful floors.
  • Remember that a timeless piece could always use a timeless carpet or area rug to frame its design and that particular area of the room.

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Try Light Wood with Complementary Hues


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Neutral interior design is pretty big nowadays, so keep in mind that no matter the flooring solution you choose, you could always complement the color of the wood with furniture in a similar hue.

For example, combining a light wooden floor with an off-white or light grey sofa is an excellent way to create that highly sought-after Hygge look and feel that everyone is raving about nowadays. Add some potted greenery and a few accentuating fabrics, and you have yourself a neutral room that emanates light, positivity, and serenity.

When using complementary styles, remember the following:

  • Light furniture goes well with light wooden floors, but be careful with dark hues.
  • Combining dark furniture with dark wooden floors requires a careful touch, as you need to introduce light accents in other areas to break the monotony.
  • Always try to layer different neutral hues to add a dash of uniqueness to the room, so don’t be afraid to add off-whites and pastels into the mix.

There are many amazing flooring options nowadays, but there is just something about the timeless look and feel of wood. Let’s be honest, buying wooden floors is an investment, and you want to make sure that it pays off in the long run – so be sure to follow these tips in order to complement your beautiful new floor with the right furniture in every room.


About Lilly Miller

Lilly Miller

Lilly Miller is a Sydney-based graphic designer and a passionate writer. Loves everything about home decor, art history and baking. Shares home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney. You can find her on Twitter.

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Daniel Moretti
Daniel Moretti
February 15, 2021 9:19 pm

Do you know what material and stain the flooring is on the very top picture? (With the “HOME” sign on the wall?) Is it sold on this site? It’s beautiful and I want to get it for my home!

Last edited 1 year ago by Daniel Moretti
Chelsi Hewitt
February 17, 2021 3:53 pm
Reply to  Daniel Moretti

Hi Daniel!

Thanks so much for your question. Unfortunately, that engineered wood has been discontinued recently. However, this Johnson Hardwood Toscana Hickory Engineered Wood has a similar dark stain with high variation, so it’s a very close match. You can always order a free sample to see if it’s exactly what you’re looking for.

You can also browse our full selection of engineered wood to get more design inspiration.

I hope this helps! Please feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.

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