Most people assume that in an empty room the colour of their floors will guide them in choosing the perfect paint colour. But that can leave you feeling lost. Let’s clear up the confusion with a few go-to paint colours and the extra step need to do if you have grey floors.
It feels like everyone on the planet either has hardwood or LVP (Luxury Vinyl Plank) flooring, and for good reason. It’s cleaner and just as economical as carpet, making these types of flooring very popular.
And that makes this burning question from my followers more common than ever. Maybe you’re looking around your house and wondering the same thing?
“What’s the best wall colour to work with my (insert colour here) flooring?”
Looking for inspiration in an empty room
When I was a new decorator, most homes were full of honey oak or fir wood tones. Back in the day, when I was running around from house to house doing colour consultations ofent I would be in an empty house. So when I was faced with orange wood floors with no other inspiration, I simple chose an orange beige paint colour.
When the room is empty, we look at the thing that has colour in it and that’s usually the hardwood/LVP floors.
Fast forward through thousands of colour consultations later. And I now know better.
And I have posted about which floors are bossy and which floors are as versatile as jeans here. However let’s start with what to do with the biggest flooring trend out there and that is grey LVP.
Choosing a Wall Colour for Grey LVP Floors
If you have grey LVP and you want a neutral. It does work better if you choose a neutral that relates to your floors because grey floors are not as versatile as flooring that looks like wood.
Here’s an example of blue grey walls that don’t work at all with the much warmer yellow/taupe floors.
What would make this entry of the black and white trend in 2023 is the walls would be stark white and the railings would be black.
However, look again at the floors and you’ll notice there’s a much warmer creamy/yellow shade in them. That’s why a warmer complex cream would be better because grey floors are typically a lot less versatile than floors that are the colour of real wood.
The colour of real, natural wood is like denim… why? Because it goes with everything.
Same with this entryway floor. Again the wall colour could have worked better with the floors.
Because the closer the neutrals are in value the more they try to relate. And if they don’t, it looks like you tried to match them and you failed.
This image is a great example that shows that you have to work with the undertone of grey floors if you have them.
The walls on the left side of this room are concrete. And what’s the undertone of concrete?
When you compare them to the floors what colours do you see?
Can you see the violet grey and taupe in the room?
Now, take a look with the help of the neutral colour wheel. It becomes more clear, right?
Here’s what this means. If you identify your floors as violet grey and taupe, then you need to decorate around them.
A violet grey greige or taupe greige paint colour would be the best choice for the walls here. You can download my curated paint colour list here.
Colour Rescue: Which paint colour goes with my wood floors?
But if all this hurts your head, here are the two best colours to consider if you’re starting with a blank slate: