I get this question so much, it’s time to focus on it for a moment. A lot of people have this problem. Or should I say “problem”?
So here’s the question from a reader:
“Have you ever had to decorate around a maple floor? Yes, I have just moved into what was an elegant maple floors + maple wall-to-wall counters + dark granite countertop 1990s extravaganza. Since I don’t think I’m going to be able to stain maple darker [you can’t!], do you have any blogs that deal with flooring color – and what can and can’t be done when paired with this 1980s/90s yellowy wood obsession?”
Here’s my best advice: start decorating and shopping. You don’t need to match the floor unless you want to install a yellow/gold rug to blend in, and I probably wouldn’t recommend that, anyway. Having said that, you could still get away with a natural fiber rug in the same tones. Almost any colour will work on the walls.
Your floors are like denim. If you want to introduce greys, that’s fine. Nothing brings grey to life faster than yellow or orange.
And that’s it. Really. Replace yellow and orange maple floors with honey oak floors, and my answer is still the same.
If you have just moved into a new house and need to buy furniture, your flooring will not give you enough clues to help you.
I’m serious. Let me say it again so you’ll remember.
Your flooring is not your starting point.
It’s not friendly or chatty. It’s just hanging out and neutral for the most part. It will not help you choose your outfit for the day, never mind the colour of your sofa. ; ) ; )
No, it doesn’t feel current, and that’s because it’s not, but it doesn’t narrow down your options into a tiny box, either.
It’s a classic mistake to think your flooring will give you cues for colour. I did that as a new colour consultant. If you haven’t read that story, it’s at the bottom of this post I wrote ages ago.
Here are some lovely interiors with orange/yellow maple, honey oak, or fir floors.
Are the floors yellow or orange here? The focus is on the area rug and the beautifully decorated room. Here, the flooring colour doesn’t matter at all, and it certainly wasn’t used as the inspiration for this colour scheme.
And that’s the point. It’s why wood flooring is mostly like jeans. No one is looking to the wood flooring for a relationship to fabrics or paint colours.
So stop worrying about your floors and focus on finding SOMETHING ELSE that inspires you, like a piece of art, a throw pillow, or an area rug to help you create a colour scheme.
I find throw pillows are the best place to start. If you’d like some inspiration, check out my consultations board on Pinterest. If you scroll down, you’ll see all the combinations of pillows I’ve helped my clients coordinate!
Are you loving your yellow/orange floors now? Good. There’s nothing wrong with them.
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