The Tone of Timber Floors
What’s the colour and type of wood? Understanding something about natural tones is the first step toward completing your look.
Timber flooring shades typically fall into one of three categories:
The lighter shades of oak add a feeling of brightness and space. Your room looks larger, so you can afford to bring in darker, heavier furniture. Together, they’ll create a stylish contrast. A contemporary or minimalist look works well with light boards.
Ironbark creates a mottled texture with warm tones. It provides a rich backdrop for a chic room. Its warmth enhances any space while the variances in colour provide interest. Keep the furniture light and well-spaced to counterbalance the effect.
Dark boards are dramatic and make for a sharp contrast. Perfect for high-traffic areas, dark shades hide dirt that would normally stand out on lighter flooring. This flooring pairs well with high ceilings and narrow rooms.
Darker colour schemes make rooms seem better proportioned. It’s best to pair them with light furniture so that the room doesn’t seem too moody.
Style It Your Way
You may associate timber floors with traditional interiors. And while they do work seamlessly in these settings, they’re much more versatile than you might think. Their clean lines fit just as well into a contemporary or minimalist décor.
There aren’t any hard and fast rules here. Start with one statement piece that you love and design the room around it. As long as the focal point makes sense, the smaller details will fall into place.
Add artistry with more than just a well-placed painting. Give an exquisite glass lamp pride of place in the room. Let your quirky side show with unusual light fixtures. You might convert an old colander into a light shade, for example.
Get creative with the little touches in ways that reflect your style.
You Don’t Need to Match Everything
Rustic ironwood pairs beautifully with almost any furniture. It sets off the smooth grain of polished ash end tables. A concrete coffee table provides the perfect foil for the even surface of the planks.
Incorporate different materials and types of wood to give the space an eclectic charm. It’ll look as though you’ve spent years building up your collection and the overall effect will be uniquely your own.
Mats add extra comfort and define areas of a room. Sisal rugs complement the wooden colour but are tough enough to withstand heavy use. Jute provides similarly natural accents but has a softer feel.
A plush velveteen mini-carpet adds pops of colour and a luxurious feel.
Be a Softie
Wool and lambswool rugs ground your design. Use airy fabrics on windows or beds to offset the solidity of carpets and flooring. Consider using silk and gauzy fabrics on windows to maximize feelings of light and opulence.
Think plush, furry cushions that you’ll want to cuddle, and in colours that perfectly match your décor. Add sparkle and shine in your selection of fabrics for bedding, curtains, and cushions.
Treat the Flooring as a Design Feature
Beautifully grained lumber deserves to be a showpiece in and of itself. Keep the space as clear of clutter as possible to showcase its natural appeal.
An artfully placed floor lamp adds height for more interest and leads the eye to the floor.
Blend Different Finishes
Not everyone believes in painting wood. In the case of unsightly woodgrain, however, furniture might benefit from a coat of paint. Painted pieces can charmingly offset a room’s design.
But don’t stop there. Consider bringing in glass tables, metal chairs, or even acrylic furniture to make the room more inviting.
Don't Forget the Walls
You may choose opulent reds or burgundies to go with darker tones and beiges or greys to go with beachy tones. You might even go in the opposite direction, pairing dark floors with white or light paint.
What's the Number One Rule?
The number one rule is that these are only suggested guidelines. All we’ve done is provide you with some ideas to spark your creativity. You’re the one who must live with the style, so make sure that it’s workable for you.
We choose natural materials for their beauty and warmth. They’re versatile and pair with all sorts of interiors. Let your imagination run wild. It doesn’t matter if your ideas sound crazy at first – nothing’s off-limits.
With a little research, you can easily pare down your options. Alternatively, let us do the heavy lifting for you. Speak to our friendly team about how to create the perfect style for you.