Flooring is an important element of interiors, thus we take time choosing the right material, color and style. Of all styles and colors, one that remains an all-time favorite is gray flooring that perfectly matches new and classic trends and warm tones. It is often used by professional interior designers and homeowners to give home interiors an elegant, modern look. Owing to the fact, it is one of the most popular flooring trends in 2018, besides texture, material, durability and aesthetics.
However, more often than not, the contemporary feel of the gray flooring gets messed up due to several other factors that people fail to take note of. It is a kind of shame because this color specifically is a powerful one. Not getting the maximum benefits from the gray flooring in your home would simply be a waste of money. It’s important that the color of your walls and furniture complements, and in turn, is complemented by the gray flooring to deliver a captivating look.
Not doing that would be the equivalent of wearing an amazing tuxedo, and instead of matching it with a pair of fancy leather shoes, you are going for sneakers. In such a situation, you need to know what to do and what to steer clear of when orchestrating the color scheme of your house or apartment.
Gray, being a strong yet subtle color that it is, tends to work well with most colors, regardless of the dark shade or hue. But this doesn’t mean that you should pick any random color for your walls and furniture. You need to take into consideration the color and undertones of the flooring. There are some basic colors that work great with the gray floor, and there are some others that would just end up creating a rainbow – an outright disaster.
Walls need to complement the flooring, and you have two options – either go full monochrome which most people choose to do or go the other way by painting the walls with a mild touch of another color. You need to choose the color that perfectly suits your personal color palette. Below are some of the colors that go well with the gray flooring.
What Colors To Use
When going full monochrome, it is ideal to not use plain gray flooring with walls of similar color as it might result in an abundance of gray in the space. It’s better to use different shades of gray diluted by undertones. You will find that gray works well with white or yellow undertones.
When talking of white, we are not attributing the white you would find in an Alfred Hitchcock or a Stanley Kubrick movie. The white you want isn’t the one that would look attractive with blood splatters; what you want is a white that eases environment and guides your eyes the moment you enter and fills the spaces in between the furniture units in the room.
In short, a warm white with a light brown or beige tint to hit that perfect cream color.
It might seem like an odd choice but will surely surprise you with its capability to blend with its surrounding items. Apart from being a soothing color that fills a room with a sense of tranquility, it creates a distinctive look any other color can’t. While white and gray offer a sort of metallic vibe, the dark blue gives off a Mediterranean feel you would want in a waterfront house.
Teal is also a color that can’t really go wrong with. When anybody says words like island breeze, Greece and sea spray, it is most likely what first pops up in your mind – visuals mostly in whites and blues. What do those two colors make after mixing? That’s right; they turn into the sophisticated teal. It is a type of color that lets you build a certain atmosphere in the room, usually followed by interior design professionals.
It is not a color liked by the most. You will find a number of people who won’t even like to wear a yellow T-shirt, but there are people who find it very appealing. It all depends on your personal preferences and what suits you as a person. Taking artistic standards into consideration when working with yellows, gray or white undertones are usually the way to go. A bright, popping yellow, although might sound a good idea after seeing it in music videos but isn’t really a good fit for rooms where you will be spending much time as it will get a bit flustering or irritating over time.
For greens, in addition to mint green, a gray tint or a black undertone usually works best. Mint green gives a cool, futuristic and at the same time homely feeling to a room; it is somewhere on the spectrum between white and blue. Dim green walls bring out the most out of the gray flooring; and as a bonus feature, you get walls that can always be amplified or accentuated by houseplants. All in all, it can give a fresh, nature-inspired look to a room.
As you may have noticed, gray forms a number of desirable combinations with the most, if not all colors. The catch is not to completely avoid a certain color, rather avoid certain tones or shades of that particular color. If there was to be a rule of thumb, it would be to stick with tints (the color + gray touches) or black and white undertones. Also avoid using blunt, plain colors for walls.
Keep in mind, though, that it all comes back to your personality, the effect you want the room to have on people and most importantly, what will you be using the room for. After all, the color you would be using for the living room doesn’t have to be the same you have chosen for the game room.
Unlike walls, the aim of furniture is to shed light on the undertones to make sure they aren’t overlooked. That’s why most interior designers add certain items that stand out from the background to clearly add dimensions to the room with a distinguishable foreground.
Before we get down to the colors, it is worth mentioning that you don’t have to exclude all the colors except gray and the color of your walls. You should feel free to experiment with colors, add a dash of yellow or a pop of red; what matters is that you look at your room as if it is an art project. You can use a color wheel to help find creative ideas and corresponding colors.
Basically, you have to identify the undertone of your flooring and then locate it on a color wheel – which you can find anywhere online – and then try to incorporate the color directly into your designs.
Before we start, it is good to mention that if you have an ultra-modern apartment in white or gray walls, include glass or metallic elements to bring the whole look to a nice finish.
What Colors To Use
In a room decked with gray laminate flooring that already contains red undertones, it is ideal to have furniture that has muted shades of light red. This shifts the balance away from the coolness of the gray since they are on the warmer side of the color spectrum. You can also experiment with toned down pink, vermillion or even salmon in different areas from curtains to picture frames to a flower vase, every little detail has an effect.
After you’ve added reds, you can also add a bit of yellow to tie everything together.
With flooring of that nature, you can easily apply the above-mentioned rule; the one with the corresponding colors. The color wheel shows that what opposes the general area between green and yellow is a mixture of red and orange. This way you get the basic idea of where to start; light reds with a hint of orange for a warm appearance and cozy feel or blood orange for a room where you expect the sunset to hit, bringing everything to life or even a simple bright red decorative piece laid down somewhere as an attention grabber.
Keeping on with the cool theme of the gray floor using colors like mint green, teal or turquoise is a good idea. It gives an icy, sharp look to the room and at the same time draws people’s attention to the faint bluish tone of the flooring. Feel free to use other colors, like yellow since by nature, it is a complementary color to blue or any other color of your choice; maybe brown or cream to put a dent in the low temperature based color scheme.
A gray floor with brown tinges instantly brings in the feeling of a forest lodge or a wood cabin in a snowy area. The only thing missing from the scene is the warm crackling fire. Adding furniture in warm orange or a bit of bronze is not at all a bad idea. It amplifies the warmness of the brown while also encouraging the possibility of adding fire into the room as a source of natural heat and a complementary item that will shed light, literally, on the oranges and bronzes.
Dark gray flooring usually dictates a modern decor. So, in addition to shiny metallic furniture and glass tables, one can get creative by adding colors that contain a significant amount of white or black. From silver and mint green to icy blue to charcoal black, these colors match with gray flooring.
The idea is to choose furniture based on these colors and then sprinkle around a totally different color, maybe something that complements the rest, as a point of interest where eyes are led to after being subjected to a heavily monochrome environment. Another way is to stay committed to the monochrome theme and keep using warm colors to a minimum.
If you are considering light gray, a complete opposite to the dark gray, then instead of dark undertones, use light colors like cream, beige and lighter shades of brown. They provide a nice secondary group of colors that complement lighter shades of blue or sage to help the room achieve its full potential in terms of atmosphere.
As for furniture, you need to use the color in a bit different than it was used for painting walls. It doesn’t depend on the variations of an individual color, rather on the undertones of the flooring and relationship between used colors and each color grouping. All these elements come into play as you add or substitute colors in a room.
If you want to design a room that makes you feel special every time or is simply beautiful, professional designers suggest that you should think of a place, song or a certain movie scene and then start furnishing the room around the memories from the scene. Start with arranging all the elements of the room together to best convey the image in your head.
Also, remember sometimes less is more; you don’t need a lot of colors, you just need ones that harmonize together.
It is critical that you enjoy the designing process because at the end of the day, the whole process revolves around your happiness and enjoyment.