When Floors Meet Walls… And They Do!

When you are updating your living space, new flooring can make a significant impact on the style and ambiance of a room. One of the most important things to consider when you are installing new floors is how those floors will interact with wall colours or patterns. Obviously, new flooring can be a costly upgrade and in most cases wall colours can be adapted more affordably and easily. Nevertheless, when you make changes to one, you’ll probably want to make changes to the other. So, how do you choose new floors and new wall colours/coverings to ensure they are the right match? Let’s take a closer look.

Set the Tone

Clearly you want to think about colour tones when choosing flooring and wall colours. Contrary to popular opinion, you want to consider the undertones of your floors and walls when matching these elements. Also known as the base tone, flooring and walls can have a cool, neutral, or warm appearance. Cool colours tend to be in the blue and green ranges, but also include pinks and purples. Neutral colours represent earth tones such as grey, beige, black, and white. Finally, warm tones include reds, yellows, and oranges. Matching the base tones of your walls and floors will help create a unified appearance in a room.

Ideally, you want to match wall/floor colours that have the same base tones or those with complementary colours. For example, you may match a warm and cool base tone that is complementary such as red and green, yellow and purple, or orange and blue. So, if you are set on a particular type of flooring, choose a wall colouring that pairs accordingly.

When Floors meet Walls


Various colour pairings can have a significant impact on the ambiance of a room. Likewise, darker or lighter tones will impact your sense of space. Neutral tones are most often associated with contemporary and minimalist designs. Pairing neutral floors and walls can accentuate clean lines and lend to a sense of simplicity. If you’re looking to create a cozy, intimate vibe in a room, consider using warm tones for flooring and walls. Darker hues can make a drastic impression while lighter hues are more aligned with the impact of neutral tones. Either way, warm colours create warmth. And, as you would expect, cool undertones can create a sense of space and brightness like the outdoors.

Plan with Purpose

Avoid making hasty decisions when you are updating floors, walls, or both. Colour swatches and floor samples can help you plan your upgrades with purpose. Also, working closely with our flooring experts at Floor Coverings International is a great way to get tips and tricks about how to best match flooring with your walls and vice versa. We can help you decide the best flooring options for a room or your home by carefully reviewing your functional and aesthetic goals. Then, consider taking home some samples to see how things look in your home and with your current lighting and décor.

Rest assured, no matter your personal aesthetic or the room being updated, you’ll find the perfect flooring and wall coverings to match.