Although some think that the art of interior decorating involves making everything match, this couldn't be further from the truth. Variations in pattern, texture and color are essential for creating visual interest. The principle can be applied to almost any decorating element, including wood flooring. Believe it or not, it’s perfectly acceptable to mix wood flooring styles and colors as long as you do it with finesse. Besides allowing you to create an elegant, high-end look and a customized floor plan that's uniquely yours, it has several other practical benefits.
• It can create continuity and help you pull dissimilar rooms together.
• Mixing wood flooring types keeps your furniture options open.
• It can assist you in keeping valuable vintage flooring as part of an update.
Expert Tips for Mixing Wood Flooring Types
• You can mix wood flooring styles within your home easily. If you have an office with dark wood flooring, but you want to install light wood floors in your den, the distance between the rooms may be enough of a buffer that you won't need to do anything special to make it work.
• If you're working with connecting rooms, you'll need to tie the two colors or styles together. You can do this by using a contrasting wood border or choosing wood accents or furniture that incorporates the look of the opposite room's flooring.
• If you're replacing the flooring in both rooms, consider adding contrasting wood inserts to one or both floors to blend the styles.
• Inserts and borders can also help you incorporate your home's original flooring style into a single room.
• In general, you should choose woods with similar undertones for the most cohesive and versatile look, and keep your furnishings within the same tone family.
• Controlled contrast is attractive, but too many colors and random tones makes your room distracting and unfocused. Limit your accents to one or two colors or styles.
• Repeat accent colors at least twice.
• If you’re varying wood colors or types, create continuity by keeping grain patterns and finishes similar.
• Don't be afraid of stark contrast. One dark piece of wood in a room full of light wood colors can be powerful and eye-catching.
Let Young Interiors Help You Mix Up Your Dream Floor
At Young Interiors, our extensive selection of beautiful, top-quality hardwood floors and other flooring types can inspire you to mix styles and colors. In fact, you may find it impossible to pick just one. As a local, family owned flooring center, we've been serving Myrtle Beach, SC, for almost 30 years. Visit us online to learn more about our premium flooring products and services.