Best Ways to Decorate Hardwood Flooring


If you have hardwood flooring in your home, you know that decorating can be effortless. After all, what doesn’t go with a hardwood floor? But there are certain things you can do to make your flooring particularly attractive and make it work well with your furnishings as well as the rooms they are installed in. With that in mind, here are some tips for decorating rooms with hardwood flooring.

Open it Up

A lot of houses have open floor plans. If your house has an open floor plan, embrace the style by giving your flooring a seamless look. Install planks that flow from room to room without any awkward dividers. This consistency will make for a cleaner look overall.

Add Rugs

You can go back and forth all day arguing over whether flooring or carpeting is better for your home. Well why not have the best of both worlds? Area rugs can be great for protecting your flooring, providing a warm and soft surface, and sectioning off different areas of the house. Use your personal taste to select rugs that feature bold patterns, intricate designs or whatever will best complement your sense of décor.

The Industrial Look

Hardwood flooring can work well in an industrial, modern setting. Think of stainless steel, contemporary cabinet choices, streamlined hardware and no frills lighting. The clean lines will bring a sleek, updated look to any room.

Mix It Up

Wood tones look great against other wood tones, but try to avoid getting too matchy-matchy. Blend rough with rustic, stained with polished and vary stains and grains to make your pieces look a bit more shabby chic.

Additional Elements

Another great way to add contrast to your hardwoods is by adding softer elements to your room. Think of soft fabrics, area rugs, sheepskin, lambswool and other materials that will give your décor an airy feel. Glass lamps and metallic light fixtures will also make the room feel layered and cozy.

Let There Be Light

Hardwood floors tend to give rooms a darker look. Lighten it up by adding bright area rugs and lighter paints and be sure to also bring in as much natural light as possible.

Neutrals with Neutrals

Hardwood floors are generally neutral toned making them the perfect palette for any theme of décor you choose. You can work the neutral angle by adding other neutrals for a nature theme or more of a rustic look. If you choose to do this, be sure to bring out any yellow or red undertones in the flooring. On the other hand, your neutral hardwood floors are also great bases for adding color. Think of decorating your rooms with playful accents like bright yellow furnishings, bold geometric area rugs, lamps with vibrant lamp shades and more.

Overall, your hardwood floor makes a great base for almost any decorating option. Decide the direction you would like for your décor and do your best to make the house of your dreams a reality.

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