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How to Pick the Right Colour for Your Laminate Flooring

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When updating your home, the flooring you choose can make a big difference in making your living space feel new again. Laminate flooring is a great option that has grown in popularity over the years thanks to its durability and ease of cleaning, making it suitable for various rooms in your home. Given the extensive variety of laminate styles, we’re sharing some tips and recommendations to help you decide.

What Colours of Laminate Are Available?

Laminate flooring falls into three main colours; light (encompassing shades like grey and white), medium, and dark. One significant advantage of laminate is that it can mimic the appearance of stone and hardwood, offering a broader palette of colours beyond what is naturally available. Let’s explore these options in more detail.

Brighten Your Space with Light Laminate

Light-coloured laminate can come in white, grey, and light wood tones. These hues help make a room appear bigger and more open, ideal for areas like basements and other rooms with limited natural light. 

White laminate, such as our Smooth Hickory Sentinel, can be used as a neutral base for any furniture colour, accentuating your decor choices. Grey laminate has similar qualities and has been a popular choice for homeowners in recent years for its contemporary appeal.

A long kitchen and dining room with white walls and a white laminate flooring. The furniture is black with white accents.

For a true timeless option, oak is a classic. Any white oak laminates, ranging from Smooth White Oak Nautilus to Smooth White Oak Apollo can significantly brighten a room, especially those with darker walls.

With these positives also come a few drawbacks. Light-coloured laminate can make dirt and dust more visible, so it’s a better fit for lower-traffic areas of the home, such as a bedroom or office space. 

Medium Laminate Creates Harmony

Opting for a medium-coloured laminate will always be a sound choice to fit various rooms and decor aesthetics. Whether it’s for your bedroom, bathroom or living room, you can’t go wrong with a medium colour. 

If you own leather furniture, Smooth Black Walnut Natural Pearl will be a perfect fit. Its neutral tone harmonizes well with a light wood coffee table or a dark wood desk. In spaces with lighter walls, it provides a warm contrast, enhancing the room’s overall aesthetic.

A living room with white walls and two larger windows. There are a matching arm chair and ottoman in leather with wooden legs on a medium-toned laminate floor.

When researching potential flooring colour options, it’s common to come across guides suggesting either warm- or cool-tone furniture, but we know that isn’t always the case. When you find yourself with a mix of colours, maple is a great choice to bring it all together. Choosing a lighter option like Sculpted Maple Nova for darker walls will help keep the room bright, while Smooth Maple Godiva will help balance lighter walls. 

Add Warmth with Dark Laminate

For living rooms, high-traffic areas, and rooms with a lot of natural light, dark-coloured laminate can help keep these spaces feeling warm and intimate. If your existing furniture and walls are light-coloured, or if you lean towards a vintage decor style, a dark-coloured laminate will fit in seamlessly. 

A living room with a white wall with a fireplace and a large built-in dark wood bookshelf on the other wall. The couch and two armchairs are dark brown leather and there is a Queen Anne light coloured arm chair next to an antique phone. The floor is a dark laminate.

As far as options for this shade go, red oak, in particular, can beautifully balance out light walls and furniture, complementing many different furniture materials and aesthetic styles.

Which Colour Is the Best for Laminate Flooring?

There are many details to consider when choosing the best colour for your laminate flooring. The amount of natural light, existing furniture and wall colours, and the room’s purpose can all influence your choice. Whether you’re looking to lighten up a basement workspace or keep your living room cozy, Rome Flooring has you covered. Check out our gallery or contact us today to learn more about your options.