How to Match Wall Paint Colors with Wood Floor Colors

Solid hardwood, engineered wood, and wood-look floors instantly transform a room. To complement the tones in your wood flooring, consider how different wall paint colors will affect the look

There are countless wall paint colors out there, so it may seem daunting to choose the right one. To make that task a little easier, here’s a guide on how to find paint colors that go with wood floor colors.

Light-Toned Flooring

Choosing paint colors for light wood floors is simple: just keep it light! If you chose this floor tone to brighten up your space, pick a light paint color to match. Pairing light floors and walls can help create a clean look with the illusion of extra space. When you’re struggling to figure out what color wall paint you should use for grey floors, try these wall paint colors to help you achieve your open aesthetic.

This light-on-light tactic is used in a variety of interior design styles like Scandinavian, Transitional, and Modern. Each focuses on sleek, elegant designs centered around light neutral spaces that act as a clean backdrop. 

White Walls Can Add Visual Space

When you think of light colors, white is obviously the easy choice. Not only is it great for ash or white oak floors, but it also makes it easy for coordinating other décor—especially if you like to swap your decor seasonally or even every couple of years. Like other paint colors, it comes in different variations, so have fun finding the perfect shade of white for your space.e.

white color swatches

Add Flavor with White Alternatives

If white is too vanilla for your taste, try colors that are close but not as bright. When you’re sorting out what color walls go with light wood floors, creme and off-white colors can have the same effect while offering yellow undertones for a bit of color and warmth.

off white color swatches

Neutrals Are Simple Yet Stylish

Between grey, beige, taupe, or greige, neutrals are a great way to match your light wood floors while still giving your walls character. Avoid darker variations of brown and yellow, as they can be too much of a contrast and will likely clash.

  • Grey: Think of grey as your neutral’s neutral. Because it is a blend of white and black, it can create a simple tone that works well with everything else. Grey can also bring slight hints of warm or cool tones, adding a subtle pinch of color behind the neutral tone.
  • Beige: A light beige wall creates a naturally warm tone that brings attention to your room decor instead of distracting from it. The warmth of a beige wall makes warm woods and metals feel like they belong while also helping cool-colored accent pieces really pop. 
  • Taupe: For some people, taupe is a mystery color. It’s actually a mix of dark grey and brown. While the color itself is a bit tough to classify, taupe can be used as the foundation in your interior design. A lighter taupe can serve as a stylish background for your decor and furniture and will also work well with different levels of light (including direct sunlight).
  • Greige: This popular color, like taupe, is a mix of beige and grey. The difficult part is trying to differentiate between them. While taupe and greige have the same starting base colors, taupe tends to lean towards warmer beige colors, while greige leans heavier towards greys. This is why greige is typically considered a cooler color than taupe. Greige’s cool undertones give your room an understated hint of color that works as a strong base for the rest of your design.

neutral color swatches

Wall Colors to Pair With Grey Wood Flooring

Grey wood floors have been a popular choice for homeowners for years now and seem to be here for the long run. But what paint color goes well with grey flooring? Well, rule number one is NOT to go all grey. This can cause a monochromatic and depressing effect that doesn’t provide or incite much feeling. Instead, go for these colors:

Go Cool with Blues

Cool and relaxing, blue easily complements grey flooring. You want to stick with cool tones to keep the contrast to a minimum. Think ice and navy blues. Do not go for aqua or turquoise, as there is too much green in those shades. 

You can also try certain blue-greys, but make sure they are predominantly blue, or they could dampen the mood of your design when combined with your floors.

cool blue color swatches

Pure White Paint Colors for a Refreshing Appeal

Similar to light-toned flooring, white wall paint colors easily match with grey wood-look flooring. This combination can also give a clean and open look, but it’s important to know which shades to stick with. Having walls with yellow undertones, such as cream, should be avoided. Instead, stick with cool and pure whites.

Dusty Greens for a Calm Touch of Color

While aqua and turquoise should be avoided because of their rich green undertones, choosing a dusty green shade isn’t a bad idea. Aim for sage or pale greens with a grey touch to perfectly create a cool-toned dynamic in your space. The grey takes away the warmth, while the green adds a touch of color to the room.

dusty green color swatches

Dark-Toned Wood Look Flooring

Dark floors can add a chic, sophisticated feel to any room and are commonly chosen by modern homeowners. However, dark floors can be too intense if they aren’t paired with the right wall color. Our best tip to solve this problem is to create contrast.

Go Light and Liven Up the Space

Contrasting dark-toned flooring with light wall colors will help highlight the beauty in your dark floors. 

There is a growing trend to lean on dark, moody colors by matching dark flooring with dark walls, but it can be a little tricky to get it right. Flooring and wall color combinations that are dark on dark can make your room start to feel like you’re shooting for haunted house aesthetics. 

Despite this aesthetic currently increasing in popularity, it (like any trend) can also quickly go out of style, which may lead to a dated look you’ll end up wanting to change later. 

Instead of going for a temporary trend, go for light wall paint colors with dark-toned flooring. This will give you a timeless look that pairs well with a variety of styles. What color you choose may vary depending on the stain and undertone of your floors, but try to keep your walls at least three shades lighter than your flooring.

light color swatches

Things to Remember When Picking Wall Paint Colors

When you’re looking to paint your walls, here are a few things to help you know how to match wall paint colors with wood floors.

Don’t Overlook Undertones

Focusing on your flooring’s undertone is a quick and easy way to create a cohesive design that doesn’t clash. There are two ways to coordinate your walls with your floors’ undertones: make them match or make them complementary. 

With warm undertones in your flooring, you can choose wall paints that match their warmth. This gives an alluring design with a smooth transition. Colors that work well with warm undertone wood floors include colors like:

  • Cream
  • Seashell
  • Muted taupe
  • Soft gold
  • Amber
  • Peach
  • Blush
  • Terra-cotta
  • Brown
  • Beige

However, if you’re looking for a contrast of color, think about using a cool wall color to pair with your warm undertone flooring. Some cool wall colors include:

  • Blue
  • Mermaid green
  • Light purple
  • Greige 
  • Cool silver
  • Aqua
  • Teal
  • Seafoam
  • Periwinkle

This contrast gives the room flair without the colors clashing. Remember, complementary colors are opposite each other on the color wheel.

Accent Walls Give the Perfect Balance

Whether you’re feeling vibrant or want a more monochromatic feel, having an accent wall is a nice way to explore your design dreams without going too far over the edge. While having all of the walls one color is more of a definitive design, a pop of color can make a statement without breaking design rules.

wood look flooring and cool-blue accent wall

Furniture and More: Consider All Décor

While flooring and walls hold great importance, you can’t forget about your furniture and accent décor. Always make sure your flooring can blend with your color choices, especially if you have wooden legs on your tables or sofas. Décor such as rugs and wall pieces, are also a great way to add color if you have white or grey walls. Also, take into consideration your blinds and shades! Whether it’s faux wood or cellular, the color and style of your window treatments can make a difference in your wall paint colors and even flooring decision.

laminate flooring with matching accent decor


In the end, matching your walls and wood-look floors doesn’t have to be complicated. Just remember to consider undertones, avoid adding clashing colors, and try to balance out any aesthetic elements that risk becoming overbearing. If you’re considering replacing your existing floors for new solid, engineered, or wood-look flooring, Empire Today can help you choose the flooring that fits your design goals and your lifestyle. If you want to see what others have said about us, head over to our Shopper Approved page where you can find thousands of trusted reviews.

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