How to Match Wall Paint Colors with Wood Floor Colors

Wood-look floors instantly transform a room. To take your home’s transformation even further, consider different wall paint colors to make an even bigger impact! There are so many wall paint colors out there, so it may seem overwhelming to choose the right one. Because we like to make things easy, here’s a guide on how to find paint colors that go with wood floor colors.

Light-Toned Wood Look Flooring

Choosing paint colors for light wood floors is simple—keep it light! If you chose this floor tone to brighten up your space, you should stay on track. Pairing light floors and walls can help create a clean look with the illusion of extra space. Try these wall paint colors to help you achieve your open aesthetic.

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, it can be easy for coordinating your other décor. And white isn’t as simple as you’d think! Like other paint colors, it comes in different variations, so have fun finding the perfect shade for your space.

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. Creme and off-white colors can have the same effect while offering yellow undertones for a bit of color.

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 from your floors, causing a clash.

neutral color swatches

Grey Wood Look Flooring

Grey wood floors have been a popular choice for homeowners for years and seem to be here for the long run. But what paint color goes well with grey flooring? Well, rule number one is to NOT go simply grey. This can cause a monochromatic and depressing effect that doesn’t feel too welcoming. 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 they have too much green in their shades. You can also shoot for blue-greys, but make sure they aren’t too grey so it won’t 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 a room, and are commonly chosen by modern homeowners. However, those it can be too intense if you don’t pair it with the right wall color. Here’s our best advice.

Go Light and Liven Up the Space

This contrast will actually help highlight the beauty in your dark flooring. On the contrary, when the walls are too dark it causes a depressing ambiance. If you aren’t shooting for haunted house aesthetics, go for light wall paint colors. What color you should choose varies depending on the stain and undertone of your floors, but try to keep your walls at least 3 shades lighter than your flooring.

light color swatches

Things to Remember When Picking Wall Paint Colors

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 undertone wood floor colors, you can choose wall paints that match their warmth. This gives an alluring design with a smooth transition. However, wood floor colors with yellow undertones look amazing with blue walls or yellow undertoned floors go perfect with purple or purple-grey walls.  The 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 grey-on-grey flooring and walls, 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 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 can be simple! Just remember to consider undertones while not adding colors that will either clash or dampen your space. You can start by letting Empire Today help you choose wood-look floors that aren’t only good for your design goals but perfectly fit for your lifestyle.

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