How to Choose the Right Flooring Shade

how to pick flooring shades

There’s a few questions I get asked a lot. One of them is how to choose the right flooring shade for your home. Another question I get asked a lot is what type of mascara I use. IYKYK. We do a little bit of everything over here while we are DIYing. Since the question about flooring color comes up so often, I thought I would put together a how-to so that you find the perfect match!

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#1-Determine What kind of Flooring You are Going to Be Using

Taking on a flooring project is a BIG DEAL! Not only do you use your flooring every day, but your floors also set the tone of your home. Not to mention, flooring is expensive. There are so many things to consider when it comes to determining what kind of flooring you are going to be using. 

Before you can choose your shade of flooring, you need to decide what type of flooring you are going to be using. Are you going to give the hardwoods in your home a boost with a new stain color? Or are you going to get all new flooring like I did when I moved into the newest Angela Rose Home? Either way, I know you are going to make the best choice for your family and your floors are going to look beautiful!

how to pick flooring shades

#2-Have a Vision for the Project

To pick a perfect shade of flooring, you first need to have an overall idea of what vibe you want in your space. I love using the @morpholio app when I am planning out a project. You can mock up the room with furniture and finishings so you can capture your overall vision. Be sure to consider what furniture you want for the space, what cabinetry you have, and how you will be adding in home decor.

Knowing the feel of the space will help you pick the right shade for your flooring. Are you leaning towards a more traditional design or are you wanting to bring your own take to a trendy modern feel? Typically lighter colors of flooring give a modern open and airy feel to a space. (Plus, light colors are awesome for hiding crumbs that your kids and pets might leave behind.) On the other hand, darker shades are known for being used with more traditional designs. 



Breakdown of Shades

Features of Lighter Flooring Colors:

  • Modern style
  • Cooler tones
  • Helps open up spaces
  • Great for hiding kid crumbs and dog hair

Features of Darker Flooring Shades:

  • Traditional style 
  • Warmer tones
  • Contrasts beautifully with lighter walls
  • Great for large rooms

#3-See Color in Your Space

The last step in choosing the right flooring shade is seeing the color in your actual space. Lighting in your home will affect how the tones show up. Are you blessed with a lot of natural lighting? What hue do your light fixtures give off? It may feel a bit much to give time to think about all of these details, but that is how you will find the perfect shade. Remember warm tones (dark shades) are more traditional and cooler tones (lighter colors) tend to be more modern.

If you are staining hardwoods that are already in your home, pick a few spots to apply your stain and see how it feels. If you are getting new flooring altogether, order a sample. I love working with Hewn Flooring. It is what I had installed in my home before I moved in. Hewn is so good to work with and I know they encourage people to order samples. Use my code ANGELABOGO to get a discount on Hewn samples. 

flooring color shades

When I say I love working with Hewn, I really mean it because we actually collaborated together to create the Angela Rose Collection.  I am so proud of all the hard work that went into this collection. The stoneform flooring products are not only breathtaking; they also don’t break the bank. Each shade of flooring was inspired by timeless trends that I love and are named after places and things that are important to me. Use my code ANGELA5 for 5% off your entire order with Hewn


How to Choose the Right Flooring Shade


Now you know how to choose the right flooring shade for your space. I’ve got to know…what shade are you going to use? Tag me @angelarosehome so that I can see your floor reveal. I love seeing your creativity and know these floors are going to be awesome. I started with the floors at my new house and I’ve been working on projects ever since. Make sure you are following along with me on Instagram and TikTok so that you can see the latest projects I am working on. Remember, with DIY you start with an idea and go for it! So stop pinning and start doing.


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