How To Create A Cohesive Home With Flooring And Furniture
When thinking about putting your stamp on a space, most people tend to think about the furniture, lighting, artwork and other home accessories. However, to create a well-rounded decor design, it’s important to consider all aspects of the space, such as flooring and wall colour.
Flooring has a huge impact on the overall look and feel of a room. However, it needs to complement the furniture to create a design that feels cohesive, and there are many factors to consider.
There are several different ways that you can choose to furnish a space. One of the most simple methods is to consider choosing matching colours in various shades, but this is far from the only option. Choosing complementary colours, similar textures, and design styles are all ways to elevate a room’s design. Don’t be afraid to experiment either – choosing contrasting colours, textures or materials in moderation is a great way to add a high-end pop of flare.
It may seem overwhelming, but with our tips, finding ways for the flooring and furniture to complement each other is simple.
Choosing colours carefully
One of the simplest ways to create harmony between your flooring and furniture is to consider colour. Choosing small elements that match the colour of your vinyl flooring, such as cushions, blankets, vases or flowers, is an easy way to bring a sense of cohesion to a space.
Choosing matching elements isn’t the only way to create a well-rounded design. Instead of considering the colour exactly, think about the tone of colour in the flooring. If you’ve chosen grey herringbone vinyl flooring, then choosing warmer-toned furniture could clash and create a jarring look. Instead, choosing cool tones like blues, lilacs, dusky pinks, or charcoal greys will help to create a cohesive design without everything needing to match.
Large items of furniture should be a similar tone or different shade of the same colour as the flooring, but it doesn’t need to match exactly. For example, if you choose grey vinyl flooring, similar tones like cool-toned pastels would fit in, but you could also go for a dark grey sofa to keep in the same colour without being too similar.
While your furniture should be similar or complementary colours, having pops of contrasting colours creates areas of interest that work together to make a space feel like it could be in a magazine. Pair pastel grey flooring or mid-tone wood and neutrals with small pops of colour. Darker floors create a dramatic statement when paired with rich emerald greens or burgundy tones.
While it’s easy to create a cohesive look by using similar colours and tones, you can create a magazine-worthy space by playing with contrasting textures. Bringing a mixture of similar textures and contrasting materials makes a space feel high-end.
If you have wood-grain vinyl flooring, bring elements of natural materials like wood and rattan into the space, alongside softer materials like velvet or plush cushions, to create a luxurious homely feel.
When it comes to choosing a style of furniture, there really aren’t any rules. Not everything has to match perfectly – in fact, some of the best designs incorporate contrasting styles. Mixing industrial and mid-century works surprisingly well, but it takes some experimentation.
If your vinyl flooring is a modern light grey, then consider choosing modern furniture to complement the look. Industrial designs like metal piping, mixed with softer textures, come together for a high-end cohesive design.
If you have aged dark wooden flooring, then consider choosing furniture with small touches of the same style. A luxurious velvet sofa with dark wood legs adds to the drama of a space to create somewhere that feels like it belongs in a high-end hotel.
Choosing different textures, colours and tones can be fun and create a unique design that’s both exciting and cohesive, but it’s important to consider any issues with practicality.
If you have wood-effect vinyl flooring, consider what materials are least likely to damage the floor. Metal dining chairs have the potential to scratch the surface and prematurely age the floor. Wood is a softer material and less likely to scratch the floor.
Choosing dyed materials or furniture that has dark stains can also damage your new flooring. Stained, painted, or dyed materials can transfer colour onto the floor if they’re moved – even if you don’t intend to move the furniture, this could happen accidentally. If you have light-toned flooring, but dark furniture, then consider adding protective feet to your pieces to prevent this from happening.
Most design considerations come down to your personal taste and what works within a space, but researching how different materials work together could save you a lot of time and effort in the long run.
Experimentation is key
Creating a cohesive design that helps flooring and furniture complement each other takes experimentation and time. Before you start purchasing large pieces of furniture, consider using free tools like interior design apps or photo-editing websites to try a few different designs.
This will help you create a cohesive design without spending any money, but it’ll also help you to develop your personal style. Even using Pinterest to create a mood board of interior design styles will help you to hone in on your style.