Sensational Wall Colours for Timber Floors

Interior designers and painters have always advised homeowners to be careful when painting their house walls, especially those that do not have any painting professionals involved and are inexperienced.

Out hot tip is that the floor material will almost always determine the sort of colour palette that you use for your walls. Therefore, you should always make some floor type consideration before painting your walls, whether it is timber, concrete, marble, tile, etc.

If you wish to choose a comfortable colour that you will not regret or have to redo your wall painting, determine whether your timber floor colour is cool or warm.

Once you have identified your timber floor colour, you can then decide the appropriate wall colours to match. It is advisable to use the service of experts and experienced professionals to avoid the cost of redoing your walls.

Here are our golden rules when it comes to picking the best wall colours for timber floors.

White Colour Walls


Commonly white walls go with any light wood floor. But this does not appear well especially to the contemporary interiors. What makes most white colours unfitting is that they are not manufactured pure.

They often contain some white pigments. This explains why you will find some white chip with each manufacturer. Those pigments come from white paint that has either cool or warm undertones.

In case your wood floor has cool wood tones, go for white colours that have the cool undertone. Therefore, it only makes sense to use warm colours for your walls to complement the warm timber floor. This will avoid any colour crushing.

If you use warm white paint when you have a cool wood floor, your whole interior will look unpleasant and dull. White printer paper can be used to testify that.

Warm Colour Walls


If your wood floors are of warm undertone, you may utilise any warm colours to your preference. These colours include orange, red and yellow. You may even choose to mix these colours together to achieve a different shade.

If you wish to pair warm wall colours with cool timber floors, you may go for medium bright to dark colours. When you use a warm wall colour that has great value, your wall will remain outstanding.

Cool Colour Walls


Usually, cool wall colour blends well with cool undertone timber wood floors. If you follow this piece of advice, there is no doubt that your painting will be of great value and without any dully spots whatsoever. Cool colour normally includes Violet, Green, Blue and Grey-Green.

Conversely, use medium bright to dark colours where your light wooden floors have warm undertones.

Neutral Colour Walls


If you want your interior wall painting to remain well decorated, then use neutral colours other than white such as Black, Brown or any shade of Grey.

Depending on the pigments that the manufacturer uses to create Brown and Grey paint, they are available in both cool and warm versions. For medium neutral or light walls, choose the colour paint which has the same undertone as your house flooring.

If you decide to pick the same colour for the wall as the floor then make sure that your wall colour is at least two shades lighter or darker than the floor. This is to avoid matching appearance.

light floors and light walls will give you a sense of airy space ,but be careful it doesn't look cold.

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dark floors and light walls will make the room appear wider

one dark statement wall teamed with a light floor and walls will make the room look smaller

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a surrounding dark colour on the wall and the ceiling with light floors will have an almost shapeless effect.

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dark floors and a dark ceiling will make the room seem wider and ceiling lower

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to make the ceiling appear higher, a light floor, light ceiling and light rear wall will do the trick.


Turn up the temperature or keep it cool with the use of colour. Colours are divided into two groups, warm and cool. Your choice of colour will impact mood and depth perception, so it's important to decide if you want the colour to recede or provide a strong focus. Take a look at both colour groups below. 


Warm Colours

Such as red, yellow and orange; evoke warmth because they remind us of things like the sun or fire. These colours draw attention to the space and are a strong focus in the overall look of the room. 


Cool Colours

Such as blue, green, and purple (violet); evoke a cool feeling because they remind us of things like water or grass. These colours are softer to the eye and will give you a feeling of a larger space within the room. 


This refers to the lightness or darkness of a colour.
Adding black darkens tone, adding white lightens it.

Getting started

If you’re about to start decorating, you might find it helpful to take a look at a colour wheel first. You’ll notice that the wheel is roughly divided between two colour groups: warm hues and cool hues. Reds, yellows, oranges and beige/creamy colours are warm, while the blues, greens and greys are cool.

Warm colours

Stimulating, spicy and invigorating, warm hues work best in the social rooms of the house, such as the living room, dining room and kitchen. If you love saturated colour, you could go for zesty, citrus hues like lemon yellow, tangerine orange or fuschia pink. If you prefer a more subtle look but still want to incite warmth, head towards the darker end of the warm spectrum – think mulberry purple, burnt orange and mustard yellow. Warm colours are ideal if you have a darker north-facing room, as they enhance light quality and add warmth.

Cool colours

Calming and serene, cool colours help to quiet the emotions and soothe the senses, making them perfect for spaces in which you want to rest, relax and reenergize. You could layer marine blues in the bathroom for a blue-lagoon feeling – we love cobalt, ultramarine and translucent aqua –, or decorate your home office in smoky shades of lilac to create a calm environment. If you’ve got a south-facing room that gets plenty of sunshine, try balancing the glare with cool colours, like evergreen and sea blue.

Warm neutrals

Easy on the eye, warm neutrals are perfect for creating a look of understated elegance. If you’re dreaming of a cosy sanctuary for a perfect night’s sleep, you might like to try painting your bedroom a mix of warm neutrals, such as soft truffle, warm honey and milk chocolate. The pale tones will create a serene atmosphere, while the deeper shades will evoke a sense of luxury. Intensify the cosy atmosphere with soft blankets in tones like oyster and nutmeg. 

Cool neutrals

Soft and tender, cool neutrals are ideal for adding balance and stability to a room. To create a room that feels slick modern, look to hues at the darker end of the spectrum such as pewter, smoke grey, charcoal and slate. Or to create a softer, more delicate mood, opt for feathery off-whites like pearl and almond, or powdery greys like dove grey and steel. Add contrast by pairing them with fresh white woodwork and timber flooring.


Light Tones

Give and airy feeling and can make a room appear larger.


Dark Tones

Dark tones evoke a mood of sophistication and elegance.

Different colours can be created by mixing the three primary colours - red, yellow and blue. A simple mix of primaries produces the secondary colours - orange (red-yellow), green (yellow-blue) and violet or purple (bed-red). Once a primary is mixed with a secondary, it becomes a tertiary colour: red-orange or blue-green. The three primary colours has the three secondaries as their complementary opposites (green versus red, violet versus yellow and orange versus blue)