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The 5 Best Flooring Colors For Dark Cabinets


Why flooring color is important

This should be fairly evident, but for the benefit of those of you who may not understand why, the flooring color you choose has a very large impact on the vibe of your house. It can provide a cheery, bright effect that will make your home brighter overall, or it can provide a darker and more refined effect. These are entirely dependent upon the color of your flooring and how it matches the color of your walls, cabinets, and countertops. So when considering your flooring, ensure that you consider the color and pattern, not just the material

Not only does flooring color affect the vibe of your home, it can also affect the visual space that each room has. Having dark cabinetry with dark flooring can make the room feel shorter and uninviting, while contrasting dark cabinets with lighter floors can make the room feel more spacious.

With that said, what colors go with dark flooring?


Oak is a traditional wood flooring option that looks sophisticated and timeless. Oak can include very pale finishes and works well with most aesthetics, from modern to classic. It also pairs well with most types of cabinets and is very sturdy. Not only are there many different oak wood tones to choose from, there are many more stained varieties that can pair well with dark cabinetry.


Maple is another classic wood flooring choice that includes some pale finishes. Maple often has a warm undertone, which can soften a space with dark cabinets. Maple flooring is a calm and neutral tone of wood, most often paired with contrasting dark colors such as reds, navy blues, and even dark greens.

Light Vinyl or Tile

Another option is to choose laminate, luxury vinyl, or tile in pale colors. These materials give you a wider color palette compared to wooden floors. You can choose pale grey, blue, pink, white, or any pale color you choose. You can even select a pattern to create some visual interest under your feet without overpowering your dark cabinetry.

Weathered wood floors

A great choice for dark cabinets is the current trend of pale, weathered-looking wood floors. Some of these are wide plank floors, which are dramatic enough to stand up to eye-catching dark cabinets. They come in a range of colors, from pale wood to grey and even white. You can select a hue that looks great with darker cabinets while still allowing the natural wood grain to shine through.

Dark floors

While the general rule of thumb is to contrast dark cabinets with light wood floors, there are some times when you might want to break with tradition. If you have a very large and open kitchen, you may have enough room to pair dark floors and cabinets. Similarly, if you want to create a cozy and small space, matching cabinets and wood floors can make sense.

In conclusion

Keep in mind that these flooring colors are the most picked options. It’s perfectly ok to go with a different option if you find yourself drawn to a different look. Book an appointment with our stylist today to go over the available options and find yourself the perfect floor for you!

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