Matching Hardwood Flooring and Furnishings

by Sorin Giurca on January 26, 2018

Matching Hardwood Flooring and FurnishingsChoosing the Right Furnishings Can Make Your Space Pop

Matching hardwood flooring  and furnishings only makes sense. Conceptually, your floors are the “fifth wall.” The type, width and tone of your flooring are a design element in your Reno/Tahoe home, as much any paint color or art on the walls.

Hardwood flooring has proven to be a major selling feature in today’s homes, commanding better prices from discerning home-buyers. Its lasting beauty adds character and value like almost nothing else. The only real mistake homeowners can make, is selecting furnishings which ignore the hardwood flooring altogether.

Contrasts Can Be Beautiful

Perfectly matching hardwood flooring and furnishings has become a relic of yesteryear’s interior design theories. U.S. experts are recommending diversity in designLayering tones and textures appears both stylish and contemporary, allowing you to put your own personal stamp on your living environment. Basic harmony can be preserved by limiting tone choices to two or three, then combining them in unexpected contrasts.

Dark fabrics or wood furnishings can anchor a light wood floor, providing balance and symmetry to large open rooms. By the same token, blond Scandinavian furnishings can hold their own beautifully on dark cherry hardwood flooring.

Everything Does NOT Have To Match

A lot of consumers seem to believe exactly matching hardwood flooring and furnishings in color and tone, is essential. But the professional designers have moved away from that idea. Contrasts are the magic which brings a room to life.

Beautiful dark hardwood floors imply mysterious depths, but they can also swallow any dark furniture placed on them. If your furnishings are black or even dark-stained walnut, you’ll want to add light colored tables or end pieces so the atmosphere doesn’t disappear into the depths.

By the same token, light or bleached hardwood flooring brings all manner of brightness into a room, adapting itself to a myriad of furniture choices. So feel free when matching light hardwood flooring to furnishings, because your palette is so much larger.

Need Help Matching Hardwood Flooring and Furnishings? Consult An Artisan

Whether you love the rich look and feel of darker hardwood flooring, or the open spacious air of lighter hardwood flooring, the professions here at Artisan Hardwood Floors will help you at every step: Design, Wood Choice, Finishes, Installation, and of course Decor. We are experts at matching beautiful hardwood flooring and exquisite furnishings.

Contact me right away, so we can help you create the Reno/Tahoe home of your dreams.

Sorin Giurca

Master Craftsman, Artisan



Match Cabinets to Hardwood Flooring

by Sorin Giurca on December 21, 2017

Match cabinets to hardwood flooringCreating Gorgeous Living Spaces

What is the best approach to match cabinets to hardwood flooring? The beauty and durability of your hardwood floors can be matched wonderfully on your kitchen cabinets, if you do it right. Many of us feel inspired to lavish that gorgeous look on both the cabinets and floors in our kitchens. To guarantee lasting harmony, you’ll want to make sure the floors and cabinets are visually compatible, long-term.

Many people believe that “wood is wood,” and therefore any kind of wood cabinets and hardwood floor will just naturally match. Some woods do make excellent pairings. Cherry floors work superbly with Oak cabinets, for instance. Hickory seems to blend seamlessly with almost any other hardwood, making it a popular choice for either surface. However, many other pairings simply clash too much to work. An oak floor with maple cabinets will inspire headaches in very little time.

When You Match Cabinets to Hardwood Flooring, Think of Woods as if They Were Paint Colors

When you’re matching cabinets to hardwood flooring you’ll want to match the shades exactly, or stay at least three shades away on the color wheel. When the two surfaces vary even slightly in shading, color or the like, they will clash. So if you can’t match them perfectly, don’t try. But on that note…

Beware the Easy Solution of Same-Wood Matchmaking

Same Wood matches of hardwood flooring to kitchen cabinetry — oak to oak, maple to maple – might be thought to create a unified look and feel. The trouble with that idea is that it’s almost impossible to find an exact match. The finishes and stains used on flooring vs cabinets can vary widely. Within a single wood type, grain patterns and coloring can also give the same species completely different looks. Add to that, installing new cabinets to perfectly match existing hardwood floors must account for aging and wear. Or if you have existing cabinets and want to match cabinets to hardwood flooring, the same considerations apply.

Hardwood Opposites Attract

A contrasting match between your kitchen cabinets and hardwood flooring allows both elements to claim their own character. Lighter cabinets with darker floors impart feelings of comfort and peace, while darker cabinets with lighter floors feel more opulent. And like paint colors, you’ll want the two woods have similar color, sheen, and texture undertones. Similar graining will also help tie together contrasting woods.

Seek Expert Professional Advice

It’s important to consult an Artisan when you want to match your hardwood floors and kitchen cabinets. Here at Artisan Hardwood Floors, we’ve been helping Reno/Tahoe homeowners create beautiful living spaces for years.  Contact me right away, so we can start turning your dreams into a reality.


Sorin Giurca

Master Craftsman, Owner

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