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

Wall Color for Hardwood Floors

by Sorin Giurca on November 30, 2017

The Best Combinations of Wall Color and Hardwood Flooring are Beautifulwall color

Hardwood flooring and wall color combinations can be beautiful, if you pair them properly.  Finding colors that complement each other before having your new hardwood flooring installed, can make your Reno/Tahoe home really stand out.

Today I’d like to discuss some of the best wall color and hardwood flooring combinations I’ve seen. Pairings which are the most popular and beautiful, for every room in your home or office.

How to Choose Your Wall Color

If you’re planning to redecorate a room, playing with paint swatches can be a lot of fun. It can be tempting to run to the paint store and look for a color to build your room around. However, I have found it is much easier and more effective to build your color pallet from the floor up.

Choose your hardwood flooring first. Then furnishings. Then window treatments. Once you have those dialed in, you can consider wall colors. You’ll choose a wall color to match or contrast with the tones selected far more easily that way. There are infinitely more paint colors and shades than there are wood tones and stains.

Wall Colors for Light Tone Hardwood Flooring

Light hardwood floors tend to make the atmosphere bright. Lighter hardwood flooring tones allow you a wide range of options in choosing the color for your walls. Here are a few tips:

  • Light and Neutral. Your walls and trim in a light and neutral tone look great almost anywhere.
  • Off White. Your walls will look clean and neat. If a stark white is just too clinical for you, tone it down with an off-white shade.
  • Simple Gray. Off-white too light for your taste? Gray is also a neutral color. Gray has a large number of undertones, so be sure to choose the tone that fits your decor.

Wall Colors for Cherry (Dark) Hardwood Flooring

Cherry hardwood floors are stunning. They’re always so rich and inviting. The wall color you choose to pair with them should be equally as beautiful.

  • Simple White. White walls on Cherry creates a striking contrast.
  • Sage or Olive Green. Green contrasts perfectly with red, making those colors a natural complement for rich cherry hardwood flooring. Just remember to avoid green shades with yellow undertones.
  • Cool Blue. Blue will create a peaceful space, making it popular in modern homes. It pairs perfectly with a cherry hardwood floor.
  • Reds or Terracottas. Warm colors will work well, unless you’re concerned that this pairing may be too intense for your style. Perhaps painting one wall as an accent, then the other three in the safer color. Use the accent wall as the focal point in the room; featuring a fireplace, or a wall of artwork.

Wall Colors for Oak (Medium) Hardwood Flooring

You should consider whether you have white or red oak before making your selection for paint color.

  • Red Oak. Red oak hardwood flooring pairs well with colors like yellow or apricot. Creating a warm, cozy effect. You might consider pastels, aquamarines and darker blues as well.
  • White Oak. A rich charcoal color on your walls will create a classy, formal look for your living or dining rooms. This flooring also looks good with pastel walls showing just a hint of color.

Allow an Artisan to Help You Chose

Hear at Artisan Hardwood Floors, we have a long and successful track record of helping people from all over the Reno/Tahoe area turn their dreams into reality. We will help you chose just the right hardwood flooring, install it in the most professional manner, then help you chose the best wall color combinations for that beautiful hardwood flooring.

Contact me today so we can start building your dreams.

Sorin Giurca

Master Craftsman, Owner

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