Here at Ozburn-Hessey, we spend a lot of time thinking and learning things about flooring. You could say that we are obsessed with flooring and the ocean of information about it out there. One of the things we have tried to stress in several of our recent blog posts is the importance of choosing the right color for your floor, whether that be a hardwood floor, commercial carpeting, residential carpeting, or something like laminate or vinyl flooring. You can control the perceived size of the room or change the mood of the people in it all by choosing different shades.
What is Color Theory, Anyway?
Color theory, simply, is a set of guidelines and things to remember about the way colors work with regards to light. These are more commonly applied in the worlds of printing and graphic design, but it can definitely be applied to the world of flooring as well. For example, lighter floors tend to make things look bigger, while darker colors tend to make things look smaller. This is a great thing to keep in mind when picking out the color for a main room, or one where the majority of the focus will be, like a living room, for example. Do you want the room in question to appear large and open, or smaller and more intimate and comfortable? Darker colors can also be used to give the impression of class, such as if you are using oak hardwood flooring. Two contrasting shades can be combined to make some interesting effects. This is particularly useful to remember when using ceramic tiles or modular carpeting, which allow for more direct control of the colors and materials.
What About the Rest of the Colors?
So darker shades and lighter shades have different impacts on the way the room feels, but what about the other shades and colors in the spectrum? The basic colors all come with a certain emotional response they instill in those that see them. Red, for example, is usually associated with boldness, sensuality, or even danger. It might not be the best color choice for anywhere where the focus should be somewhere else, because even a muted tone is going to demand attention. The cooler colors, such as the purples, blues, and darker shades of green, are a great way to incorporate the shrinking effects of the darker shades without sacrificing other color possibilities. Alternatively, warmer colors can make a small room look much larger and bright.
Understanding the way the color of the floor you use affects the space around it is one of the many great things about the professionals here at Ozburn-Hessey, since these are the things they will catch and help you with. In fact, it really is just the first step, since we will help you all the way, from design tips and practical suggestions to a worry-free installation. If you have been thinking about making a change in your home or office, give us a call and let us help you!