Harmonizing Dark Floors with Pale Decor

Harmonizing Dark Floors with Pale Decor

Susie Nadler
Feb 11, 2009

We love a pale, serene bedroom. White linens, neutral walls, filmy curtains: the whole bit. Somehow it's just easier to open our eyes in the morning onto a pale landscape. But the bedroom in our new home has dark wood floors, and at first the contrast felt a little jarring. Area rugs in the bedroom aren't great for the allergy-prone, so we've been looking for other ways to make the marriage of dark flooring and pale décor work. Here's what we found trolling the web in search of inspiration and tips…

This living room works beautifully—in part, we think, because of the brief gestures of black and brown in the artwork and throw pillows. And is it just us, or are the walls tinted slightly blue or gray, echoing the mahogany floor? (The cute dog helps too.)

Here again, subtle dark accents... seems to us that those little zebra pillows on the chairs are working wonders.

The black-framed artwork here makes an interesting geometric backdrop, which plays nicely off the relaxed, country vibe of the white furnishings.

Gray walls are a mid-tone between the dark floors and the pale ceiling. We love all the playful textures in here too—they soften the severity of the dark floor's effect.

The pops of color in these two spare bedrooms distract from the stark contrast between dark and white.

More inspiration, please! How do you manage to harmonize dark flooring with pale décor in your homes?

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