Colors to Balance Very Dark Hard Wood Floors?

Colors to Balance Very Dark Hard Wood Floors?

Janel Laban
Jan 12, 2011

Q: My boyfriend recently bought a hundred year old, two family home in Buffalo, N.Y. The upstairs was covered in a shaggy pink rug circa 1970, and had to be torn up immediately, revealing hard wood floors beneath! We decided we could refinish them on our own, without realizing the immensity of such a task…

As we sanded them down and went to refinish, we discovered they weren't quite as nice as originally thought. There were a couple black stains and some sanding issues from a previous attempt. Consequently, we chose a darker stain to cover the imperfections, and after a single coat in a closet we thought it would be perfect. As you can see, however, the floors now are BLACK.

Redoing them isn't really an option right now, and won't be for a while. Any suggestions on colors for the walls that would bring this all together in a fun and cozy way? We aren't looking for something formal or dark, and were thinking *possibly* a rich blue and red combination of some sort. I don't really trust my own instinct, though, after how the floors turned, please?!

Also, I noticed on a lot of the posts that it says people need more information regarding one's own sense of style. He is a graduate student, and I'm working at a non-profit, so our sense! Vintage (aka thrift store, not high-end antique shops...someday. sigh) and hand me downs mostly, along with some art work from travels in South America and Africa. The problem is, we want to create a style in this new home and save up for nice furniture, and it seems like before we can buy anything we have to come up a color scheme or idea...

Sent by Marilee

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