A blend of primary colours, the colour brown is a neutral tone that doesn’t actually sit on the colour wheel.
As we start to mix yellow and red with a smattering of blue, this colour begins to turn a rich, chocolate brown. A popular colour in many timber species including oak, beech and walnut, a chocolate toned floor offers a mix of comfort, earthiness and indulgence to a space. As a darker wood floor, picking the right complementing shades so that your space does not feel confining will be an important decision to make in your colour scheme. Here are the top colours that we think work best with a chocolate brown floor:
This combination of pale grey and chocolate is a popular and safe selection. The fresh and clean look of grey helps to modernize the traditional look of darker wood floors.
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When blending pale grey to a chocolate brown floor, be sure to look at the temperature and undertones of the grey. A green or blueish undertone works well with darker brown flooring whereas cooler undertones will help to offset the warmth of chocolate brown.
A somewhat retro combination, most shades of yellow, from canary to gold, work well with a chocolate brown floor. The bright and joyful tone of yellow paired with the comfort of dark brown is a contrast that always works well.
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Similar to black, selecting the the right shade and quantity of yellow to integrate will affect the look you’re going for. A lemon yellow is the ideal summer shade whereas a saffron yellow has a more calming effect.
The pairing of navy and dark brown is a masculine combination. Mirroring where the sea meets the earth, the coolness of blue and earthiness of brown is a combination that can already be found in nature. Together it creates a dark, moody and sophisticated interior, and is one of the edgier colour combos to opt for. In an interior with dark colours, you can also get away with and look to enhance the space with bolder pieces to make the room feel grander.
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If you’re looking to take the edge off and make it less intense, select a lighter colour like cream or white to help balance the space. Using this lighter shade on skirts, wall panels or pictures frames will help break the space up.