Choosing a new floor is not like choosing a new paint color for your walls; it’s a long-term commitment. For many homeowners, this can make the decision process stressful. At Floor Coverings International of Mentor we have helped countless homeowners find the perfect match, and one way we do that is to get them thinking about the best color for their space. Here is a quick guide to floor color theory to help you decide on your new floor.

Light Colors

Light colors have the effect of opening up a room and creating the illusion of space. For flooring projects in smaller rooms, we recommend selecting a lighter flooring color to avoid visually shrinking the space. They are also great for areas of your home that receive less light throughout the day like your basement. You can also think about the atmosphere you want to create in the space. Light colors are typically considered to be happier and can bring a sense of calm to a room.

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Dark Colors

If you have a large open space in your home, this is a good place to install a darker colored floor. Dark colors can make a large room feel more cozy and intimate. From an interior design standpoint, dark colors are a trendy flooring choice that is great for homeowners who enjoy the visual effect of contrast.


One of the most important things to consider when it comes to selecting a color for your new floor is the color of the flooring that already exists in your home. If you have dark flooring throughout your home, installing light flooring in one room can make the home feel disjointed. To maintain a nice flow from room to room, it’s best to select a floor that fits into the same color palette.

Take The Next Step Today

If you’re ready to install a new floor in your home, contact our design experts at Floor Coverings International of Mentor for a free in-home consultation. We will guide you through our extensive flooring collection and help you find the perfect match. We are proud to serve Mentor, Painesville, Willoughby, and Cleveland and the surrounding areas.

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