How To Perfectly Mix And Match Your Upholstery To Your Flooring

It goes without saying that your flooring is one of the largest areas in a room and therefore you need to make sure that your flooring works well with your upholstery. What we will do is provide you with some top tips on how to make sure that your upholstery works well with your flooring, whether you have wood, carpet, laminate or even vinyl flooring. The first aspect to take into account is that this may not be as difficult as you think as most flooring has a neutral undertone.

The Rule

Interior designers have a rule that they follow to make sure that the colours that they select are evenly balanced. 60% of your space should be made up of your primary colour, so for example your walls, floor or ceiling. 30% of your space should be made up of your secondary colour and these can be aspects such as window dressings and soft furnishings. The final 10% should be your accent colour and this is related to any accessories that you choose.


Flooring plays a vital role on bringing your home and decor together. Consider striped carpets as these can help in an area of open space. There are a variety of colour options available when it comes to striped carpets so you shouldn’t have any issues in finding a stripe that works well in your room. Striped carpets are a favourite choice for stairs hallways as they can create a warm and welcoming feeling. If you go for a striped carpet then you will need to paint your walls in one shade in order to blend the two together. If you decide to go for a carpet that one colour then you will and you choose a carpet that a light shade then you will need to invest in some carpet cleaning chemicals to make sure that you keep the carpet looking at its best. If you are looking at renovating a workplace and not your home then you could look at commercial carpet which will be more hardwearing than standard carpet.


When it comes to shades of wood you don’t need to stick to one particular shade. You are better off having a mix of shades as this can help to enhance the difference. For instance, if you have a light coloured wooden floor, you don’t need to have the same colour furniture/ upholstery. You can quite easily go for darker colours. That said try and avoid using more than three different shades of wood in a room as this may look a bit overbearing. If you do go for light upholstery, then you will need to factor in having upholstery cleaning every so often. If you decide to go darker and for example update your room to have a marine theme then you need to consider some marine upholsterers when it comes to the upholstery and flooring which will work well with these shades.


You need to work out what the undertone of your flooring is before you decide on whether your upholstery will work. Wooden floors, laminate and vinyl flooring usually have a red, orange or yellow undertone which is warm or they may have a blue or grey undertone which are seen as cooler. What you will need to consider is that warm undertones work well with warm upholstery colours and vice versa for cooler undertones.  


It’s not uncommon to forget to consider your flooring when it comes to redecorating. It’s easy to get carried away with upholstery and furniture and get excited when you see offer on or discounted items such as a mattress sale or a bargain dining room table. However, you always need to consider your flooring when you plan to decorate or update your upholstery or furniture as floors can create a wow factor in any room.


You need to consider what grade your flooring is to be able to mix and match upholstery. For instance, if you have flooring that is rustic looking than your upholstery needs to follow this grade too. The way that grades work is that a grade is judged upon the marking on the surface of the material. Knots can be classes as a marking for example. Grades fall four into categories: rustic, natural, classic and prime. If we consider knots, rustic would have the most number of knots and prime would have the least. For upholstery and flooring to work well together, try and keep the grades as close as possible.


This may sound a bit obvious but it is worth collecting samples of flooring to ensure that it will work well with your upholstery. With these samples, place them against your walls or lay them on the floor to see how they look and if the colours work well together. Remember to do this in the day as well as the night so that you get to see how it all comes together under both natural and artificial lighting.


Try and separate the number of wooden surfaces that you have in a room and use a multi coloured floor covering to break up a wooden floor and a piece of wooden upholstery. Accessories are another way to break up a room and you can add a touch of colour to a room using accessories such as cushions and general decorative pieces.

Once you have sat down and had a good think about all of these aspects when it comes to matching your flooring and your upholstery you will soon be able to see how it’s possible to mix and match the two together.

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