Gray is a mixture of black and white, but grey color is very rare in Nature. Wood has many and different appearances – a variety of colors, patterns and grains. Grey hardwood floors vary in many different ways depending on the species of wood, the intensity of the stain, and the variation of the coloring. Most often we see warm or cold shades of gray with hues of yellow, brown or beige hues in the warm end of the gray palette or blue and green tones in the cold end.
Grey hardwood floors – the unique properties of the gray color
Gray is a special color and has really unique properties as it can be used to create different atmospheres and visual effects. It can give a feeling of peace and stability and the peaceful effect of the gray is enhanced when combined with white or other neutral colors. Grey hardwood floors look very clear and are the perfect choice for contemporary interiors or formal rooms.
Darker gray shades are the ideal backdrop for intense bold color accents, such as red, for example, while lighter grey hues work extremely well in grey and white bedroom ideas, with yellow, pink and natural wood. This means that to achieve the desired visual effect, color combination and ambience in the room, one has to choose the right grey shade so that the overall impression is relaxed and comfortable.
Grey hardwood floors in modern home interiors
There is no doubt that hardwood floors add warmth and coziness to the interior of any room. Gray hardwood floors provide a great flexibility in terms of design as they can look rustic, traditional, contemporary – anything you wish. You could opt for weathered wood or for a wood finish in the desired shade of gray to make your floor stand out or blend it in the overall design of the room. For a successful and balanced appearance, you need to know how grey works with other colors. We shall give some basic rules for combining gray with different colors, but it would be best if you saw it next to the other colors that you want to use and then trust your taste and intuition to take the right decision.
As a rule, dark grey floors visually reduce the space while light gray and medium gray floors create an atmosphere filled with air. As far as style is concerned, gray works perfectly for modern styles, such as high-tech, minimalist or urban loft and the shades of gray are reminiscent of metal, concrete and asphalt.
Grey hardwood floors and color combinations
Here are some basic color combinations which work very well with grey floors:
Grey and delicate purple or pink shades look spectacularly beautiful, romantic and sensual. The combination is especially suitable for bedroom interiors.
Gray and blue combinations look stylish and elegant and work particularly well in living rooms. Blue accents are an especially good choice to enhance the grey color.
Grey floors and yellow accents create a bright and joyful atmosphere in the interior as the colors are contrasting and the yellow is connected with sun.
Gray and red is a dramatic and exciting combination which works well in minimalist and modern interiors while gray and green is a relaxing one, which is suitable for rustic style interiors.
Gray floors will work with green, beige, brown colors of the furniture and you will see fascinating and inspiring examples in the gallery below.
Herringbone pattern flooring in grey shades
Open plan kitchen and dining room
Modern dining room – grey flooring and white dining chairs
Black, white and grey – a classic color combination