What color to paint walls with black hardwood floors

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My floors are a black hardwood. What color should I paint my walls to lighten up the room?
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  • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Nov 08, 2015
    Hi Vickie! Well the most obvious answer to that question is white which would provide the brightest walls. But, it really depends on the furniture and the light sources already in the room. There are so many shades of white now, in tones from pinks to yellows to grays that are still quite bright, but are toned down a bit so the contrast from dark to light isn't quite so drastic. Do you have any pictures of the space to share?

    • Vickie Vickie on Nov 08, 2015
      @Sue@CountryDesignHome That's what I was thinking. I like the light grays. I don't have a pic yet, as it is a house I am buying. Thanks for the reply.

  • Tera Whiteley Lumeyer Tera Whiteley Lumeyer on Nov 08, 2015
    Blush, a soft kiwi, mustard yellow is bold but can def make a statement and would look stunning, and china red for bold. You can add all kinds of accent pieces of different colors to broaden and/or soften. Always think about what colors you're going to add.

  • Delanie Delanie on Nov 08, 2015
    I, too, have black hardwood floors and we painted our walls the most beautiful color of tan/beige/gold called "Parchment Gold" in Valspar from Lowes. It is very similar to "Safari Tan" by Ralph Lauren or the original "Tobacco Road" by Sherwin Williams. Tobacco Road is now a different color, so I didn't buy it again. The tan/gold/beige really warms up the space and looks gorgeous against the black floors. It changes tone according to the light, but always stays neutral so it can be a backdrop to any color scheme you want to go with. I absolutely love this color, especially with my black floors!

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 08, 2015
    Honesty your paint colors should be chosen based on the amount of light in the room as well as your furniture colors.

  • Lori Saenz Lori Saenz on Nov 08, 2015
    Light grey

  • Margaret Gili-Morales Margaret Gili-Morales on Nov 08, 2015
    We used a colour called Oriental Silk. Its a beautiful soft yellow, recommended to us by a designer. It's put out by Benjamin Moore but you can also get it at Home Depot or Lowes with the formula, which can be had at Benjamin Moores. A beautiful colour.

  • Alicia Milton Alicia Milton on Nov 08, 2015
    I think first u should consider ur style. R u eclectic funky, industrial, clean and modern, light and calm, or bohemian chic? Or do u like primitive or country, beach vibes or nautical, traditional english classics... U get the drift. Once u uncover ur style that will lead u to an array of color choices. Along with ur existing hardcase furnishings, and extra lighting can always be added to layer in light...and dont forget u can always layer on rugs to brighten ur space. Have fun!!

  • Sherry Marcotrigiano Sherry Marcotrigiano on Nov 09, 2015
    I would do light gray with one accent wall 2 shades darker.

  • Jean Jean on Nov 14, 2015
    Black, white and gray décor is very hot right now and can be done in many styles (eclectic, modern, industrial, minimalist, classic, etc., etc.) - why not keep the walls white for now and see how stuff accumulates then go with that? Think of a gray sofa with black and white accents (throw, pillows), plus a black and white print wing chair, various shades from white to gray to black prints on the wall...then maybe a few pops of some bright color to your taste (maybe yellow, maybe turquoise, maybe tangerine), The possibilities seem endless...but I'd start on Pinterest and see if you can find something that appeals to you. I have an aunt who redid her entire house in white, black and gray and she says the best thing about it is that pieces are interchangeable from room to room! It's quite stunning actually with nice clean lines. As you are starting with a black floor, she started with dark gray 'hard' (berber or short tight weave) carpet. Good luck!!