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How do I Choose the Color of Laminate Flooring?

Dear Bob and Betsy,
There are so many choices! Can you help? How do I choose the color of laminate flooring for each room in my home?
– Rebecca B.

Dear Rebecca,

Choosing your floor coloring is a big decision. Unlike paint, once you choose your floor coloring, it’s harder to change over time. For this reason, we encourage you to start planning your room décor by choosing the floor coloring first.

Here are a few questions to ask while choosing the right flooring for your home.

What is the style of your room?

Different styles call for different types of laminate flooring. Here are a few general ideas to get you started.

  • If you want a beach style room, try a lighter wood or a whitewashed wood color.
  • If you want a traditional style room, try cherry or oak wood coloring.
  • If you want a modern room, try a grey or black laminate floor.

The flooring sets a tone for the style. Choose the type of flooring that matches best with your specific taste in overall décor.

What type of artwork do you have in your room?

Sometimes it’s easier to choose flooring color based on the type of artwork in a room. Look at the pictures on your walls and determine the color scheme in the images.

Are there bold, bright colors? You might want a more modern style of floor. Are there neutral color tones? Then you might want to choose a more rustic color for your floor.

What type of furniture do you have?

Furniture will sit directly on your floors so it’s crucial that they match. If you have painted furniture, it’ll be easier to match your flooring color than if you have wood furniture.

With wood furniture, try to vary the color of your floors enough so that your room does not look overly uniform. For example, if you have dark wood furniture, you might want to choose a lighter wood floor.

Once you’ve narrowed your search, request a free sample from Best Laminate. We’ll send you the flooring so that you can see it in your own space, with your current wall colors, furniture, and upholstery.

Get this free sample before ordering an entire roomful of laminate flooring so that you don’t have to hassle with returns or the expense of a poorly matched color.


  1. Hi there, Sandy! Thanks for your question. We would suggest using our room visualizer tool to view different floors in your space. If you are looking for something that is not busy and is neutral, COREtec Calypso or BEstlaminate Livanti Woodridge Northern Oak are both beautiful beige floors that give a simple design. If you have any further questions, please reach out to our customer service team and they will be happy to help you! We also send up to 5 free samples on our website where you can see the actual flooring in person!

  2. I cannot find a laminate that looks good next to my blue pine walls. Just built a cabin. Bought the blue pine for walls. My furniture is dark wood with rust brown colors. I cannot find anything that doesn’t make the small space look busier. The walls are busy and I want a simple design floor. I would prefer something that doesn’t show dirt easily and simplifies the space. We have many grey days without the sun and a long winter. Any assistance at all would be so appreciated.

  3. Hi Julie, thanks for the question! Send us a photo of your room to [email protected] so we can get a better idea of your space 🙂

  4. We currently have honey colored laminate in our kitchen and dining room. The rest of the house has carpet. I want to replace all of the carpet with laminate flooring but don’t think the honey color would look great in the living room, as we have a large stone fireplace, a medium brown wooden ceiling, and dark wood furniture. I think dark brown laminate with some light rugs would look the best but can’t decide if that would look ridiculous flowing into the honey color? Any suggestions?

  5. Hi Jared, thanks for the question. Often people like the same look throughout a home, but it’s totally personal preference. I would choose a similar color if you can’t find the exact same.

  6. I’m remodeling my home to sell and I’ve put down wood laminate in the kitchen and the living room. Now I’m tearing out the carpet upstairs and in the hallway and was wondering if it should be the same color as the rest of the house are do you typically change it or does it even matter LOL. Sorry not good at interior designing I just know how to do the work

  7. Hi Laura, thanks for the question. I think golden or natural hues would look great as a base. You could also do greige for a bit of light contrast or a medium brown may look good. You can upload a photo of your room and switch floors in and out with our room visualizer! Check it out here:

  8. dear bob an betsy: my living room furniture, such as the end tables, fireplace, etc. are expresso colored, the sofa is camel colored, the walls are white and the accents are burgundy,. Do you have any suggestion as to what color wood/laminate floors I should install. Thank you for any advice you can give.

  9. Hi Gail, thanks for the question. It will depend on what look you’re going with. You could do white flooring or maybe a dark wood. Here are some options:;

  10. We are looking for a laminate wood flooring to tone with antique pine furniture please. Can you suggest any

  11. You’re welcome, Max! If you’re still looking for grey or black flooring, we recommend checking out our grey flooring and black flooring selections. Another suggestion would be our line of Elesgo Supergloss floors, which are VERY modern and really make a statement! Feel free to call us if you have any questions or need help ordering – 1-800-520-0961!

  12. I’m going to have some laminate installation services done in our home to get our now flooring put in, but we haven’t decided what color we want. I really like how you talked about doing grey or black laminate for a modern style room. We’re going to be doing laminate installation on the first floor of our home, and my wife has things decorated in a modern style, so I think that black or grey would be great for us! Thanks for the help!

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