When you're looking to decorate your living room, you want to use colors and textures to your advantage to create a welcoming, relaxing environment. This goes for every part of the room, from the biggest to smallest details; and flooring is one of the most important elements in your room that will set the tone for the rest of the design.
Flooring can be made from countless materials, but when it comes to family living rooms, you really can't go wrong with hardwood. Dark wood floors especially are dramatic and make a bold statement, but they're also classic pieces in design that will remain beautiful and stylish for years to come.
Living Rooms with Dark Wood Floors:
- Modern Minimalism
- Tasteful and Traditional
- Contemporary Warehouse Apartment
- Asian Inspiration
- Light and Bright Loft
- Sleek and Chic
- Cozy and Classical
- Warm and Welcoming
- High Drama
- Simple and Serene
- Neutral and Natural
- Form and Function
- Casual and Contemporary
- Urban Apartment
- Bold in Black
- Effortless Elegance
- Timeless Traditional
- Update and Upgrade
- 1960's Mod
- Bold and Brilliant
- Industrial Escape
- Eclectic Opulence
- Simple and Sophisticated
- Mix Your Tones
- Vintage Vibes
1. Modern Minimalism
If you're looking for a high-drama look for your contemporary living room, you can't go wrong with dark floors paired with light-colored walls. This ultramodern living room is an excellent example of how dark floors can create a big impact in a space.
Since the overall design style is relatively minimal and sleek, the beautiful dark wood floors become part of the main focus of the room and stand out against the light concrete wall features.
2. Tasteful and Traditional
When pulling together a traditional living room design, colors can make the difference between a bland and boring room or a hip and stylish scheme. In this living room, the designer embraces the dark color of the floor as a feature and coordinates the furniture and decor accents to compliment it.
Pairing the off-white furniture and walls against the deep, rich wood flooring creates a lovely contrast that feels chic and refreshing.
3. Contemporary Warehouse Apartment
Dark floors have the ability to feel both vintage and modern at the same time. This cool and modern loft apartment makes use of its dark flooring to create an industrial style that fits in with the warehouse architecture of the building.
The brick walls are painted white as a nice contrast and that color is pulled into the room with the white couch, which helps make the space feel more open, especially with the lights pouring in through the large windows.
4. Asian Inspiration
Taking inspiration from a certain area of the globe doesn't mean that your room design has to feel themed. This gorgeous living room makes use of its dark floors by echoing antique dark lacquer furniture and brings in Asian-inspired influences like the bright coral throw pillows to contrast the coloring.
The effect is a living room that feels both modern and traditional, taking inspiration from the past but feeling new and fresh.
5. Light and Bright Loft
This beautiful home has so much to love about it; from the wall wooden beams through the ceiling to the eye-catching chandelier or the stunning built-in cabinetry. But the floors make a big impact even with the rest of the features in the room because of how they stand out against the rest of the decor.
By keeping the rest of the design light and bright, the gorgeous dark flooring has an opportunity to shine and add an even more luxurious feel to the space.
6. Sleek and Chic
This room feels traditional with a modern twist, and part of that feel comes from the contrast between the dark wood floors and the rest of the white design scheme. This creates a stunning impact that makes the room feel modern, even if it has a more classical style.
One great detail is that the ceiling mirrors the flooring with planks flowing in the same direction as the floor, creating a reflection effect.
7. Cozy and Classical
Traditional design schemes offer classic comfort and style, but that doesn't mean they have to be bland or boring. This neutral color scheme is taken to the next level using the dark wood flooring as the main focus.
The bookcase, table, throw pillows, and other decor all stick to similar tones of brown that echo the color of the floor, pulling the entire scheme together.
8. Warm and Welcoming
This casual living room feels comfortable and inviting due to the rich browns and golds that work their way through the design. The dark floor is complimented well by the natural textures like the stone wall, leather couch, and wooden furniture that bring life and warmth into the room.
The floors in this room are dark to the point of black, and they pair strikingly well with the deep teal paint color. This brings a moody and modern feel to a traditional, Baroque-inspired room. I love that the sleek dark furniture and minimal decor add even more drama.
10. Simple and Serene
This sleek and contemporary apartment living room feels stylish and hip because of its minimal design and layout. The dark floors in contrast with the white walls and ceiling add to the stark design, but the variety of plants breathe life and joy into the space.
It's a great way to keep the atmosphere of your living room clean and relaxing without having it feel cold or stark.
11. Neutral and Natural
Eclectic touches make any house feel like a home. This living room is so bright and cheery, with the warm tones of the brown decor and dark floors adding to the natural, outdoorsy feel of the space. The glass doors to the backyard help to bring the outside in and open up the room, making it feel huge!
12. Form and Function
In any small room, it's important to use every square inch of space available to you. This cheerful space doubles as a living room and home office but doesn't feel cramped because every piece of furniture has a purpose (or two). Perfectly matching the dark floor and light walls to the couch help blend the room together and make it feel bigger.
13. Casual and Contemporary
With its warm lighting, rustic dark flooring, and whitewashed brick walls, this modern loft-style cafe can serve as excellent inspiration for your living room design! The aged dark wood floors compliment the bright red in the chairs and shelving and help tone down the color scheme so the room still feels relaxing.
The old-fashioned wooden furniture paired with the more modern industrial elements mix to create a relaxed and hip atmosphere.
14. Urban Apartment
This stylish and modern apartment is all about straight lines and solid colors, but the living room still feels vibrant and soft despite the cool tones of the color scheme. part of this is because of the rich and dark flooring and the furniture in the room that matches it.
The colors are dark, but not overpowering, and make the design feel sophisticated and just right for a small city apartment!
15. Bold in Black
Black flooring paired with black walls is a super bold and daring choice, but the scheme works because instead of embracing lots of different colors, the designer chose to work with texture to create lots of visual interest. Combining wood, brick, and metallic elements gives the room a modern industrial feel that still feels vibrant and hip.
16. Effortless Elegance
Knowing how to pair colors is one of the best things you can do to create the kind of living room you want to relax in. This historic living room and library uses a variety of browns, playing off the classic dark wood floor. To pair with the browns in the floor, trim, and walls, the rest of the decor, including the eye-catching furniture, are in soft, desaturated colors (I especially love the soft rose of the sofa and chair).
17. Timeless Traditional
You'll almost always find dark hardwood flooring in traditional design schemes, and for good reason; the look is classic and timeless, and adds warmth to the overall feel of the room. Check out this example of a traditional living room done right. The colors compliment the rich color of the wood and trim, while the diagonal planks add visual interest.
18. Update and Upgrade
This stunning living room shows how simply modifying the original features of an old building creates a fresh, modern new design. The floor planks are aged and worn down, and they almost look like bricks, mirroring the black brick wall behind the bookcase. What an incredible upgrade to an already beautiful room!
19. 1960's Mod
With its round shapes, saturated colors, and sleek minimal decor, this beautiful and artistic living room feels like it belongs in the mid-1960s. Since the design is eclectic and relies on a variety of different colors, textures, and shapes to pull the scheme together, the dark parquet flooring creates a stunning backdrop that's both casual and stylish.
20. Bold and Brilliant
This gorgeous and ultramodern living room is such an amazing example of how dark flooring can work well with bright colors in a fresh and new way. The designer sticks to a basic scheme, using the black in the floor, the white of the walls, as well as teal and red for a pop of energy and color. Together, the look is welcoming but energetic, and the perfect place to unwind!
21. Industrial Escape
This industrial, open plan apartment makes a bold statement with black floors, furniture, and cabinetry combined with aged, worn-down features on the wall. The decor and furniture pieces are streamlined and chic, with a few nods to old-fashioned, traditional decor (like those amazing wooden hunting trophy plaques!) but with a modern twist.
22. Eclectic Opulence
This absolutely stunning room mixes old and new with ease by showing off the best features in the room. The dark floors show off a beautiful antique parquet pattern made from wood tiles, while the space is brightened up with white walls and large windows.
For furniture, the designer combines simple, clean modern furniture with antique pieces that signal back to the room's historic features; the effect is a room that feels luxurious, yet streamlined.
23. Simple and Sophisticated
This living room is simple and rustic with only a few decorative pieces to liven up the space, but that doesn't mean it's boring. The cowhide rug compliments the dark wood flooring and the warm browns are pulled through to the wardrobe and couch to keep the room design united.
The wood flooring also becomes a focus because of its shiny finish which reflects the room and makes the whole space feel larger!
24. Mix Your Tones
One way to make the space feel alive and cohesive is to mix warm and cool tones in your color scheme. For example, take a look at this lovely city apartment in Istanbul, Turkey. The dark slate walls and blue-grey couches complement the city skyline, but the cool tones still feel warm and inviting because of the warm tones in the overhead lighting and wood flooring.
25. Vintage Vibes
Brown, especially dark brown, is the best color to go with if you're going for a classic, vintage atmosphere. The dark wood floor meshes so well with the rest of the design, from the leather chairs to the brick wall and dark brown decor pieces. The monochrome look transports you to the mid 20th century and the dark tones feel cool and classical.