Are you ready to refresh your home for the New Year? When it comes to the most popular paint and floor trends, think inspired color palettes that radiate tranquility, peace, and serenity. One of the hottest trends for homeowners is pairing deep, rich real hardwood flooring with airy pastels to create a fresh new look in a favorite room. It’s time to embrace the light!

Expect to find more and more applications of delicate pastels – pink, mint green, yellow or baby blue – which contrast nicely with still-popular neutral gray walls and crisp white tile and trim. There are so many clever ways to use these shades of color to create a dramatic effect:

Porcelain hardwood flooring from Hearthwood

Porcelain – Au Naturelle Collection

  • If you have light-colored flooring, either white or a light grey hardwood floor, like Porcelain from the Au Naturelle Collection of our engineered hardwood flooring, paint your walls to provide engaging contrast. You can create the illusion of ombre by painting the lower half of your wall a darker, saturated color, then choose your favorite complementary lighter pastel shade for the top portion of the wall.
  • Are you blessed with an abundance of windows and tons of natural light? Use that to your advantage by creating a bright decorating canvas. Paint your walls something light and neutral – white, off-white, pastel yellow or pink – to pair perfectly with either light natural wood or white or grey hardwood floor like White Rock from the Tennessee Trails Collection.
Evening Echoes from Appalachian Spring collection

Evening Echoes

Complete this dynamic scene by adding a colorful accent or two. This could be shelves holding bright colored vases or china, a vibrant piece of art, or even a dark wood island rising up in the middle of a kitchen floor built out of Evening Echoes from Appalachian Spring Collection, engineered hardwood flooring that’s water resistant.

  • Flooring trends are simultaneously embracing darks and lights. Want to brighten up your gorgeous dark hardwood? If you have engineered hardwood floors like the deep, dark browns and walnuts like Lodge from the Tall Timbers Collection or Eclipse from the Dynamic Earth Collection, don’t be afraid to make your walls a delicate pink or mint green for a subtly bold yet balanced room.
  • Maybe you want to stay in the neutral zone. A grey hardwood floor remains a popular option, as are whitewashes, blonde woods, and natural finishes. These stunning natural hickory planks, Pure Heart flooring from the Tall Timbers Collection, combine with virtually any décor, from pastel walls or deep hues. The only limitation is your imagination.

No matter what paint choice you choose to complement your Hearthwood engineered hardwood floors, stay true to your vision and don’t be afraid to try something new. You may just find the inspired refresh that you’ve been looking for!