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Vibrant colors pair well with the natural tones of wood floors

October 21, 2013

Hardwood FloorsOrange and purple are among the colors that are often overlooked in home design. It may take more imagination to make good use of them in decorating, but if homeowners take the plunge they could be pleasantly surprised. Pairing bold hues with classic finishes like those on the hardwood flooring in Anderson's Mountain collection, may yield very distinctive decor.

While it's good to use neutrals and dark colors as main hues, being open to new ideas about room design can lead homeowners to experiment with a mix of eye-catching colors, accessories and furnishings. Even neutrals go beyond white or beige to various shades of gray or light brown to yield a richer background for bright accents.

Both neutral and accent
Too often, purple is discarded as too opulent for home decorating. But it's one member of the color spectrum that's versatile enough to be a neutral when it has a gray undertone and a bold accent in shades that have a touch of pink. A thoroughly contemporary hue, it works well with both vintage and modern furnishings.

Testing various shades of purple in a design scheme can yield some interesting combinations, according to Real Simple magazine. Light purples resemble pale gray in a monochromatic design plan and may be combined with darker shades for contrast. The range from lavender to plum shows the color's versatility and really pops when set against a complementary color like green.

For homeowners who are planning to install new floors, purple is a good complement to many natural tones in wood floors. Shades with red undertones tend to work best with dark woods, and lighter purples are a good match for light woods.

Nature's companion
Orange is an ideal hue to offset nature colors such as brown and green, but it frequently gets overlooked in favor of more subdued shades. When homeowners embrace the vibrancy of orange, they can include its derivatives - including peach or brownish sienna - to go with a range of citrus colors from lime green to sunny yellow. In outdoor spaces, it's a natural complement to flowers and greenery.

When used as an accent, orange coordinates well with virtually any neutral from gray to beige, strikes a vivid contrast to darks such as navy blue and adds flair to a contemporary black-and-white ensemble. In every case, it warms up the color it accompanies. Deep brown tends to tone it down to an amber shade.