Decorating & Design

November 27, 2008

Choosing Bedroom Flooring

Q. I have a 30-year-old maple wood bedroom set that I love. It has a four-poster bed that has acquired a nice rich honey look over the years. I have also picked up a couple of antique maple pieces to go with it. Now my dilemma: I want to do away with the carpet and replace it with laminate flooring but I am absolutely stumped as to what colour to choose. Do I go with flooring as near to the same colour as the bedroom furniture, or choose something lighter, or even darker? The walls are wallpapered in blue and all the bed linen is a rich cream-coloured cotton. I can change the colour of the walls and bed linens easily, but when I see all the colours and stains of flooring available, I get overwhelmed.

— Louisa Stephenson

A. Trying to choose from the many different floor colours, stains and finishes available today can definitely be daunting. Depending on how “country” you want your bedroom to look, hardwood-look laminate flooring in the same honey tone as your furniture will unify the room, but will also result in a rustic, casual-country log home look.

For a more modern-country look, choose flooring in a dark wood colour to contrast with the maple furniture. If you want to stick with wallpaper, think about replacing it with a neutral colour, like a very pale sage or cream. A ticking stripe in those colours might be a nice change that will also offer a fresh country feel. If you decide to replace your wallpaper with paint, a creamy white would be a good choice.

Keep your cream bed linens to maintain the neutral scheme and add a little visual interest with a few pillows and a throw in a warm, complementary sage colour.