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4 Easy Ways to Make Neutral Flooring Exciting

4 Easy Ways to Make Neutral Flooring Exciting


We’ve been in the flooring business for decades. And we’ve seen a lot of changes. But there are some things that never change. Like most people’s desire for neutral colors … even though it can be hard to make neutral flooring exciting.


It can be hard to choose a strong color. What if you get tired of it? What if you want to sell your home and have to replace it to attract buyers? What if it just looks odd?


Whatever your reason, we get it. And we respect you for it.


Out of all the hardwood, carpet, tile, laminate, and vinyl flooring we’ve installed in the greater St. Louis, Belleville, Madison and St. Clair counties, we’ve handled A LOT of neutral colors. But this doesn’t mean there are lots of boring homes in our area. In fact, it's the opposite.


While we love colorful flooring, we’ve seen neutrals done right. And frankly, it’s inspiring. Check out the suggestions below for creating a truly special environment that makes neutral flooring exciting.


Beyond Beige


Gray is the hot neutral now and with this (staying) trend, we’ve seen neutral color push the boundaries and provide consumers more “neutral” options. Blush pink, light blues, whites of all shades create beautiful neutral backdrops for homeowners.


Likewise, dark charcoal and navy can be gorgeous, high contrast spaces that are surprisingly neutral and soothing.


Tone-on-Tone Patterns


Patterns are popular and here to stay. Faux bois, linear, florals, organics, and small and large scale geometric patterns have popped up in carpet and tile for a while. The tone-on-tone pattern provides interest without being overwhelming.


It’s a layer of design that makes neutral flooring exciting without going extreme.


Texture, Texture, Texture


To keep a neutral room from looking boring, layer a variety of textures.


Even hard-surface flooring such as hardwood, tile, and laminate come in a variety of textures. Some are simply visual. Other textures, like hand-scraped and distressed hardwood flooring, can be seen and felt. You can add interest by installing hardwood plank flooring with varying widths.


Another way to add texture is with fabrics and accessories: a beautiful woven chest as a side or coffee table, a cable knit throw, embroidered pillows, a mohair covered chair. And so on. Get creative!


A Bit of Bling


Mixed metals are the current trend. In a kitchen, the hardware or lighting can be brass while the appliances are stainless steel. The tile backsplash can have flecks of silver, gold, or copper. And the result can be stunning without being overpowering.


Tone-on-tone patterned carpet in a bedroom might have a high-sheen yarn in the pattern that’s highlighted under certain lighting. Combined with beaded lamp shades, textural linens, and a crystal flower vase or water pitcher, multiple tones elevate a neutral room to something special.




These tips should help you make your neutral flooring exciting. Because your home is your haven, why not make the most of it! As always, we hope you'll consider us the source for all your flooring needs.