Dark flooring ideas to elevate your home’s decor


Dark floors, whether wooden or tiled, are a chic base to enhance your décor. They bring richness and sophistication to a room and create a timeless appeal.

Although it is often said that dark floors give the impression that a room is smaller, well decorated and made in the right way, they can add depth to space. If you choose a dark floor, combine it with light walls and bright furniture, unless you’re looking for an ultra-soft look.

From black floors to polished concrete, take inspiration from these spaces that advocate for darker foundations.

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1 / 10 An apartment in a 1917 building in Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay has been cleverly redone by owner and interior designer Hayden Crawford. Solid wood floors with rafters were used to give an impression of luxury and patterns.

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2 / 10 Originally intended to be a beach bathroom, owner Mariah has finally changed her design focus, opting for matte black hexagonal floor tiles for a classic yet modern look.

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3 / 10 It took a while for the owner to fall in love with this house of the Spanish Mission, but now, thanks to a renovation Arent-Pyke, it is a dream come true. The original curved wooden ramp was left intact and black planks were introduced to allow artwork and furniture to sing.

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4 / 10” It was a conscious decision to minimize the color and amplify the texture,” Lisa says of her historic cottage. A neutral interior offers clarity and calm.

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5 / 10 While respecting its heritage and the characteristics of the time, the owner of this Sydney terrace has injected a subtly modern aesthetic. Guy Maestri’s work in the hallway creates a striking contrast with the dark floors which are also offset by light walls.

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6 / 10 It takes a touch of skill to master this mixture of contrasts. Light walls and amenities have been combined with rustic wooden planks and period vanity in this earthy bathroom. “Combine the rustic with the bright or the bright with the dark until you find the right balance,” explains designer and owner Casey Bell.

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7 / 10 With its high ceilings and chevron floors, you can look like Parisian life in this Georgian-style duplex, updated by David Flack. The original parquet floor in the entrance sets the tone for the whole house.

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8 / 10 Polished concrete floors rub shoulders with a warm choice of furniture in this modern bohemian-style home designed by David Hanson Design and built by Arluca Construction.

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9 / 10 The guest loved the original paneling in the formal areas of his Georgian style home. Designer Alexandra Kidd reproduced them in the entrance, giving extra weight to the spectacular staircase with wooden steps tinged with a rich chocolate hue.

Photo: Maree Homer / Interior design: Decoroom Interior Designers / Styling: Kate Nixon / Story: Australia House & Garden

10 / 10 This narrow 1880s Sydney terrace exceeds its weight thanks to intelligent spatial design and a dynamic approach to decoration. The soils, once a mixture of various shades of honey, have been sanded and treated with Feast Watson Black Japan.

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