Mixing Existing Hard Surfaces with New Decor

In a perfect world your tile floors, countertops, and wood flooring would never go out of style. But that is not usually the case. The secret to Mixing Existing Hard Surfaces with New Decor is to not ignore the elephant in the room. It’s better to harmonize with the old hard surfaces, not to completely ignore them.

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In this room the pinkish tile is balanced with a creamy ivory wall color

Tile Floors and How Mixing Existing Hard Surfaces with New Decor can Transform The Room

Having tile floors that are not the right color is a problem many people have. The dilemma, the home was built 10-15 years ago. The tile floors now look dated but are still in great condition. However, if you are not able to replace the tile either because of the cost. Or maybe not wanting to deal with the large undertaking of removing them. As design professionals, we work around the problem. For instance, the way we approach this situation is by selecting wall colors or wallpaper that are complementary colors to the existing hard surfaces. In other words, looking at a color wheel and selecting a color on the opposite side of the color wheel as the flooring will tone it down.

Mixing Existing Hard Surfaces with New Decor Sandra Asdourian Interiors Naples FL

Working with Hard Wood Floors

When you have hardwood flooring there is the option for refinishing them. For instance, you would be able to customize the color to suit your decor. However, if refinishing the wood floors are not an option. Choosing elements in the design that blend and compliment the floors. In the case of the room below. We selected a mixture of grays and brass metals to overall balance the honey oak wood flooring. The complete design harmonizes with the floors beautifully.

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Granite Counter Tops and Your Design

The same is true for countertops in a color granite you don’t like. By painting the cabinets white with undertones that are on the opposite side of the color wheel you will, in essence, neutralize the unwanted color. For instance, imagine you have golden brown granite countertops with golden wood cabinets. By painting the cabinets a warm buttery white tone the cabinets will appear muddy. However, if you were to paint them white with pink undertones. The golden brown granite would be less prominent in the kitchen.

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Mixing Existing Hard Surfaces with New Decor Sandra Asdourian Interiors Naples FL