Color Design for Basement Flooring

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Color Design for Basement Flooring

When you start thinking about design for your basement flooring, the same will always hold true as if you were designing any other flooring.

There are three basics that you will need to adhere to: form, pattern and color.

Form deals with nothing more than the physical shape of the flooring material that you are planning for.

Pattern is just that, the pattern for the flooring that you have in mind whether it will have a stone, tile, or whatever look you might decide upon.

But more on that later as probably the most important and powerful design feature that you will need to key in on above all else is the basement flooring color.

This is really part 2 of a 3 part series for basement flooring design:

  1. Basement flooring design with color
  2. Basement flooring color choices
  3. Basement flooring forms and patterns

Why is color the most important? Simple. It’s typically the first thing that anybody notices when you walk in a room. This includes the basement and the color of the flooring that you choose.

Not only that, the color of flooring could instantly affect your mood and how you feel about being in a basement. To effectively use color in your basement flooring design you must understand the design elements of color: the shade or tint, the hue’s and the value.

The first thing to understand about flooring color is the “hue” that you are looking for. Hues are nothing more than the pure colors so to speak. Red, blue and yellow would be hues, in fact they are what is called primary hues.

People tend to get hues and shades or tints mixed up all the time. Shades and tints altogether though are not so different than hues as a shade or tints primary makeup is a hue. Here’s the simple facts of it all.

A shade is nothing more than a darker form of the original hue and a tint is just a lighter form of an original hue. Shades and tints are made by adding either black or white pigment to the primary hue respectively.

Pink is a tint of red and navy is a shade of blue. Make sense?

Where people tend to get lost the most on basement flooring color is the color value in the design element. The value of a color is nothing more than how bright the color may be.

Bob Dylan, I think that’s who it was, said it best as “shades of gray”. This is in essence the color value. In other words, if you took a color and put it in a black and white picture, how would it show up.

Typically, darker colors generally have lower color values while lighter colors tend to have higher color values. Darker color valued flooring will tend to make a basement feel smaller.

Lighter color values in flooring will open the place up more and make it stand out.

Hopefully this will give you a better understanding on basement floors and what you can do with colors. So, what’s your idea for the best basement color flooring? Drop us a comment here at Basement Flooring Guide and let us know.

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