Existing cabinets and trim: The cabinets that are going to be in the bathroom will need to look nice with the flooring. While they don’t have to match exactly, they do need to coexist beautifully. If you have wood cabinets, you’ll want to stick with flooring that compliments such as:
- Oak: Shades of white, beige, brown (if your oak has brown undertones), red (for red and gold undertones), gray and black.
- Pine: Bold and bright with the floor being the dark space that anchors the room.
- Walnut: Since walnut is dark, you’ll want to lighten the room up with your flooring. Light blue, light green, shades of gray, white, and off-white are ideal. If your particular walnut is lighter, you can go a little darker on your flooring if desired.
Painted cabinets: Be sure the color or your cabinets blends well with the coloring of your flooring. If you have solid painted cabinets, why not pick vinyl flooring with a pattern that goes with the paint on the cabinets? Typically, the cabinets are painted darker than the wall or flooring but that isn’t always the case.
Existing walls: If you have wood paneling, follow the suggestions above on mixing and matching different types of wood. If your walls are painted, you can a shade lighter or darker in your flooring or bring out the color in your wall with a pattern in your vinyl flooring.
Adjoining flooring: Don’t forget to take into account the flooring that will be seen from the bathroom, whether it actually touches the bathroom flooring or not. Most importantly is the ensure there are no floorings that will clash such as two types of wood looks and finishes that are completely unrelated.