Here's the short answer: For dark woods, go with lighter colors, even going as pale as beige or white. For light-colored floors, you can go with deep green shades, blue, or many shades of purple.

Deciding on the theme of the room

The color of your carpeting can make the room look bright and contemporary or dark and like something out of an Addams Family movie, but it's not just a matter of harmonizing with the floor. To keep a cohesive look, you also have to balance all the hues in the room, such as walls, sofas, and other upholstered furniture and accessories.

If you are thinking about running over hardwood stairways, consider the undertones of the other woods, such as cabinets or humidors; for instance, if they have red undertones, you don't want to select a clashing color like a cool lime. Now would be a good time to invest $20 in a color wheel; they're available at hardware stores.

Some colors go with both light and dark wood floors

It depends on the saturation; for example, you could go with a light blue or lavender for dark wood floors or a darker blue or purple on light floors.  Light blue brings a light and airy feeling to the space and provides a nice contrast, and you can even go with orange on a dark floor; it looks sensational, gives the room a warm and sunny feeling, and, honestly, adds some pizzazz.

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