A cream or buff tone does a couple of things for a floor with yellow wood tones. For starters, it lets the hues in the floor take center stage. A lighter hue on the walls also lightens and brightens the rest of the room -- important when there are some windows but not an overabundance of natural light. Finally, a light, neutral paint color acts as a pleasing backdrop for other patterns you choose to use to complement the wood.
A yellow tone wood floor lands on the warm end of the color spectrum; in this room, a fetching blue hue supplies cool tones. Although the pair would seem to stand in unwelcome contrast, the combination actually creates a balanced effect. Another consideration with wall colors and a high-gloss yellow tone wood floor: Choose a matte paint option to minimize the room's shine.
When it comes to paint, an old-fashioned and easily accessible tool -- the color wheel -- combined with a few color rules are a great way to make quick work of choosing hues. An easy color wheel rule to remember is at play in this space: Those colors next to each other on the color wheel, which are called analogous, pair well together. Here, fiery red complements the orangey hue of the wood floor.
To enhance the hues already present in a yellow tone wood floor, go vibrant with a sunrise-leaning hue. The shade brings out the undertones in the wood floor, maximizing the light and warm cozy feel in this window-challenged space.
Another easy-to-use color wheel rule comes into play in this dramatic room. Complementary colors are those located directly across from each other on the color wheel. Here, that equals a rich midnight blue on the walls to complement a yellow-orange tone on the wood floor.The wall's hue also adds instant intimacy to the otherwise formal space.
Neutral paint often has undertones that give it a color cast that can work in your favor when trying to pair with yellow tone wood floors. Take this decidedly lavender-leaning gray: The warm cast to the gray-lavender walls helps balance and complement the floors. Bonus: Purple and yellow are complementary hues on the color wheel, making them perfect pairs in this space.
Both energizing and calming, this lovely teal hue lands next to yellow on the color wheel. In this room, the result provides a balance to the boldness of the honey-hue floors.