Choosing the Right Color for your Floor Coating

So you’ve decided on the ideal combination for your room… But don’t forget about what’s beneath the surface! Basecoat colors have a significant impact on the final appearance of your FLAKE floor. Even complete broadcast applications can leave minor gaps in the basecoat, affecting the overall color of your floor. 

Use a basecoat that is comparable in hue and tone to the most prominent color in the blend to best display the colors in your floor. For example, if you’re dealing with a dark mix like FB-715 Nightfall, go with a neutral to dark gray basecoat hue. Use a tan basecoat for a majority brown blend, such as FB-517 Outback. Choosing a contrast is not suggested for optimum outcomes.

FB-715 Nightfall

Gray Basecoat

FB-517 Outback

Tan Basecoat

But, in blends with multiple hues, it may not always be evident which base color will work best. The overall hue of the final floor should be the decisive factor in these circumstances.

FB-968 Waxwing on gray base

FB-968 Waxwing on taupe base

FB-968 Waxwing on tan base

Consider the images above. You may notice a tiny variance in the general hue of the floor in each photograph. Despite the fact that the same blend is used, the overall hue changes with each basecoat. Because the blend contains both gray and tan, any of the three basecoats could work—it all relies on personal preference.
Though any of these basecoat selections would work, the taupe option allows you to see the most colors. The dark gray is not lost in the gray basecoat, nor is the tan in the tan basecoat. The colors are equally balanced because taupe is neutral and fits the general tone of the combination.

Taupe Basecoat

A light basecoat is strongly suggested for very light blends with a majority of white or light gray FLAKE. This ensures that the colors in the blend remain vibrant on the finished floor.

FB-4203 Jawbreaker on gray base

FB-4203 Jawbreaker on white base

The FB-4203 Jawbreaker is displayed on both a gray and a white base in the picture above. The gray base dulls the overall vibrancy of the blend, making the pops of color appear less vibrant. To keep the original brilliance of the colors, we recommend using a light basecoat like white or very light gray on Jawbreaker and similar mixtures. 

To recap, when selecting a basecoat color, consider one that is comparable in hue and tone to the most prominent color in the blend being used. If a blend can work with more than one basecoat color, choose based on the desired appearance of the finished floor. When in doubt, making finished samples on several basecoat colors can be an excellent approach to understand how the colors will appear in the final floor.