Choosing a Neutral Floor Covering

Neutral-coloured floor coverings provide a versatile foundation for your decor. Whether your taste runs more traditional or minimalist, our guide will help you select a neutral floor covering for your design style.

What is a neutral colour?

A truly neutral colour is neither cool nor warm. Black, white, and grey are true neutrals composed of other colours in perfect balance. Other like browns, tans, beiges, off-whites, and variants of grey have more apparent colour undertones. These near-neutrals are commonly referred to as earth colours.

Choosing a Neutral


Light and bright, a white floor can help to make your space appear bigger. If you go for white walls and ceilings as well, stop your interiors from resembling a doctor’s surgery by adding splashes of colour and texture. A white floor can be more high maintenance, so keep this in mind when making your decision.

Living room with white timber-look vinyl flooring furnished with modern furniture


A beige floor is not as stark as a white one but still provides a light backdrop for your interiors. Beige usually has undertones of yellow or pink and is a common colour in classical homes. Pair your beige floors with warm white or deep brown so they don’t look sickly. It also works well with shades of green and blue. The most important thing to remember about beige flooring is to light it attractively. When poorly lit, beige floors can look old and tired.

Children's playroom with beige carpet


Grey is an effortlessly chic neutral flooring colour that meshes well with trendy colour palettes. This elegant neutral is a great base for urban and contemporary interior styles. When picking a grey floor, look out for undertones. Cool grey has blue, green, or purple undertones and will make your space feel airy and light. Warm grey has brown, red, or yellow undertones and creates a more cosy feeling.

Minimalist bathroom with standing bath and grey tiles


Brown occurs frequently in nature, so it’s no surprise that it looks right with many other colours. It is especially beautiful in a timber or timber-look floor covering. Although it’s naturally suitable for rustic interiors, brown flooring suits numerous design styles, especially ones that feature saturated colour accents. Complement brown floors with furnishings in metallic, glass, or iridescent finishes for a glamorous lift.

Formal lounge room with rich brown timber-look vinyl plank flooring


As the saying goes, ‘black goes with everything’. Whether it’s an edgy timber floor or luxe glossy tile, black flooring provides serious dramatic flair. Pair black flooring with colourful accents for a more playful vibe or couple it with white for a classic combo. Want a less harsh effect? Try a floor covering in a charcoal shade.

Close-up of sofa sitting on black carpet

New Neutrals

Feel like something a little different? New neutrals bend the rules by including other hues from the colour spectrum. Pastels like sage, blush, lavender, and dusty blues are muted enough that you can still be flexible with your decorating choices. You’ll most likely find these colours in carpet, tile, and vinyl floor coverings.

Planter sitting on sea foam green carpet

Need more help with picking a neutral floor covering? See products in person at your nearest Andersens store or book a free measure and quote and we’ll come to you.

FAQs about Loose Lay Vinyl Flooring, Answered!

Loose lay vinyl plank flooring installed in a contemporary apartment bedroom

Loose lay vinyl flooring is one of the most popular floor coverings today, but as a newer option than carpet or tiles, customers still have questions about how to install or care for it. Check out our answers to some frequently asked questions about this innovative floor covering.

What is it loose lay vinyl flooring?

Loose lay vinyl flooring is a synthetic floor covering that can be installed without glue, staples, or a click lock system. It is usually made of a wear layer on top for durability, a photographic layer which bears the plank or tile’s design, and stability, filler, or grip layers underneath.

What is the difference between loose lay vinyl and vinyl sheet?

Loose lay vinyl flooring is available in tile or plank formats to called loose lay vinyl plank and loose lay vinyl tile respectively. Loose lay formats more authentically replicate the look of tile and hardwood floors. In comparison, sheet flooring is lower cost and is supplied in a large roll. Grout lines or gaps between planks are printed onto the design of the sheet but do not look as realistic as a loose lay vinyl.

Do I need to use furniture protectors?

Loose lay vinyl is scratch-resistant, but moving heavy furniture across the surface can still do damage. Because of this, furniture pads and protectors are a good investment.

Is it suitable for pets?

This innovative floor covering is scratch-resistant thanks to its wear layer and protective coatings. The higher the quality of the product you choose, the better it will hold up to the activities of even the most playful puppy. The sound-dampening characteristic of vinyl minimises the noise of your pet’s nails on the floor. Loose lay vinyl also enables easy clean up of any little accidents thanks to its waterproof quality.

Can it be sanded/re-surfaced/re-coated?

Loose lay vinyl cannot be sanded or re-coated as it is made from a synthetic material. Damaged planks or tiles can, however, be easily individually removed and replaced.

Will it expand or swell?

Loose lay vinyl is waterproof, so will not expand or swell upon contact with water like timber or laminate do. That being said, you should promptly mop up spills to avoid liquid seeping into any cracks between the planks or tiles.

Can I install it over existing floors?

Loose lay can be installed over any hard floor surface and long as it is smooth, sturdy, and dust-free. Note that when installing over tiles that grout lines may need to be filled in order to provide an even surface. We generally do not recommend installation of loose lay vinyl plank flooring over carpet.

Do I need to install underlay underneath?

An underlay is not essential when installing loose lay vinyl but you can install one to add cushioning and sound reduction for a comfier, quieter floor.

How do I clean it?

Loose lay vinyl plank is very low-maintenance. To clean, just sweep or vacuum, or use a damp mop and cleaning solution as suggested by the manufacturer.

Have more questions about loose lay vinyl flooring? Pop into your nearest Andersens store for answers from our flooring experts.