Please help me choose between these two samples of wood flooring!

nerdyhousewifeJune 28, 2012

Here are the two color choices I'm debating.

We have a hodgepodge of furniture colors in our house, so it's a tie as far as contrasting with furniture.

We have a traditional style house with white cabinets and woodwork.

I'm worried the one on the left might be too red or dark, while the one on right might be too yellow or rustic. However, these seem to be the best choices in our price range, given all the factors we have to consider (mainly, 2 large dogs and glue down installation over concrete slab).

Any thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated!

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oakleyok

I like the one on the left better.

Rustic is more on a darker scale, so I wouldn't worry about that if you're leaning to the yellower wood.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 12:16PM
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dedtired

Love the left. I don't see red or dark at all. Rustic is the word that came to mind for the one on the right.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 12:18PM
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Fun2BHere

Hard to believe that there's no offering without a pronounced red or yellow tint. I guess I would pick whichever one I liked best with the furniture in my public rooms. I have older oak floors that have faded out to that sort of yellow-orange tone. It works okay with my furniture which is all medium-toned wood, but I sure wish I could have a nice neutral walnut color.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 12:38PM
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nerdyhousewife

I agree it's very surprising that there isn't a warm brown option! I found a couple warm brown options in other brands, but those had a shinier finishes and more pronounced handscraping.

It may be the species - hickory. I saw so many beautiful warm brown walnut choices in the stores, but sadly, walnut is too soft and vulnerable for my two rowdy dogs.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 12:50PM
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peaches12345

The one on the left for sure. It's richer looking.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 12:56PM
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tfm1134

agree with everyone else. Love the darker one on the left. We just put down a floor similar to that one and were worried that it would be too dark but it wasn't and we love it!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 1:21PM
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nerdyhousewife

Thanks for the opinions! And thanks tfm1134 - that's reassuring to hear.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 2:24PM
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aktillery9

Gosh on my monitor the one one of the right has a warm brown look. I swear monitors are so difficult to trust. My friend and I were looking for a specific rug and her laptop and mine showed two totally different tones!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 2:27PM
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bronwynsmom

I'd choose the one on the left. If you have a lot of wood tones in your house, I think you'll like keeping the floor on the darker side to ground your things.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 3:52PM
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tuesday_2008

Definitely the left!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 4:00PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Left without a doubt.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2012 at 9:36PM
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oakleyok

NHW, you'll love the Hickory. I think it's the strongest wood when it comes to floor choices. We have two large dogs, and one dog has nails that can't be cut very short because of the "quicks" in them, and she's never scratched the floor. I have, but not the dogs. lol.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 11:26AM
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cyn427

The one on the left is my preference, too. Very pretty.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 2:47PM
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cyn427

The one on the left is my preference, too. Very pretty.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 2:50PM
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nerdyhousewife

Thank you everyone - you made a difficult choice very easy. I went ahead and ordered the one on the left. :)

Oakleyok: thank you for mentioning how your dogs haven't scratched the wood! I've been worried that the hickory won't be strong enough and I should have gone exotic... and I really didn't think exotic went with the house. So, hearing this calms my fears.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2012 at 5:25PM
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juddgirl2

Definitely the one on the left. It's very pretty!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2012 at 12:47PM
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