Please help me choose flooring
This is my first post, so I hope I do everything correctly, especially posting pictures.
Last year we moved to a new area and bought a fixer-upper. Luckily for us, it still retained most of it's original 1971 character and beauty -especially in the kitchen. Z-Brick, paneling, faux red brick vinyl floor, a brown kitchen sink, a very cramped layout and a spectacular view of the toilet in the powder room! Yet we bought it anyway and have been very busy for the last 6 months. We've ripped out the Z-brick and paneling, changed the layout, and moved a wall and door so the toilet view is no longer. However, we are at a point where we need to put a 'band aid' on the kitchen so we can focus on other areas of the house and save money to buy new cabinets. We will have to live with the 'band aid' on the kitchen for 2 -4 years. Which brings us to my current dilemma.
I found laminate flooring at Costco that is well-reviewed and in our budget. However, I'm stuck on which color looks best. (if the floors hold up as well as reviews state, I may keep it even after we get new cabinets, which appeals to DH)
Option 1 -"golden aspen". I like the variance in color and I it brightens a room that is rather dark. However, all the other floors and woodwork in the house are dark, so I think it looks odd in the hallway and new doorways we've created. It also looks like laminate.
Option 2 -"vineyard cherry" I think it is much nicer looking flooring, the graining is nice and there is a subtle hand-scraped texture, BUT it is dark and doesn't brighten the dark room. However, we can put it in the hallway without it looking too jarring. The kitchen can now be seen from the front entry, so I want it to look decent.
PICTURES OF THE TWO OPTIONS ARE IN THE FOLLOWING POST. The black dishwasher will be replaced by a new stainless steel one. We will also be replacing the white countertops with the black sample you see in the pictures.
This post was edited by cedarburgcapecod on Wed, Jul 31, 13 at 16:23