Hardwood floors and cabinet color

glorydays_2008September 21, 2008

For those of you using hardwood floors in your kitchen, did you choose a stain similar to your cabinet color, or did you go with a contrasting floor color.

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jennabanenna

ebony floors, cabinets neutral/cool stain, carrera marble top. Ive seen both similar stains and contrasting ones. I'll have pics in a couple of weeeks.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 9:00AM
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ccoombs1

I really prefer a contrast. I used red oak cabinets, stained fairly dark and quartersawn white oak floors that will be unstained.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 9:05AM
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susanlynn2012

ccoombs1, The contrast in your room with the dark stained oak cabinets an the unstained quartersawn white oak floors is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 11:57AM
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raehelen

I thought I was going for a slight contrast, but my Tigerwood floors have darkened enough that they are now close in tone to the maple cabinets. I have a fairly small kitchen- 10X15 + 10X10 eating area, so I think the tone on tone works, and I have contrast in the dining furniture (I think it may have been TOO monochromatic if furniture blended with floor). Plus, I have a dark granite countertop...

In my LR (which is bigger), I have darker furniture on the Tigerwood floor, and I like the contrast there.

I don't think there is one answer for every situation- though supposedly the trend is going away from contrast to more tone on tone.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 12:20PM
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igloochic

I have cherry (natural) cabs and jacobean walnut floors. I prefer the contrast in any kitchen personally.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 1:09PM
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melanie1121

Hi, I also went with a contrast...Red Oak Natural Floor with Cherry Pecan Cabinets. I do not have it installed YET (soon) however this is a nice photo of contrasting cabinets and flooring (not my kitchen):
Best of Luck, Melanie1121

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 2:08PM
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lukkiirish

contrast. Otherwise everything just blends into each other and there's no "pop"!

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 4:11PM
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pbrisjar

Contrast here, too. Light cherry stained Ash cabinets with red oak floors stained red mahogany.

The floors will wind up a bit darker once we're done.
From Kitchen

The dark area in this shot is what we'll eventually have everywhere:
From Kitchen

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 4:49PM
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alku05

I truly believe it's best to have a contrast in either color, tone, or pattern (wood varigation). For our kitchen, we chose a floor with a good amount of varigation to get the contrast we needed. Otherwise, your cabinets and floor just melt together and both fade into the background.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 5:14PM
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susanlynn2012

I just love all the floors, the ones with the contrast adn the kitchens with the tone on tone look. Rachelon, do you have any more pictures of your Tiger Wood floors? Your kitchen is beautiful with them in there.

Alku, I love your floor. Is this Brazilian Cherry?

Melanie121, As I told you before, I just adore your kitchen and love your kitchen cabinets.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 8:15PM
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Raehelen

I like your counter, what is it called?

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 8:35PM
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redroze

I actually don't like too much of a contrast between the hardwood floors and the island. I don't like the "floating island" effect that happens, which is one of the many reasons why I decided not to do a travertine floor with our dark stained island. However, I do really like the contrast between our dark hardwood floors and white painted perimeter cabinets.

Our hardwood floors are dark but have a darker grain, and we chose the stain for our island based on the grain. So they still tie in together in a subtle way.

(Our white toekicks aren't in yet, and ignore the poly lines at the base of the island. We have to scrape those off by hand - dreading this although DH will probably end up doing it.)

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 9:30PM
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susanlynn2012

Melanie, Sorry, I just read this was not your kitchen but I see you are trying to have a kitchen like this. I love it.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 12:44AM
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alku05

Lynn2006, my floors are a laminate designed to look like brazillan cherry.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 10:24AM
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jaymielo

We went for contrast also. We have QS white oak cabinets stained with MW Red Oak and QS red oak floor with no stain.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 10:35AM
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jessie21

alku, could you share the product you used for your floors? they look stunning and while i'm waiting for my counters to come in, i'm trying to pick a nice looking laminate for the floor. so many choices, it's so hard to pick!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 10:40AM
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jessie21

bump....

hoping to find out from alku05 what brand/collection of flooring she used!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2008 at 7:23PM
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alku05

Jessie21, you have email!

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 9:55AM
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jessie21

got it! thanks alku!!!

    Bookmark   September 23, 2008 at 12:41PM
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