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Opinions on flooring choices, please?

Posted by raee (My Page) on
Sat, Feb 9, 13 at 13:14

My small kitchen in my small 75 year old home is getting a new floor along with the new layout, lighting and cabinets. This is a smaller budget project which adds to my dilemma. I have contemplated materials like:

1. Duraceramic (ruled out until/unless I find it for less than I've seen so far ($7-8 sf)
2. prefinished hardwood (red or white oak)
3. prefinished cork

I would like to avoid standard vinyls. The cabinets will be shaker white, the counters hopefully solid surface.

My question for you is, what do you think is best in choosing a floor visually compatible with the older flooring in the house? Trying to match the stain as closely as possible, going with a compatible but different color, or going in a different material direction entirely (ie cork)?

Although the kitchen is a separate room, in this small house the doorway is visible from the main living area and would butt up to the red oak dining room floor. That was refinished about 12 years ago, and was not stained a particular color but has aged to a nice warm shade -- and a shade that will not be quite matchable in the prefinished colors available (it doesn't see to have quite the red undertones of all the samples that I've brought home).

It also has the defects of an old floor that likely wasn't top grade to begin with (my house was an early version of pre-fab) so varying gaps between the boards etc.

so, I have been thinking that it would be better to go with either an oak floor in a brown shade, not quite as dark as chocolate, though, because the kitchen is small and only 1.5 windows. Or, cork, if I can find a pattern not too swirly or bulletin board like in a medium brown or dark golden.

I do worry whether a new prefinished oak floor, even if a different color, will make the older floor look bad.

What say you?


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RE: Opinions on flooring choices, please?

Sounds like a wood floor of some sort might be nice. I saw something once that was used to make a transition between flooring colors: it was an inlay strip where the floors changed, made of wood, that incorporated the colors of both the floors into the pattern. I thought it was really clever and looked great.

Something like this. You can search for inlay floor and find lots of stuff from different companies.


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RE: Opinions on flooring choices, please?

What a cool idea! Thanks Deedles. So you think a different color in oak? perhaps like the cocoa brown I've been imagining?


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RE: Opinions

What a cool idea! Thanks Deedles. So you think a different color in oak? perhaps like the cocoa brown I've been imagining?


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RE: Opinions on flooring choices, please?

I think you could do whatever worked with your cabs and then specify the woods and colors you wanted in the inlay strip. If you do this, please post a pic, I'd love to see it!


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RE: Opinions on flooring choices, please?

A friend of mine did something similar to deedles suggestion in her old(+150 years) home. She used a very wide board stained a dark brown as a transition strip between her family room and foyer and her kitchen. The flooring in the two space is the same wood species, the foyer/family room is new oak, the kitchen is old oak boards, none of the oak is stained. The boards in the two spaces also run in different directions.
The spaces are clearly different but the transition seems very natural.


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