So we’re in the process of picking out flooring for the new home. When I first starting designing my dream kitchen, it included things like white cabinets, light countertops, stainless steel appliances, and dark hardwood flooring.
Why? Because I’m not one of those moms that can mop the floor three times a day after each meal. Or even after breakfast and dinner when we’re actually home I guess.
I’ve heard darker flooring shows everything.
Like every little spec.
Uh yeah, I couldn’t handle that. I have to honestly admit that in our old home I swept the floor maybe once or twice a week. I don’t have a crawler and we’re not that messy of eaters.
But I’m afraid the new dark expresso flooring could show everything. And that would drive me crazy.
But of course I still want something dark to contrast with the cabinets, countertops and appliances. Last week I found some upgraded vinyl that kind of looks like slate. LOVE the look, and the price was nice (we need this to cover the kitchen, breakfast room, hearth room, laundry room, back hall and powder room).
I’m not completely sold on vinyl again, but we could always upgrade down the road. And I would still be getting the dark contrast, but I’m hoping that the lighter shades mixed in would help hide any lingering crumbs.
Now for the foyer and dining room I’m actually thinking of sticking with a darker hardwood flooring. I figure these rooms have much less traffic on a daily basis, mostly since we’ll be entering through the garage door at the kitchen when it’s just us. Plus an area rug is always an option for both spaces.
We stuck with actual hardwood here. No laminates or engineered. I though there would be a huge price difference, but I was quite surprised. Some laminates were actually more expensive than real hardwood. And some upgraded vinyls were more expensive than hardwood. Who knew?
Oh, and I have to mention that there are some amazing vinyls out there. We found about 50 different options that looked like hardwood flooring (like we had in our old kitchen, only way better with wider planks, actual texture and not-so-easy-to-tell patterns).
As for the formal living room, family room and all bedrooms we’re sticking with carpet. I have mixed emotions about this as well, especially the formal living room and family room. But alas, I’m not made of money and had to cut certain things. They say when buying a new home…
Stick to structural.
You can upgrade everything else later.
This is oftentimes a hard lesson since you want to move in and have absolute perfection. Yeah, not gonna happen here. This house will be a dream-home-in-progess. And I’m ok with that.
So, what are your thoughts on flooring?
Do you have a love-hate relationship with your dark flooring?
Do you like carpet or hardwood in family living spaces?
Do you despise vinyl?