Have you ever been dying to just let go with your opinion about something, but tact and manners and reputation had you biting your tongue until it almost bled? Well then, today's your lucky day! I want your opinion!
As most of you already know we're in the process of buying a house. (Yay!) We plan to pull up carpeting in what will become the dining room, as well as pull up an existing damaged laminate floor in the kitchen and lay new floors throughout the two rooms. I've been pondering over a few different images and can't decide which I like the best. Now mind you, I've only seen these images online. I haven't yet looked at any samples since the nearest home improvement store is over an hour away.
So...I want you all to weigh in with your opinions. Which one do you like the best? How do you think it will look overall in an area of several hundred square feet?
I'm not looking for opinions on laminate vs. hardwood vs. engineered hardwood. We've already done the research and had lots of discussion and for us, for this point in time and this house, laminate is our best option. Trust me, I would LOVE to have real solid hardwood someday, but that's just not the best option right now for a few different reasons. So, I'm just looking for opinions on color, texture, style, etc.
I've already decided I want something that has brown undertones and not the typical orange undertones of oak. I'm really drawn to different hues of Hickory. Hubby likes this Amber Hickory pretty well. He likes that it's a little more uniform in color and "texture." I'm not sure if it would be too dark though.
|(Lake of Bays Rustic Tan)|
I really like the rustic-ness of this one, but not sure if it would be too busy when done in a large area?
Here's another hickory option, not quite so rustic as some of them, and just a little lighter than the Amber Hickory.
This is another one I really like. It's different from the others in that it's not nearly as dark, but to me it seems to have a more authentic, aged, and charactered look to it. Hubby thinks the differences in colors might be too drastic and look too busy once two whole rooms are done in it.
1. Amber Hickory 2. Rustic Tan 3. Marcona Hickory 4. Bala Tan
Here they are side by side for an ever closer comparison.
And here are the two rooms it will be going in so you can picture how it will all flow from one room to the next. (Walls and trim will be getting a paint job and will no longer have yellow tinted walls and dark trim, but will become white trim and most likely tan walls for now.)
**Update** - after receiving several comments already, let me just come back and say that the kitchen cabinets will remain the same for now, but within a couple of years will probably be painted, most likely white.
So what say you? Which one would you choose if you were going for a warm, rustic, vintage farmhouse look? Do you happen to have anything similar to any of these in your home? Do you love it? Hate it? Think one is too dark or too light or too busy?
Speak up and let those opinions fly!