Post # 1
We are currently shopping for new flooring for our home. We bought it new 3 years ago but it has the builder basic vinyl in it and I hate it. We’ve finally saved up for new flooring and the dilemma I’m having is that MOST of what we’re seeing now is wood with some sort of texture/distressing to it. I know that this is super popular right now and I personally love the look– but I’m a little worried that in 10 years it will date the house. The particular floor we’re looking at has a 25 year warranty, so I’d sort of like to know that we’ll like it as long as it lasts (and/or it will be a selling point and not a detriment if we sell in 8-10 years as planned).
So tell me: Do you think this is a fad that will go out? Or do you think this is a look that will age well?
And because pictures always help, this is our current kitchen/entryway area:
And these are the floors we are about to pull the trigger on (taken from a low angle to show the texture as much as possible). It is 5″ boards and hickory wood:
Post # 3
Idk if it will make your floors dated. But I know I bought house (70 yr old) with the original natural hardwood and theyre pretty beat up and I am constantly trying to buff them up. I think it could affect your resale.
Post # 4
Yes, but if you love it, will you care?
Post # 5
I love it and so it wouldn’t matter to me if it goes out of style. If you like it you should go for it. The only reason I would be hesitant is if maybe you plan to sell the house at some point – but honestly even then I wouldn’t think it would hinder a sale too much. I do think they will eventually go out of style, as with most things
Post # 6
Do you have any pictures of it installed showing a larger space? I’m personally not a fan,especially of the wider boards anyway. They look more ‘rustic’ to me, and I’m not so sure they really go with everything else you have in your home. Aren’t you more contemporary in style?
For an investment in the long term, I’d stick with something that is a more popular and classic choice.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
Personally I’ve ALWAYS love “rustic” style but its definitely a fad among the general public…
Post # 8
I personally think it will date the house, but if you love it…go for it! People decorated their homes however they wanted throughout the years, and you should too.
Post # 9
I think it is more widely prefered, resale wise, to have “new” looking wood floors. Some people love the rustic thing, (I know I do) but then it has to be a total package. I think your kitchen is way too modern looking to pull it off. It would look very mismatched.
Post # 10
I think the distressed look will go out. I mean it hasn’t been something people have wanted for more than the last .. what 10 maybe years?
I pulled up the carpet in our 1920 house, pristine wood floors with inlay. I would go with real wood, but not distress. I always think about selling our house so we make the changes needed based on that. Not that we are flipping.. but if we get a job opportunity and need to move, I don’t want to be yanking up floors.
Post # 11
I like the kitchen, and also like the flooring you chose – but the flooring doesn’t go well with the kitchen as is. If you go with that flooring I’d recommend new cabinetry or paint your existing cabinets white.
Post # 12
I think it is hard to know what will or will not stand the test of time or what will be a trend. But I can definitively say that if you get a wood that isn’t distressed and will get scratched by your dog’s claws, that it will be far less attractive than hand-scraped floors and will be much more likely to turn off buyers in the future. Are you just putting in the wood in the kitchen area? You might want to look into a wood-look tile. Seriously, some of those look amazingly like wood and would wear a lot better with a dog than any hardwoods.
Post # 13
@ItWasntMe: Here is a pic from the website showing the floors installed in the whole room. I do think this particular selection isn’t nearly AS distressed as a lot that are out there. but it still is definitely of that genre.
@joya_aspera: This is what I keep trying to tell myself. Because I do REALLY love it. And more importantly maybe, I don’t love anything traditional that we’ve found. We really looked hard for a traditional finish hickory in this color and couldn’t find anything! like 75% of the stock out there is hand scraped right now so it just limits the options for everything else and I don’t want to compromise on wood species or color.
@lolot: if you want to move to ohio in about 10 years, i have a house you may be interseted in then…. haha 🙂
@GoldfishPie: I hadn’t really thought about the style of the house vs. floors. I feel like they’re putting the floors pretty much everywhere these days. And I’m really NOT a decorator or good with those things so I don’t know that I would’ve even known what style my house is except “cookie cutter” haha. Do you think there are things we could do to our existing space to make the floors fit a bit better? Or do you think that with what we’ve got in terms of layout and cabinets and whatnot the house just IS contemporary and won’t change? Sorry if it is a dumb question but I’m so bad at decorating, seriously.
Post # 14
@namarie: You know that is a GREAT point and I should’ve said that up top and forgot. Another reason we were thinking this wood might be good for us is that we do have a dog (and will probably have more). This will hide the inevitable wear a lot better so it might be better for us regardless. And no, not just in the kitchen. It will be either on the whole first floor or perhaps the whole first floor minus the great room (which would be carpeted). So, entrance way, dining room, kitchen, breakfast area, and half bath.
Post # 15
thats what our kitchen,dining room, pantry and off the kitchen bathroom floors are! We love Them. I’d say go for it!!
Post # 16
I think distressed floors will look far more dated than hand scraped, but both will look a bit dated.
But seriously who cares?
Pantone puts out “colors of the season” every quarter and promote colors of the year that you start to see in fashion and decorating industries. Certain patterns and motifs become popular and wane with time.
Whatever you do is going to look dated no matter what. Even something like satin nickel vs brass vs antiqued bronze.
You can’t please everyone, so you may as well please yourself.