Post # 1
Hubby and I are closing on our first house in a few weeks. The home was built in 1987 and requires some cosmetic work and updating. We are repainting the entire interior and replacing all the carpeting on the main floor with hardwood (except the kitchen which was re-tiled a few years ago by the seller) as well as the hallway upstairs.
I’m currently torn between Mirage’s natural red oak versus their natural white oak solid flooring. We do have oak finishes in the rest of the house (staircase and kitchen railing) which I don’t plan on painting immediately and would like flooring that is complementary in warmth/tone and traditional in style.
I plan on painting the interiors with Sherwin William’s repose gray (a soft warm gray) with white trim and baseboards and keeping the ceilings white.
I have attached some photos of the first floor (furniture is seller’s) Would love to hear everyone’s input and recommendations.
Post # 2
One of the photos didn’t post so I’m adding it in this thread.
Post # 3
I think you will regret not laying hardwood in the kitchen. The tile looks dated and makes everything else look dated, too. If you lay hardwood throughout the main level and include the kitchen, you will have a nice flow with fewer seams than if you change your mind later about hardwood in the kitchen.
Also, are you keeping your kitchen cabinets that color? The cabinets are very nice, but I’m not a fan of the blonde wood. If you think you might paint them or otherwise change down the road, I think you should choose a hardwood color that you like for long-term, rather than one that complements everything as it is now.
Post # 4
I agree with the above poster. I would replace the tile. That is a very dated look. We have hardwood in our kitchen and it helps with the flow of the flooring throughout the house.
Do you have pictures of the floor colors you are looking at?
The new house is beautiful! Love all the space!
Post # 5
Thanks bees. I agree about the tile in the kitchen. Unfortunately, the cost to break up/remove the current tile as well as the kitchen railings (since they sit on tracks on top of the tile) to put in hardwood puts us over our short term budget for house renovations.
For now, I’m planning on having the kitchen cabinetry + kitchen railings repainted professionally (probably in a white/darker gray palette) to give the kitchen a facelift.
I’ve attached photos of the red oak (first) versus white oak. You can also search the mirage natural collection online to see samples. The red oak is a little more warm/golden.
Post # 6
I’m not sure if it exists where you’re from BUT
In Australia there is a paint app ‘Dulux’ which i’m not certain is aus only have an app where you can take a photo of a room and you can change the background wall colour to their paint options! Which I have used and has worked for me! 🙂
Post # 7
missouthernbelle : I agree that seamless flooring is better and honestly I’d pull up the tiling too and replace it with wood.
I know you are worried about cost but as someone who started off a, few years ago not knowing a nail from a screw, I’m telling you that pulling up tiles is easy to do yourself as a DIY job. You hire a big skip bin, a wheelbarrow and get yourself a jackhammer, a mallet and manual tile removing tool. It’s honestly messy work but easy once you get the hang of it. If your floor is left slightly unlevel once you pull up the tiles you can then get a few bags of self leveller and pour that so you can get your new floor put on top.
I’d honestly consider doing the tile removal yourself and get the whole house done with uniform flooring. If you don’t want to do that then I’d wait 6 months and save the extra you need to have the full job done. The tiles in the kitchen look dated.
Post # 8
Are those pictures of raw wood? Would you apply a stain to the wood? I’m not liking either of them to be honest.
Post # 9
I like dark wood floors best, personally, so that would be my top choice, but given the options I’d go with the red oak.
And the tile in the kitchen does not look bad! A bit dated? Maybe. But it’s a perfectly good floor, it’s not cracked or grungy. If you don’t have the budget for it right now, don’t sweat it! Just leave it, enjoy your space, and replace it in a few years if you want to.
Post # 10
Looks like you have lots of lovely light in there. I’d go with the red oak for the floors.
Post # 11
going2bmrsc : in Australia you can also get a dulux colour consultant to come to your house and pick colours for you. They charge you 149 dollars up front but then you get cashback for every litre of dulux paint you buy up to 100 litres. If you are painting the inside and outside of your house you do use 100 litres of paint and with the cashback, the colour consultant only costs you 49 dollars out of pocket. The dulux colour consultant we’ve gotten to do our houses is an interior designer by trade. She is fabulous. We were thinking of having our roof resprayed a different colour but she told us to save our money and she worked with our roof colour and our house looks amazing. It used to have a red roof with charcoal grey gutters, baby poo colour walls and an adult poo coloured front door. 😩 She was worth every penny and she saved us 4k on roof painting. She also helps you pick your tiles/flooring/cabinetry and stuff too if you have samples ready for your appointment.
I had no idea that this service existed but it’s something I tell everyone like a Public Service Announcement because its amazing what the right colour paint can do and picking paint colours usually has most people twitching in stress. 😂
Post # 12
No, the wood is finished. These are stock images so not the best quality. Mirage is a popular hardwood selection so if you google their natural line you will find plenty of images.
What type of flooring would you suggest?
Post # 13
I would go with the red oak. It has more depth and character than the white.
I’m sorry but I have to agree that you should just get it all done now and ditch the tiles. The white oak will look fantastic with white cabinets after you paint them and put new hardware on them.
Post # 14
Where I’m from it’s very uncommon to put hardwood in a kitchen, aren’t you bees worried about possible water incidents (overflowing sink, dishwasher accident etc) damaging the wood?
The tile is not the most fashion forward but it’s absolutely fine for now, as are the cabinets, I would leave them as is for now..buying a home is a lot of expenses at once, do the floors and wall paint now as that’s easier to do before everything is moved in and put away. I would use those cabinets for a while and then when you have enough money for it you can give them a more modern face lift! I would also use the tile up for a few years and eventually change it to a different style.
I love your color choice, I considered it too abut eventually went with Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. We did dark hardwood floor because I prefer darker floors, but from your choices I would go with the the white oak, I’m not a fan of the golden tone of the first one.
Post # 15
Hard wood in kitchen is very common PP. Tbh I prefer a darker wood