Our First Home – Flooring and Paint Color Input!

posted 2 months ago in Home
Post # 16
570 posts
Busy bee

Just adding that I meant RED oak in the 2nd part of my previous comment. 

Also, engineered hardwood is what most people are using these days and it’s perfectly fine in kitchens. 

Post # 17
164 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2019

If you’re doing muted grey for the colour on the walls, then the floor needs to be neutral toned, red won’t go and will look dated… 

+1 for just spending the money to do the kitchen floor now too. The hassle of that once you’ve moved in will be insane. Plus, if you’ve ever painted a house and done flooring, the best way is to rip up all the floors, do your paint prep, paint, then put the floors down and touch up the paint. Just when it comes to potentially ruining a good paint job, or ruining new floors (the best part is there’s no need for drop sheets if you paint with a bare floor!) 

Post # 18
1050 posts
Bumble bee

What looks dated to me about the kitchen is the whole wall of wooden cabinets, that’s very 80s-90s, I think once you paint it white or grey, and the walls to a complementary colour (cos the current yellow green colour looks dated too), I don’t think the tiles are going to stand out as much if at all.. it’s just basic white tiles. And I think with the lighter wooden flooring, it won’t stand out that much. I personally feel like dark / red wooden floor is a bit heavy and rich, you’ll need to balance it out with light coloured walls and decor, so of course depending on what feel you’re going for, I quite like your light wooden floor for a bright airy look. We’ve got similar coloured flooring at home (not real hard wood floor lol… ) and it makes the whole place look more spacious with the white walls an cabinets.

Post # 19
392 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I like both hardwoods but think that the white oak would look best with grey walls and white trim because they are all cool tones. I had a warm wood floor in my previous house which I really liked, but the walls were a warm colour too. 

It’s unusual where I’m from to put wood floors down upstairs – won’t it be noisy?

I’d also leave the kitchen for now f you can’t afford it! We’ve spent sooo much money on our house and that wasn’t a fixer upper :-$ 

Post # 20
1300 posts
Bumble bee

missouthernbelle :  Are you sure that first picture you posted is of red oak, because it doesn’t look like any red oak I’ve ever seen.

White oak is a very trendy choice.  If you want to keep a traditional feel to the house, go with red oak.

That said, painting the cabinets white or grey is also a very trendy choice.  While white is always classic, grey is definitely going to give it a 2010’s vibe.  And a good paint job is going to cost at least $7,000 for all those cabinets, and if you get quotes for less than that, the paint isn’t going to last.  You’re also never going to get the same finish as a factory finish.  I’m pointing this out so that you don’t spend a lot of money only to be disappointed in a few months when the paint starts denting and chipping.

I would also wait and extend the hardwood into the kitchen.  Or if you don’t want to do that, look into having the grout lightened.  The contrast of the dark grout is what looked dated.

Post # 21
6653 posts
Bee Keeper

missouthernbelle :  I like the white oak best of your choices (although I tend toward darker woods myself). I can go either way on running the hardwood through the kitchen. If you don’t have the money now then you can always do an updated tile later. I LOVE hardwood in the kitchen, but my husband does not, so we just did a gray tile in our recent renovation and it looks awesome. We also put in new cherry cabinets so we have the warmth there instead of the floor. 

Are the cabinets in rough shape that they need to be painted? Literally EVERYONE has white or gray painted cabinets. It’s classic, but also pretty boring tbh. New hardware and a backsplash can make a big impact for little cost. 

Post # 24
6653 posts
Bee Keeper

missouthernbelle :  and you’re painting the kitchen? I think the yellow isn’t doing it any favors. A gray that’s a little darker than the backsplash would help it pop more. I think you can add a thin layer of lighter grout over what’s there, but just as the folks at your local tile shop. I would lighten the grout, paint the walls, change the hardware, and probably change out the lights, and THEN decide on painting the cabinets. Wood cabinets aren’t dated in an of themselves – it’s what they’re paired with. 

Post # 25
9072 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think the kitchen is totally fine. I mean good lord not everyone has $50k to spend on a renovating the whole kitchen. I’d maybe look into painting/lightening the grout and replacing the curtains. Live with the cabinets for a while before you think about painting them IMO.

Personally I would go darker with the wood floors though. Those blonde colors are very…taste specific? And I feel like they’d show a lot of dirt.

Fwiw my parents had hardwoods in the kitchen and after a few years they looked like crap in front of the fridge and sink from people dropping things/overall wear. I prefer tile.

Post # 26
164 posts
Blushing bee

missouthernbelle :  white oak. Do the white oak. It will compliment more what you have now, and when you paint the walls a grey hue. I agree with PP, and I feel that you’re already on a great track with the direction your home is going to look cosmetically. Good luck wiht it all!

Post # 28
2301 posts
Buzzing bee

If I were going to do one cosmetic thing aside from what you’re already planning, I’d update the light fixtures and/or add recessed lighting, especially in the living area. 

While I don’t love the kitchen tile, I’d stick to budget. Lightening the grout & painting will make a huge difference, as will getting rid of the weird window treatments & dated furniture.

Replacing the tile isn’t urgent, and I think your money would be better spent on making other upgrades or putting in your house emergency fund for when you find out you need to redo a sewer line or replace a water heater or whatnot. 

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