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When my husband and I first moved into our home the kitchen looked like this (only half the wall as tiled, and you can’t tell in the pics, but the tile was applied individually- all crooked and covered in glue!):
Then we painted and tiled, and made the most of it. Now that I’m finally approaching finishing the degree I decided to go back for, I’m looking forward to re-tiling the floor. Its a total hassle, but our is a terrible colour, old and chipped. I’m thinking some sort of light gray, but would love suggestions and pics! I don’t want to overwhelm the small space, but I hate teh white that shows dirt immediately. The grout is gross too.
Here is what our kitchen looks like now (we’re sinced swapped out the artwork for real canvas artwork). I also eventually want a new kitchen table:
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@FoolsintheRain: I have almost the same tiles in my kitchen and I hate them!!!! They show like every speck of dirt and crumb possible. Maybe you should get a darker type tile to match the backsplash. Is the colour in your kitchen a red or an orange?
Post # 4
I think a charcoal gray tile or slate floor would be pretty
Post # 6
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@FoolsintheRain: I love the look of wood floors in a kitchen. If you do a shade substantially darker than the cabinets, it’d look awesome. Laminate flooring is the BEST in my book – it’s affordable, looks awesome, durable, etc. When we have guests at our house, nobody ever guesses it’s laminate until we say so.
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@lolot: I am obviously a huge fan of laminate (just installed a whole house full) if you look at Home depot they have some options that are grey toned instead of brown or blond which would go really well with the tiles! good luck!
Post # 8
@lolot: awww your picture isn’t showing for me!
The challenge with a darker wood is that our living room next door has birch wood flooring. WOuld it look strange?
Post # 9
Thanks! The colour is like a burnt red. More red than orange.
I was thinking slate, but I’m worried about makin
Post # 10
@sweetchiquita12: *making the whole room too dark. While I like the red we chose, the quality of the paint isn’t great, so I’m open to repainting too if you have other colour suggestions!
Post # 11
@FoolsintheRain: Laminate may look good but it is not normally recommended for kitchens. If there is any amount of moisture ( water spilled for example) the laminate will swell and be deformed.
You can now buy both vinyl and porcelain tile that look so much like wood that you can’t tell which is which. I would find one that works with the birch wood flooring. It will make a seamless expanse of wood on the main floor.
Normally I would say match the birch flooring, but your cabinets are so light, it would be kind of boring to have the same floor.
Another option would be to paint the cabinets and match the birch floor with tile.
Post # 12
@lolot: Second the laminate. It’s the first thing everyone notices about our house (“nice floors”, “wow they look expensive”, etc etc) I think they look great in any room at any house. We have 3 different laminate color/types in our house (it was like that when we moved in) but the small dividers in the doorways make it nice and cohesive yet still seperated. Plus even with 2 huskies and not cleaning them as often as we like to admit … they always tend to look pretty clean and shiny.
Some google/pinterest images:
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
@FoolsintheRain: I don’t know if you mean “slate” as in the color, or “slate” as in the rock, but as someone who has slate-rock tile floors in the kitchen I have to say NO!!! Lol. They look really nice, but since slate is a foliated rock that peels in layers, the rough texture makes it IMPOSSIBLE to sweep. The crumbs just don’t travel with the broom bristles/swiffer, they fall into the divets and don’t make it over the next “hump” in the texture. I even try to vacuum it but the uneven surface is rough on my vacuum’s wheels and it still doesn’t suck up the crumbs. I really really hate the slate tiles and wish the previous owners had never installed them in my house!
This is what I’m talking about:
(Not my floor/photo)
I like the look of laminate floors in a kitchen, but they’re not waterproof enough in case of, say, an accidental water puddle that forms under the fridge. A nice porcelain tile would be better/more durable, and they now make tiles that look shockingly similar to real wood. I’d look at that!
Post # 14
@aggie2010: I had slate floors in my old home and hated them too! Impossible to keep clean and I felt like I was mopping and steam cleaning them every day and STILL couldn’t catch all the crumbs etc. That kind of flooring belongs in the backyard only – no clue why people put that inside of homes.
Post # 15
I vote something darker. Engineered hardwood walnut (something where you can see the grain and the planks are a bit wider would be ideal) or maybe darker grey tiling would be my vote. I hate laminate with a passion–it doesn’t do well with water and in my opinion looks every ounce the poor cousin of the real stuff. Is there any way to change the cupboards and appliances? They’re the real culprit in making your kitchen look dated, I think… If you can change them, I’d personally go for white/cream cabinetry with either black or stainless steel appliances… but I totally understand that replacing everything might require a lot more than you can spend!
Post # 16
@cali_cat: Thanks for the feedback! I never thought of that!