We have lived in this house 10 years and have never replaced flooring (aside from bathrooms) but that is about to change. The mis-matched carpet that is who knows how old has got to go! The subfloor I stained in lieu of adding actual flooring has seen better days. The flooring in the whole house needs to be changed. The only question is, what do I replace them with?
Let's move throughout the house and talk about options.
The Kitchen & Dining Area
Water is the issue and the hang up in this space. Hardwood doesn't seem like a good idea but I want hardwood in the rest of the upstairs. Maybe it is because I have lived with a patchwork of flooring for so long, but I would like my flooring to match at least all on the same level. So if I am not comfortable with hardwood in the kitchen, does that mean no to hardwood elsewhere? Thoughts? This is where you earn your keep and chime in ;)
Currently I have laminate but it is not very realistic looking. They have come a long way in 10 years!
The Living Room & Hallway
I will admit that even though I want hardwood in these areas and even though water is not an issue, I still hesitate. I have 5 good reasons and I birthed all but one of them. Having kids and a dog affect a lot of my decorating decisions including flooring. I have never lived with hardwood floors (my subfloors that are masquerading as hardwood are actually soft and easily scratched and dented), so hit me up with the cold hard truth. Do they ding and scratch? Will I regret the money I spent?
To be honest, I think I have already made up my mind about the stairs. Our house is old and our stairs are steep. I think for safety reasons, it would be best to do double pad and carpet. Do you think if I picked a carpet color that closely matched the flooring of the upstairs and downstairs that it would be alright? I have seen it done in expensive custom homes so I am assuming it is not completely taboo.
The basement is a lovely combination of mint green carpet, pinkish tan carpet, forrest green carpet, (all of which are stained) and concrete. The concrete is not level. I know, I know. You are thinking I won the flooring lottery with that mental picture I just created. Don't be too jealous. So here is my BIG question. How important is having carpet in a bedroom? Am I completely nuts for thinking of using a flooring that is not carpet? I will admit that there was a time that I thought you HAD to have carpet in a bedroom but I am warming up to other options.
I have given it a lot of thought and I think for the basement I am going to use the vinyl plank flooring that looks like wood. It is waterproof and super durable. In the nearly 80 years this house has existed, it has never flooded but if it ever did (the water heater and washing machine are both down there) it would be nice to have a flooring that could withstand it. I think it would be alright in the bedrooms if we used area rugs. I just don't like the idea of getting out of bed and having my feet touch a cold, hard floor.
And in case the mental pic was not enough, here you go in all it's ugly glory.
Alright, so what I am considering (but I am open to other ideas) as of right now is...
Upstairs either laminate or vinyl plank flooring. I just can't commit to hardwood because of the kitchen and because I am scared they would dent and scratch easily. Carpet on the stairs that matches the laminate and then vinyl planks in the basement with cute area rugs in the bedrooms. If I did a different type of flooring upstairs I would try to match the coloring as much as possible to the flooring downstairs.
Am I the only one who stresses about flooring matching or what type to get? I would love your input! Please tell me your flooring stories. I want the good, the bad and the ugly :)
So many of you talked about the wood looking tile that I thought I would address my thoughts in the post. I am hoping that some of you who have this tile can address my concerns and tell me what you think of it.
First off, I think it is stunning. STUNNING! I walked in a flooring store the other day and they had large boards tiled in it and even when super close it I thought it was wood. So the look is not my hang up. I have two concerns. First of all, when I have lived with tile in the living area in the past, when something drops on it it either shatters the item or the tile itself chips. If this tile chips, is it the same color throughout? Will the chip be noticeable? Tile seems to be colder than other non carpet choices too.
Also, I HATE tiling. I would have to hire it out or go the OCD in me would go crazy. Two little bathrooms nearly did this momma in. Hiring it out would increase the cost so that makes me hesitate. I am cheap :)
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