Did I mention to you that we’re planning a little renovation work in The Country House come Mid-June? Let’s start at the floors. This is the first project that we’re taking on day one of the renovation -after we do a bit of demolition- of course! On the main floor the current owners have installed ultra-industrial Flexco Flextone Rubber Flooring. It looks really cool and seems to wear well – however, they’ve selected a smoky-blue color that has been subject to cats, large dogs, shoes, wee-ones, and their toys. In my opinion, it’s time for a fresh start. Flexco flooring is incredible because it is installed in large square tiles (available in 12-in. and 18-in. squares) which can be heat welded together following installation to create a seamless look. While it does provide the wear and tear that we’re looking for, we’re thinking that we’d prefer to make it new, clean, (and ours!) by installing natural flooring that will give the main living area a homey feel.
We intend to refinish the floors on the upper level. They are currently a very dark Jacobean brown, and the children’s rooms are painted high gloss white. I want the entire second floor to be one uniform color, so we’ve selected a nice medium to light walnut color. This particular stain is by Minwax and the color is called Provincial. Of course, I am going to spot test the color before we go whole hog and do the entire thing, but I like how the darker parts in the wood hit a nearly black color while the lightest parts remain very light brown.I do not love the floors upstairs enough to go to the expense of installing wood floors on the main level. After the experience I had in our last apartment (the finish was bad and far too dark a stain in regards to maintence!) you’d have to pay me to install wood floors in an high-traffic area again. Pre-finished wood flooring is out for us – we both loathe it. Sorry if you have it, but it doesn’t feel real under one’s feet or substantial enough for our taste. I am also not impressed with how it wears. So… with all those points, we’re leaning towards some sort of stone flooring for the main level.
poured cement floor image links 1, 2,
Poured concrete flooring is an eco-friendly, beautiful, durable and efficient surface which creates a low maintenance floor. Heaven knows, I love that idea! The last thing I want to do when we arrive in the country is to feel like I must clean the floor right away. Natural concrete can be customized with the addition of dyes or stains. (FYI: I am partial to neutral grey) I know, you all will say “But it is cold, hard, and un-welcoming!” Right? Just remember, there will be Oushak carpets, area rugs, lots of upholstered furniture, and colorful art to warm it up!
The Nyla Blog posted these photos from the Dwell House yesterday. They seem to be some sort of tile. I really like the semi-modeled look created here without getting into too much pattern. On Twitter, I told Nyla that I am flooring obsessed and she did a little material sourcing for me. So, with that budget crusher, I am still on the hunt. I am currently looking at soapstone tiles, limestone tiles and similar grey-ish stone flooring that has a brown undertone, not green or blue. I’ll let you know once I have found one that makes my heart sing! As you know from previous posts, I am a big believer that the kitchen counter and the flooring (while they don’t have to match exactly) should be the same tone.
kitchen images via houzz
For instance, you shouldn’t have a caramel colored counter and a light beige floor. You can absolutely get away with honey colored floors and a grey counter top, as long as when you squint your eyes, it reads as the same intensity. Having the horizontal planes in the room keep the eye moving around the space, without jarring distractions. I have made a habit of utilizing this design element in my kitchen renovations and it tends to work quite well. Obviously, the kitchen renovation is an entirely different post – but the images below are what is inspiring the renovation.
kitchen inspiration clockwise from top left: House Beautiful, Create Girl, Houzz, House Beautiful, Bedlam of Beefy
As far as I know, we’ve committed our hearts to dark cabinetry and carrera white marble counter tops – but then, if I want to utilize my little design theory… what to do with the flooring in our kitchen? The galley kitchen is situated in the very heart of the home. You can see it from practically every room. Perhaps we’ll install a carpet of carrera marble mosaic down the center of the galley? I guess it’s just a glimmer of an idea until I have the rest of the main floor sorted out!
P.S. for those of you who worry about putting carrera in the kitchen, read this Apartment Therapy post. I promise you, I am very tidy. xox