Laminate floors have come a long way from the photocopied look of the 3-planks-in-one-board from just a few years ago. Now it comes in a single plank so it looks so much nicer. Irene (my design associate) is beginning a renovation on her house this Spring and she is installing laminate floors.
Smart, because she is renovating to sell and then buy and do it all over again. Also, she’s in a neighborhood where people don’t necessarily expect to see wood or stone when they are buying a home. Of course a lot depends on how high-end your home is to begin with. If you live in an expensive neighbourhood where home buyers expect stone countertops when they walk into your kitchen, quartz is a much better plan than granite for re-sale. Choosing granite for a kitchen that is not for you is like selecting a plaid sofa to your taste, and expecting the next homeowners to not only love it but live with it for the next 15 – 25 years.
Anyway we got to discussing the colour she had chosen. We both agreed that anything we had seen in medium brown was blotchy and mostly bad so that was out. Espresso brown is already yesterday because that trend is over and installing laminate anywhere in the gray realm will simply be dated eventually as well.
So the most timeless laminate? Something in the realm of a light maple, like in my 2 examples above. It will also work well with grays and all the bright pops of colour we are all painting our houses these days.
If I ever come across something in the medium tones that’s beautiful, you’ll be the first to hear about it. If you are reading this and have already discovered one, please post the link in the comments below!
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