Every time I consult with a client on colour for a new kitchen floor, I always steer them to hardwood over tile, cork, marmoleum or vinyl. Why? Because hardwood is like jeans, it pretty much goes with all colours.
There’s nothing neutral about any of the other flooring choices. So, if you choose an orangey cork floor to tie in with the rest of the oak flooring in your house (for example) you now have an orange floor in your kitchen, and that becomes a “fixed” colour that you must consider as part of your colour scheme.
As I mentioned in this post, the days of defining each space with a different flooring choice is over. In my mom’s carriage house, I specified the hardwood flooring to go throughout the kitchen, master bath and powder room. It makes the space feel even more spacious and is totally timeless.
This week I consulted with a couple who had couriered three marmoleum samples to my home prior to our call. Light gray, medium gray and charcoal. Their countertops were Uba Tuba granite which is primarily green. My immediate advice was to eliminate the marmoleum from consideration and take their hardwood flooring through. And here is my rationale for why:
1. The gray flooring in no way relates to the granite (which was already installed).
2. With a gray floor this kitchen will always say “installed during the gray trend.”
3. There is not a stitch of gray anywhere else in their home (nor were they interested in adding any).
There really is nothing more beautiful than a white-on white kitchen (below)! Why mess around with countertops, backsplashes and flooring in a bunch of different colours and undertones? The chances of them all going together perfectly are so slim it’s just too much effort only to be annoyed in the end when it doesn’t turn out quite the way you envisioned.
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want something like that to bother me every time I walked into my brand new, (not to mention) expensive kitchen. I would want my kitchen to be timeless, way beyond the shelf life of a 10 year trend cycle.
What’s my second choice if hardwood is not an option for your kitchen? There is no simple answer here, just make sure whatever you choose that it works with the era of the rest of your house, especially if you don’t have any plans to coordinate the rest of your home to the trendy colours you’ve just selected for your kitchen.
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