Choosing new hardwood flooring for kitchen.
jaeger24
March 9, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I can't decide between the walnut and the stained maple for new hardwood in my kitchen and dining area. I am working on updating. My cabinets are maple.
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Shawn Lagemann
The maple cabinet have such a tight uniform grain, that I prefer the look of the walnut against them. The tones in the walnut floor make a nice contrast to the tones in the cabinetry. For me, the stained maple floors are a little flat looking.
March 9, 2013 at 8:23am   
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A Crew of Two
agree with the contrasting one
March 9, 2013 at 8:26am   
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jaeger24
Thank you! Do you think the walnut is going to look too busy? I think the walnut has a more rich look to it.
March 9, 2013 at 8:28am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
well, here's a question for you why are you going to the expense of change the woold and not just coloring the wood you have
March 9, 2013 at 8:32am     
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jaeger24
We had a water line break and the wood is damaged. We now are in the process of replacing it and thought it would be a good chance to change it.
March 9, 2013 at 8:36am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
I see, I like the walnut
March 9, 2013 at 8:43am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
however the floor you have works best with the cabinetry you now have
March 9, 2013 at 8:44am     
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jaeger24
Really? So, just replace it with a natural maple? I would like to go with a plank, 5" since it is a larger area.
March 9, 2013 at 8:46am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
unless you are in for a major redo, replace in kind! maybe go a bit larger with the planks
March 9, 2013 at 8:47am   
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jaeger24
We will also replace the countertops and add a back splash. I will first choose a flooring and than find a countertop and backsplash that ties it all together. I am leaving the cabinets at this time.
March 9, 2013 at 8:50am     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
i see.....the cabinets need to be recolored if the floor is changing .....the character of the two samples is much different than the cabinetry and as in many cases the owner only considers each choice without thinking of the big picture
March 9, 2013 at 8:52am   
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Iza Eisemann
I agree with Gary, the floor you currently have works best with your cabinetry. Why don't you stick with the same wood/finish just pick a larger plank.
March 9, 2013 at 8:53am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
it's not a floor choice it is a character change with either of the samles shown.
March 9, 2013 at 8:53am     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
why not selected a 5-6 inch maple floor that continues the character of the space????
March 9, 2013 at 8:54am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
I'm guessing they dont like the floor color and are wish the cabinets were different as well...am I correct
March 9, 2013 at 8:55am   
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Cancork Floor Inc.
The stained maple is too "blah" for me. The trend right now is "movement" (colour differences inside a natural wood). The unstained is a beautiful, floor with rich colouring and great movement. It has complimentary tones to the cabinets (which are very warm, honey/amber colouring). The stained maple is a "cold neutral" (looks better with cold colours rather than warm colours) and would "stand out" as a "poor match".

If you go with the stained maple, you will probably feel the "need" to change "something" because your floor and your trim are at odds with each other. Once you get that feeling, you will want to start changing "something" (ie. cabinet colours, trim colours, wall colours, etc). You won't want to disturb your brand new floor (which is the thing giving you troubles with the colours in the first place) so you will start looking elsewhere to get the harmony you are looking for. I think you would be in for more renos if you go with the stained maple just because the colouring will cause lack of harmony.

The natural maple will give your room a fresh new look without disturbing the rest of your colour palette in the room. It is also the prettiest...IMHO.

Good luck!
March 9, 2013 at 8:57am     
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jaeger24
Yes, you are correct. I do not like the cabinets now. I did 12 years ago when we had them custome built. Times change. I don't mind the flooring we have now. I am not a designer and am looking for some expert advise.
March 9, 2013 at 8:59am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
well stated ......
March 9, 2013 at 9:00am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
why not repair the floor and use the rest of the money to do a change to the cabinet....? Is there an amount you are collectiing for the damage?
March 9, 2013 at 9:02am     
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Jayme H.
I would try to do something with my cabinets as well...if u don't like them and put in a new floor to "go with them"..you may end up disliking both.??
March 9, 2013 at 9:02am     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
doesnt seem the damage is that great?
March 9, 2013 at 9:02am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
So right you are JAYME and ....good morning!
March 9, 2013 at 9:03am     
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Jayme H.
@Gary Finley ASID...thank you...Good Morning!..I am taking break from painting my bathroom...and it is the perfect shade of pale grey!
March 9, 2013 at 9:05am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
lol........how did you choose your color.....did I miss my chance to help !!!!!! no doubt it is perfect what did you choose......cameo spot by JAYME....another success story
March 9, 2013 at 9:07am     
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jaeger24
The wood is curling up and worping. I can replace just the bad areas, but we will never be able to match the wood as it has changed color over the years due to the amount of sun beating on it all year long. Insurance is paying for it to totally be replaced. If I stick with the natural maple, I may have a larger choice on updating my cabinets??
March 9, 2013 at 9:10am   
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Jayme H.
@Gary...I could use help learning tones better...my eye knows what looks good, but doesn't always know why...tones, etc...
March 9, 2013 at 9:52am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
does it matter Y if it works?
March 9, 2013 at 9:53am     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
study the color wheel and google colors and how they relate
March 9, 2013 at 9:54am     
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Jayme H.
Yeah...that color wheel irritates me
March 9, 2013 at 10:04am     
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Jayme H.
I get it...the eyes know but I want more experience with undertones, etc...
March 9, 2013 at 10:05am   
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Jayme H.
@Gary..Hubby is a contractor & at some point I may be assisting with some things..and I like to do a good job!
March 9, 2013 at 10:06am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
you can always start an "educational discussion" on HOUZZ
March 9, 2013 at 10:06am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
kind of a great idea, now that I thought of it!!! HOUZZ Class room .... hummmmm?
March 9, 2013 at 10:07am     
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Jayme H.
@Gary..Good thinking!! I am an amateur for sure..the undertones r very tricky and ways to tone down things like GOLDEN OAK...are in supreme demand!
March 9, 2013 at 10:09am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
to your point of irratation........you just dont understand it .......it's like water freezing at 32 degrees ....gotta be accepting of what is
March 9, 2013 at 10:09am   
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Jayme H.
A good teacher helps too! IE: If I started rattling off what I know in medical terminology...doesn't help people much. I helps when examples are given, etc.
March 9, 2013 at 10:11am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
compliments & opposites / triads / side by side there is a system of things that work ......golden oak is a color......what color would you term it to be????

First class assignment
March 9, 2013 at 10:11am   
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Jayme H.
it, I meant
March 9, 2013 at 10:12am   
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Jayme H.
yellowish
March 9, 2013 at 10:12am   
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Jayme H.
orangy maybe too
March 9, 2013 at 10:14am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
okay to make the yellow stand out more go to the color wheel and find the color opposite it and that will strengthen the color ......'sharpen up the yellow....
March 9, 2013 at 10:14am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
if the goal is too lessen the importants of the yellow find a color closer to the yellow
March 9, 2013 at 10:15am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
the more the contrast ......the more attention a color gets......if one walkings into a yellow room with yellow walls, ceilings, furnishing and flooring this is very little contrast to make the yellow more yellow....but add white or black and the the yellow becomes striking
March 9, 2013 at 10:17am     
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Jayme H.
Thanks Gary....I think I am already doing it and am just trying to make sense of it...ha ha...if that makes sense?
March 9, 2013 at 10:18am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
think of it this way .....if you wear rose colored glassed the reds one sees is less red
March 9, 2013 at 10:18am     
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Jayme H.
I have to dissect everything ad nauseum
March 9, 2013 at 10:19am   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
no worries......N O W W H E R E W E R E WE
March 9, 2013 at 10:20am   
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Aja Mazin
Great space!

The one on the left.

And your cabinets are fine.

However, I prefer your original floor!!!!

[You might want to repost, since your dilemma was hijacked.]
March 9, 2013 at 1:50pm     
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jaeger24
Thank you so much. I am now down to two. The walnut on the left or the original natural maple. I will repost. Yes, I was hijacked. My phone was beeping all morning. lol
March 9, 2013 at 2:15pm     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
I know what Aja ment
March 9, 2013 at 2:26pm     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
I know what Aja ment
March 9, 2013 at 2:27pm     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
Going with the one on the left will certainly give you a great deal of interest and pattern on the floor lots of highs and lows
March 9, 2013 at 2:28pm   
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shelleyuk
Definitely the one on the left, is that the walnut? The other is too flat.
March 9, 2013 at 2:29pm   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
The cabinets will be so secondary. Who will notice them
March 9, 2013 at 2:30pm   
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jaeger24
Gary Finley, you stated this morning to stay with the original natural maple. Now you are saying to go with the walnut? I am confused.
March 9, 2013 at 2:36pm     
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Aja Mazin
jaeger24,

I would definitely repost.

It appears we are seeing the dangers of giving advice while drinking!

LOL!
March 9, 2013 at 2:43pm     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID

"The cabinets will be so secondary. Who will notice them"

?????

I THINK THE HOMEOWNER WILL AND IS ASKING FOR THOUGHTFUL ADVICE!
March 9, 2013 at 2:46pm     
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
I gave it .....
..the correct choice is maple ......unless they are open to something wild. The two samples shown are both poor chives. ....u would keep looking. But the owner thinks the walnut is their choice. So be it
March 9, 2013 at 2:51pm   
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Aja Mazin
Geeeez.....
March 9, 2013 at 2:54pm     
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Patricia Pelgrims
Walnut ! Definitely the walnut !
March 9, 2013 at 2:56pm     
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Eileen A.
Walnut is the
best choice
March 9, 2013 at 3:02pm   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
Veered. I love walnut too. Just not with maple cabinets. The cabinets should be painter. Remember as I projected she doesn't care for the cabinets
March 9, 2013 at 3:09pm   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
If the cabinets become painted the walnut will make for a nice space
March 9, 2013 at 3:11pm   
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jaeger24
I love the walnut also. Very warm and rich. If I install walnut flooring, I am just worried that it will look too busy. Too much movement. And I will be limited to my countertops and back splash choices. Or am I wrong on that way of thinking?
March 9, 2013 at 3:17pm   
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GARY FINLEY, ASID
Wise lady. You and I are thinking the same thoughts. Try one more trip to the flooring store.. ask for rift cut white oak
March 9, 2013 at 3:49pm   
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tsteve
Rift white oak is great too...but if you have trouble getting it, just GO FOR THE WALNUT--mixed wood is more interesting and you won't be limited in your backsplash, counters, etc. Maybe just pay a decent designer for a few hours of time, rip some photos out of mags and be done..your upper cabinets having a more consistent height will help LATER, new island chairs & braces
March 9, 2013 at 4:18pm     
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jaeger24
I KNOW! Lots of things I would like to change. More modern light fixtures also. I can do some easy fixes now. Do you have design ideas for braces, pendent lighting, chairs, etc. .
March 9, 2013 at 5:00pm   
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