Kitchen flooring dilemma--help!

kchap1August 24, 2013
I have white oak hard wood floors in my living room and dining room. My kitchen has entryways into both these rooms, but is not totally open to these rooms. That is, the kitchen is a separate room. I am planning to use tile that looks like wood in the kitchen a shade or two darker than white oak. I'm going for a farmhouse look. Will this look too strange? I'm worried the transition between rooms will look odd. But I don't want to use hard wood because of durability concerns. Has anyone used tile like this while having hard woods in adjoining rooms? Thanks for any advice!
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
While I haven't done it with wood meeting tile that looks like wood, I think that the same principles apply. To do this, I would run a 3" to 6" border of wood tile in a darker color than either the real wood or the other wood tile, all around the kitchen to provide a separation of the two colors. I would also run the wood tile in a different direction than the real wood.
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    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 6:12PM
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kchap1
This is very helpful. Thank you! I guess another question I have is, do you have any suggestions for tile (other than tile that looks like wood) to use in a farmhouse-style kitchen. Slate? Terra cotta?
    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 6:17PM
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Carolyn Albert-Kincl, ASID
I would continue with real wood unless you really have a lot of spills. Otherwise, the wood tile should work well for you.
    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 6:22PM
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kchap1
Thanks so much for the advice!
    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 6:23PM
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Ann
I also like tile in the kitchen so I don't need to worry about it, but I wouldn't choose "wood look". Do you have pictures of the kitchen? If you decide against "wood look" tile, please choose a big tile, like 20" squares.
    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 6:58PM
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kchap1
I don't have photos. We're just starting to remodel. Why wouldn't you choose the wood tile look?
    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 7:08PM
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Ann
I just like regular tile (porcelain not ceramic) better and it would pair very nicely with your existing hardwood without any "competition". It's a rather timeless look just like hardwood is. Big tiles would give you a current look. I wonder if wood look tiles might be a trend - just a thought. Also, wood look tiles might clash with your hardwood just as another hardwood might - not a problem with regular tile since it's a completely different element and look. I like the way regular tile and hardwood merge. I was wondering about the other elements in the kitchen (cabinets, counters, splash) so people could possibly make good tile suggestions.
    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 7:16PM
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Lynne Mysliwiec
I have tile in the kitchen and there is an oak reducer strip to make the 1/4" transition (tile + underlayment + ditra meant that the tile floor is higher than the oak in living and dining rooms. If you use a threshold, or perpendicular strip of flooring of either type, you should be fine.
    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 7:20PM
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kchap1
Thanks so much for your suggestions. I am just starting to make decisions for my Reno. I will have white cabinets and a black countertop (not sure of material yet). I'm going for a farmhouse/transitional/traditional look. So I like the idea of wood floors. But I have kids and pets and I don't think the wood floors will endure. So that is why I was looking at wood-looking tile.
    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 7:33PM
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Ann
So, with your choices, a dark tile would be very nice if you decide to go with a traditional tile.
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    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 8:03PM
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kchap1
Thanks. This is very helpful. Much appreciated.
    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 8:05PM
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Ann
Please let us know what you decide and post pictures. It's always fun to see the outcomes of discussions!
    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 8:09PM
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