The entertaining area is home to my living room, dining room, and entry way. I was hoping to incorporate two different floor types to help define the space. Unfortunately, the size and layout of the room did not allow for multiple flooring types. And after my unfortunate experience with my cabinet guy, the carpet was already ripped up. While my personal preference is not to have wood floors in a living area, I knew that was the only practical option for this room. The entertaining area connects to the hallway, and I was keeping the existing carpet in the halls. So as I started the search for the right floors, I encountered several obstacles. My primary obstacle was that the wood floors I chose would align flush with my kitchen cabinets. I knew I wouldn’t find a wood floor with the exact stain, and my fear was that it would look like I was trying to match the cabinets but didn’t quite get it. So I started looking for wood floors with drastically different stains and finishes. As you can see, the cabinet stain in my kitchen is pretty dark (as most of the house is), and I really want to make this house bright and airy. After looking at big box home improvement stores, I was getting very frustrated. I wasn’t finding anything in my budget that would work. Most of the wood had traditional stain colors. Then I discovered a local flooring store, and I hit the jackpot. I found an engineered wood floor is the perfectly distressed pattern that doesn’t clash with the cabinets and brings in some lighter color to the room. After ordering several hundred square feet of the floors, they were ready to be installed.
What I like the most about these floors (besides that they’re very durable) is that they’re different. Most people that flip houses do a mass coat of tan paint, tan carpet, and to me, that’s blah. Safe, but blah. I want to add something eye catching. Something that doesn’t look so mass produced. For example, in the last Bachelorette Pad flip, I chose a bold pattern glass tile backsplash in the kitchen. And what did the buyers tell their realtor that sold them on the house? The backsplash. It’s in the details…unique details.
In the last flip, I installed the floors myself. Except for the cuts, it’s a pretty easy process. It’s like putting a puzzle together. But this time, I just didn’t have the time to finish this task myself. I strongly suggest installing yourself because labor can cost as much as the materials. I also suggest when you’re looking for padding, do NOT go cheap! You get what you pay for, and if you’re using laminate or engineered wood floors, you need a high quality pad.
I am really satisfied with the color and quality of these floors. I chose Kronoswiss Historic Cherry. I think the wood floors have opened up the room even more. I do plan on incorporating some area rugs to help define the spaces and make it cozy, but I definitely don’t want to cover up these floors.