Recently we've been researching flooring options and visiting local flooring companies to look at products. It's tricky to pick the right materials; we want a quality product that we will enjoy, but we also don't want to over-invest based on the value of our house.
We're finally to the point where we've decided what products we want to use and where, now we're down to the
In the kitchen/dining area, we're doing 16" vinyl tile. Here are a few of the options against our kitchen cabinets which are a honey colored oak.
We are also considering this darker one because of our dark countertops.
And here they are against the wall color in the kitchen (a khaki/tan color).
In the den we are doing a laminate wood product. I had originally turned my nose up to the idea of a laminate instead of a hardwood. But the more we've looked at them, the more impressed I've become - especially with the newer hand-scraped versions. Not to mention the fact that they are half the price and twice as durable as hardwood.
This is showing where the laminate will meet the vinyl tiles.
Here are the options against the wall color in the den (same wall color as the kitchen).
And here they are right inside the front door.
Of course, it all takes on different shades of the color based on where in the room we're looking at them. Right now we are leaning towards one of the lighter tiles and one of the medium tone laminates.