Wade and I are still in negotiations about our new floor. We are down to two choices…
On the left…Jacobean Burnt Mocha (the first one that I found online and fell in love with). On the right…Imperial Palace(what we found at Lumber Liquidators and fell in love with). Both are bamboo. We are still researching the monetary details, so we are not sure which one will be more economical. We are going more on gut and emotion at this point. The picture above is the sample boards next to my couch. We are definitely keeping the red couch. We are not so sure that we are keeping our green walls. They may be changing to a slate/grey/blue color. (Still thinking about that one…would love to hear your thoughts on that too!) If you need reminding… This is the couch and the wall color…
Here are the samples in the kitchen in the sunshine…
Here they are in the kitchen without direct sunshine…
(Please disregard the nicks and gouges in the samples. We’ve been abusing them to see what they can stand up to and what they might look like after a few years of abuse. *wink* ) So…what do you think? lighter? darker? green? blue? ugh! This is so hard! LOL!
In other news…if you have been waiting for your washcloth from donating to my Race for the Cure run…they are finally done! I should be getting those out to everyone soon. Check ’em out!
Ok. I’m off to watch some totally mindless TV. Top Chef reunion show and the season premiers of America’s Next Top Model and Make Me a Supermodel. Yes. I have a college degree. Gotta go!
I like the mocha…not sure how black would show dirt…with 3 boys I just don’t know if it would be practical…there’s my two cents :0)
Imperial Palace is my vote *sigh*
I like both samples but I am concerned about the darker one also, regarding dirt and showing wear.
Burnt Mocha appears more natural and may reflect less light from surrounding fixtures which may be a plus if you are concerned about glare off the darker flooring.
Burnt Mocha gets my vote and makes me want Starbuck’s.
I vote Burnt Mocha for all the reasons listed above. Even in the bright sunlight kitchen photo, one still can not see any grain in the darker sample. Think the Mocha would go well with oak cabinets and black appliances. As for the wall color — probably would be easier to get the flooring installed and play around with color chips. Good Luck!
A friend of mine had black stained hardwoods in her previous home and it does look really good, especially with a blue/slate grey wall color. However, about a year and a half after the floors were finished she would go over high traffic areas with a black sharpie marker. I’m not sure if bamboo will have the same type of wear as oak, but check into it.
I can’t remember if you are keeping the carpet in the living room area or not. If you are keeping the carpet, the blue/slate grey color may look darker in that room. I say this because we actually painted our bedroom the color blue that was in my friends house with the black floors. Our blue is much darker than hers was, since our floors are lighter. But, you probably know better than me how color hues are pulled from different surroundings. I would pick up some paint cards to see how dark or light they look against your flooring samples.
Hope you all are well.
In a house with no kids, I would say 100% the black, BUT I agree with everyone else on the Mocha…I think the black would look AMAZING in the living room with all the black frames on the walls and I LOVE the idea of the slate blue paint (My kitchen is that exact color, I think it was called Sterling Blue). So, while I really love the “thought” of the black floors…I think the Mocha is the more “practical” way to go..sigh…practical
Mocha’s the one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I gotta say that I like the Mocha too. Ohhh with slate grey… beautiful! Wish we could totally redo!
I am going Mocha! I would like to be the rebel and pick the other one, but it is just not the better choice!