I got floors on the brain this week! Last time we drooled together over a sampling of exotic Moroccan rugs (I’m counting on the fact that you drooled, too, or else I was over here slobbering on my laptop all by myself, and that’s kind of sad). Now, I’m going to force you to take a stand on hardwood flooring:
(cred: Floors to your Home, text added)
There’s a reason for this continued floor talk, though, and it’s that the madness is beginning! We are closing on our house TODAY and starting our first project –refinishing the downstairs hardwoods–this weekend (in case you’re bad with days, that’s TOMORROW!). I haven’t got any interior pictures just yet, so you’re going to have to take my word that the hardwoods are in kind of rough shape. The house is 94 years old, and I don’t think the original flooring has ever been refinished. I appreciate the charm of a little wear and tear in older homes, but too much starts looking shabby and means that the flooring isn’t getting the protection it needs (hmmm, suddenly this sounds like a deodorant commercial).
Not sure if we were ready to kick things off with an enormously dirty and labor intensive project, we went back and forth about whether refinishing was really necessary, but after seeing the bare floors during our walk through this week, we agreed that it needs to be done.
So, now to the question–what color to stain them? Dark wood is an extremely popular choice, probably because people are still trying to erase traumatic memories of ’90s oak from their brainspaces, but Scandinavian-influenced designs that favor light wood are also very hot. All in all I’m quite torn, so I’m field the question to you nice, good-looking folks out there in the blogosphere–
Do you prefer dark and daring?
(cred: Jessica & Zak via Apartment Therapy)
Light and airy?
(cred: Dani via Apartment Therapy)
Or somewhere in between?
We used a trusty walnut stain when we refinished the floors in our spare bedroom.
For me, it all has to do with what personality or mood you’re trying to achieve in a room, which is why I can never decide on anything. I have so many ideas that it’s hard to focus and make decisions in a single space. If I were suddenly obscenely rich, I’d buy at least half a dozen houses to decorate in different styles so that I could finally have some peace of mind. I would also give cannolis and brass pineapples to the needy.
What do you think? Light, medium, dark, or otherwise? Or maybe you hate hardwoods altogether and want your dream home covered in wall-to-wall marmoleum? Hit me with some opinions!