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Kitchen flooring - tearing my hair out!

14 years ago

We're re-doing the kitchen with white cabinets and black appliances. They granite is grayish so I need color and it should come from the flooring.

I wanted tile for ease of cleaning and aesthetic but with a bad back I've been warned away from a hard surface like that.

Laminate and vinyl are soft and easy enough but I really need something attractive to bring color into the room. "Colorful" vinyl / laminate looks silly to me, like it belongs in a child's play room. I can't find any elegance or warmth in it.

That leads to Brazilian Cherry or Mahogany, both of which have rich red tones.

I was settling on an engineered brazilian cherry when our GC said we'd be sorry with how fast it wears out and to buy solid hardwood.

Today I went into the tile place about my bathroom floors. When the saleswoman heard I was putting wood in my kitchen she said I'd be really, really sorry. "Drop butter on it, see what happens."

I'm so tired of the contradictions! I really need some experienced, un-biased help.

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