When assembling the materials for the overall design of the kitchen and the house in general, the last thing I pick before the paint colors are chosen is the flooring. The flooring in this home is the original two and a half inch oak flooring, which we sanded and refinished. This French grey floor with taupe accents was in good condition and the overall look of it maintained the clean vintage style we were going for.
The reason I select the flooring last is because the countertops are typically natural stone with colors that dominate the room. There aren’t as many colors available in the natural stone countertops for the simple fact that they come from the earth and there are just so many natural stones to choose from.For the wood floors, they may come in different species of wood that dictate their color range, but the wood floors are manufactured and therefore stains are applied and the color choices are endless. Once the floors are selected, the paint colors are the last thing I pick because the paint color is a direct reflection of both the colors in the countertop and the flooring.
Here are examples of three floorings used in three dramatically different kitchen designs overall.
The flooring in this job was brand new wide plank european oak with a sandy driftwood finish. The wood was picked for both it’s subtlety and color, but also for the linear quality of the oak grain texture in the wood. The overall elegance of the wood flooring and its soft hues complimented the similar finishes in the cabinetry.
This kitchen had a Crema Marfil marble floor, which I honed to make it softer. The wood flooring that is adjacent to it is a walnut flooring, I stained dark to give a rich contrast to the room and coordinate with the dark and light kitchen accents.
This flooring is also white plank European oak with a natural finish and no color added. The natural blonde characteristics of the oak look amazing with the soapstone counters which have a tiny white vein characters in the stone. The kitchen was meant to have a vintage casual look.