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Kitchen Floors and Countertops

Kitchen floors and countertops typically are of different materials and looks, but they don't have to be. Make an elegant statement by matching the kitchen flooring and countertops, or make them of contrasting materials -- but countertops can be even better when covered with kitchen flooring choices. Kitchen flooring comes in a wide range of materials, textures and colors which means your countertops can also. Both kitchen flooring and countertops need to be durable and easy to clean. Imagine how bold your kitchen will look whin your kitchen floor and countertops match. Is is time to make a bold, elegant statement?

Have you thought of using the same material for your kitchen floors and countertops? Maybe it's time to consider that option.

Kitchen flooring choices abound in many different materials and colors.The same goes for countertops. That is why it is so overwhelming to consumers when they walk into home improvement stores. How do you know which flooring will look great in your kitchen and will give you years of use? Research. If you will take the time to research the kitchen flooring choices that are available, you will have a better idea of what you want to install in your kitchen. Then when you go to the store, you will be a more informed customer and will not feel as overwhelmed.

You can choose stone, wood, vinyl, linoleum, bamboo, cork, or any other flooring for your kitchen that is able to withstand the wear and tear that kitchens receive. And counters typically take even less abuse, so often the same materials will work well there too. The kitchen is a very important room in most homes because of all of the activity that happens in the kitchen, so it's important to choose kitchen flooring that fits your family and activities. If you choose flooring for the kitchen that is durable, beautiful, and easy to clean then you will be more satisfied with your kitchen flooring choice.

Using the same material for both kitchen flooring and countertops helps unify the kitchen and gives it a more sophisticated and up-to-date look. Some very beautiful stone choices for matching your kitchen flooring and countertops include marble, granite, slate, or travertine. Bamboo and maple would also be stunning. A more modern look would be using linoleum in either the same or complimentary colors. If you are looking for a way to instantly make your kitchen look more stunning and up-to-date, then you will want to consider installing matching kitchen flooring and countertops.

There is a reason that most countertop materials also come in flooring choices. Countertops need to be durable, stain resistant, and stylish just like flooring does. This approach takes away your worry about it matching or flowing well together. Choose kitchen flooring and countertops that will go with several different decorating styles and color combinations, as the flooring and countertops will last for years and years.

Your kitchen countertop and flooring decision should not be made lightly. Most of the materials that are used for both flooring and countertops are considered permanent, which means that they will usually last for many years. Although the investment will be slightly higher than other materials, you will get your money back in the durableness and longetivity of the material. It will be well worth your investment when you see the difference that matching kitchen flooring and countertops will have on the look and feel of your kitchen.

If you are looking for a wonderful way to create a bold statement and unique look in your kitchen, consider installing matching kitchen flooring and countertops.

Comments

I'm not sure about using the same material on floors and counter tops. Do you have any pictures?

Ken at December 5, 2007 7:35 PM

At the moment I don't have pictures of that. But I'll say the choice of materials will make some difference to the final look. The style of home will also dictate material choices.

I can see beautiful wooden floors and counter tops in some homes. Stone and concrete would work too. Tile could be a fantastic floor and counter combination as well.

It takes imagination and creativity to pull it off. And it's not a look for everyone in every situation.

What materials are you considering? Maybe we should start there.

The Flooring Lady at December 5, 2007 8:04 PM

I am putting a multi-color slate on my kitchen floor and I am having a hard time trying to decide on a counter top. I also will have an island and had wanted to do black granite tile on it, but I am not sure how that would look with the slate. Also is that too much to have different counters? Should I just stick with one counter style for the island and other counters, or can i do the island different? Or would that be too much with the slate floors?

Dawn at February 8, 2008 10:31 PM

One way to help you decide about your choice of surfaces is to bring all of your samples together -- floor, counter, wood and wall colors -- and see how you like them together. Don't forget to pay attention to the combinations during different times of day because of the different light qualities.

I think having two different counter top materials could be quite attractive. If the black granite looks good with everything else in the kitchen, what a statement it would make for your island! For the rest of the counter space consider another color that will compliment the collection of colors you have going.

You have a good start on imagining a different treatment for your kitchen. Keep it going to make sure it all goes together. I bet it will be great.

The Flooring Lady at February 8, 2008 10:58 PM

I've got white ceramic countertops and am going to put tile on the floor. Would I want to put any other color but white on the floor?

anita at March 3, 2008 11:26 AM

There's no right or wrong -- this is artistic statement. If you like lots of white in your home then a white floor to go with your white counters could be nice. But if you want variety then a different colored tile floor would give you that.

The Flooring Lady at March 3, 2008 4:06 PM

I am currently gutting my kitchen. I got a great deal on these granite slabs. It is called pebble beach, it has white, gray, black and tan specks in it. I am having a hard time picturing any color tile on the floor with it. I was thinking maybe gray, but I want to incorporate a soft almost light slate blue, and cobalt blue pendent lights. I was going to paint the walls a camel color, but I feel like it's kind of going to look all over the place. HELP

Kellie Knight at March 12, 2008 9:43 PM

When I was choosing flooring and wall colors to go with my counters, I took a counter sample to the paint store and grabbed all the color chips that appealed to me and fit the sample. When I got home I took the various samples into the house and looked at them all in different locations in the house at different times of day and in different positions (vertical, horizontal and at angles) to help me narrow my choices.

In your case you want to grab tiles and paint chips to review with your countertop granite to see what combination of options you really have to choose from.

Yous have lots of great options. Good luck, and have fun.

The Flooring Lady at March 12, 2008 10:27 PM

Do I need to take the color of the counter tops into consideration when I am picking out tile flooring? I was picking a floor tile that looked good with the cabinets and the carpets only.

michell at April 4, 2008 11:36 AM

The countertop isn't as critical a piece when selecting your flooring, but it sure wouldn't help. Not only the color, but the pattern too.

When we had cork floors we decided that granite countertops were too busy with our very busy floor. But the linoleum, which has some pattern, but not as much going on as with the granite we'd briefly considered.

The cabinets and carpet colors are a more important match/compliment, but it wouldn't hurt to make sure the overall look is what you want.

The Flooring Lady at April 4, 2008 12:20 PM

We are curently renovating our kitchen (flooring, countertop). We have white wood alike semi glossy laminate cabinets :o) that we don't want to change 'cause of the budget limitation. Fot the floors we selected cork tiles.
type: Edipo,
color: bleach and cocoa (dark brown) pattern.
Now for the countertops do You think it would be wise to use CORK as well? The other option would have been a brown, plain bamboo paterned (wood fiber looking) laminate countertop from Reno Depot. We would appreciate your insight very much. Cheers, Kokolino

kokolino at May 6, 2008 9:50 PM

Kokolino, I had a cork floor (not Edipo) that I loved, but I wouldn't have used it for a countertop. But then, maybe I could have. As long as you are careful to not cut directly on it you should find it as durable as any laminate countertop, and heat resistant too.

The other concern I'd have about it though is that water would get between the tiles and cause problems. Perhaps you could apply a sealant to the surface that would keep water out.

If you don't want to go that route, consider a linoleum countertop that would echo the colors and feeling of the floor. I love my linoleum countertop. Try Forbo's Marmoleum and ask them for directions on how to care for it.

The design you are considering sounds intriguing and dramatic. I bet it will be beautiful.

The Flooring Lady at May 8, 2008 1:58 PM

I am remodeling my kitchen and using paradiso granite for countertop. I am having a very difficult time choosing flooring. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Carol at May 12, 2008 8:58 PM

Hi Carol!

Do you have a sample of your countertop to take with you while you look for flooring? I can't really advise you on this; I don't know what color your cabinets, countertop, appliances, etc. are. What kind of flooring do you like best? Try to keep a few options open, it's going to depend on what you like, how much time you want to devote to upkeep (ugh!), and what kind of an atmosphere you want to achieve with your flooring.

If you have a friend or relative whose opinion you trust (and has a sense of 'decorator style' too!), take him/her along to help. :~)

The Flooring Lady at May 13, 2008 10:38 PM

I am looking to replace my countertops and am having trouble finding the right color. We are hoping to sell our house in a few years, so I don't want to spend a lot. The floor is a dark gray slate-like laminate. Should I go for a similar gray? darker? black? white? Please help!

Stacey at May 15, 2008 11:46 AM

Hi Stacey!

I would think any color that YOU like would do - grey is like black, just about any color is going to go with it. Lucky you! Take into consideration other colors in your kitchen: appliances, walls, cabinets so that the countertop compliments what is already there and pulls it all together.

The Flooring Lady at May 15, 2008 7:30 PM

We have a kitchen with medium oak stained cabinets the floor is 12" ceramic bone color. (the floor continues thru thefoyer,laundry and half bath)I replaced the laminate counter tops with Black Granite.(all the appliances are stainless steel)We painted the walls a dark taupe. The contrast with the walls, countertops, cabinets, and appliances looks great.The bone floor seems to take away from the over all look. We have put some wool rugs down that have brown and taupe colors which has improved things.What could we do without changing the floor to get abetter contrast. If we did changed the floor what would you recomend.

David Sartor at May 17, 2008 8:32 AM

I would suggest some kind of trimming to pull it all together - maybe a wall border? I wouldn't think you'd need to go thru the trouble and expense of new flooring when there are many ways to accessorize to help bring things to a more harmonious balance.

The Flooring Lady at May 17, 2008 12:35 PM

We have golden oak cabinets and granite countertops (sapphire blue), which is black, and has brown and grey/blue specs in it. I'm having a very difficult time choosing the flooring now. We are remodeling for resale, as we plan to sell in 3 to 5 years. Should I choose a dark flooring to coordinate with my countertops, or can I go a lighter neutral such as???
We are thinking vinyl flooring, large tile (13") in a light neutral or perhaps the vinyl wood look(maple)?
I don't want too dark because I’m afraid I will tire of it quickly, and I also have 3 kids!

I sure could use some guidelines or suggestions in making a safe decision.

Kim at June 4, 2008 2:58 PM

Hi Kim,

If it were me, I think I'd rather go with a lighter shade, similar to your cabinets. Lighter floors do help make the room seem a bit larger as well.

You might even want to consider another flooring option besides vinyl if there's something you like better, even though you're planning on selling 3 - 5 years down road. Remember, you're going to have to put up with it for another 3 - 5 years yourself. ;~)

The Flooring Lady at June 4, 2008 11:43 PM

Do you want the kitchen counter tops to blend in with the floor or do you want a stark contrast?

Cheryl at June 12, 2008 4:04 PM

I am doing up my kitchen and decided to have vinyl tiles on the floor and countertops. When i went to homedepot to ask if vinyl flooring would be food safe they looked as if i was crazy. Im not sure what to do and since i found your website i think i may be on the right path but need to know for sure.

Jennifer at June 26, 2008 11:41 AM

i would like to replace my carpeted hall and linolium kitchen flooring with all floor tiles. my kitchen cupboards are white and the kitchen wall tiles are white with blue patterns on them. but i do not know what colour floor tiles to get , as the entrance hall joins the kitchen and goes right through the house to the stairs. please can you give me some iodeas, i was thinking of white, what do you think ???

pat at June 26, 2008 11:42 AM

Hi Jennifer,

Believe it or not, I know somebody who has a linoleum countertop, vinyl is similar. Thing to remember though is that the colors on vinyl is only on the surface and in linoleum it goes all the way through - could make a difference over time with wear & tear.

Anywho, she's gotten varied reactions from different manufacturers - one thought it was a pretty cool idea and other one thought she was nuts. (Sound familiar?) She loves how it looks, but the thing she's had the most difficulty with is 'proper' maintenance. She was told that she'd have to wax it just like a floor to keep from voiding the warranty. Even though her countertop is linoleum, it is showing some wear and she uses olive oil ocassionally on it. Granted, it looks just fine to anybody else, but she notices it because it's hers. Apparently, there's not anything in the way of floor waxes that are "food safe", which isn't suprising.

So, your idea isn't so crazy after all...... or you're both crazy. The decision is up to you, but now at least you know you're in good company. ;~)

The Flooring Lady at June 26, 2008 9:40 PM

Hi Pat,
White could be good so long as you don't mind keeping it clean. You could also get two colors of tile and do something like in a checker board pattern (or even another pattern) to compliment other colors you've decorated with. You could even go in the opposite direction and get tile that is made of stone or looks like stone. Hope that gives you some ideas. Good luck with your project, I'm sure you'll love it when it's done!

The Flooring Lady at June 26, 2008 9:44 PM

I am having problems chosing a color for my countertops. We recently put in a neutral beige floor with a marbled-look of whites and light greys. My cabinets and all appliances are white. What should I do for countertops? Should I go darker, lighter, match, stay away from patterns because of the marbling in the floor, go toward marbling to match? Please help!

Heather McD at July 15, 2008 11:22 AM

Hi Heather!

What kind of material are you considering for your countertops? Some materials only come in a certain range of colors, so that would narrow down your choices for starters.

What kind of effect are you going for? Rustic, country, sleek & modern, light and airy, old English countryside, bold, dramatic, what? Do you have a dining room or is the dining area in the kitchen? If it's in the kitchen, what kind of furniture do you have?

The Flooring Lady at July 15, 2008 9:02 PM

I am considering Marmoleum click flooring for my kitchen in the color "Caribbean" ....do you think that would match the tile counter tops that are of Daltile color "Bruno"? I would also consider the Marmoleum click color in "van Gogh"...which do you think would look better? My cabinets are white....

Thanks!!

Linda at July 17, 2008 5:14 PM

I think either one would work well, you've got a great eye!

The Flooring Lady at July 18, 2008 11:37 PM

I used Dal-Tiles in my new home and found the best way to select the color was to take samples of my countertop, wall color, and woodwork to hold together with the tiles I thought I wanted. I was surprised that what I thought I wanted isn't what I ended up buying, once I got the color scheme together. I bet you'll find getting all your samples together will make the difference to you in your decision too.

Anonymous at July 19, 2008 9:40 AM

You know, that really is a very good solution, I'm kind of embarrassed that I didn't think of that! *blush*

The Flooring Lady at July 19, 2008 11:23 PM

My kitchen cabinets are honey oak. I would like to use 24 inch by 24 inch white marble look porcelain tiles on my counter top and Wilson-art laminate wood floors. The name of the laminate is Rio Grand Wood. It is a reddish and golden tone. I might change my counter top color to beige with a beigey peach swirl on the tile. The beigey swirl will hide the finger prints, where as the glossy white will not. I still have other options too, like a beige mat finish, a beige glossy finish or a white mat finish on the counter top. I don't want to use wood laminate on the counter tops because it is not heat proof and the porcelain tile is.
What counter top should I go with? The rest of my house is in the beige and wood tones. I will use copper and brass accessories in the kitchen, I'm trying for a high end look without the price of granite etc and also looking for light and airyness in my kitchen.

Valerie at August 3, 2008 4:58 PM

Hi Valerie ~

It certainly sounds like you're on the right track with how you're thinking, you're kitchen will certainly impart the light, airy ambiance you're seeking. I like all of your ideas for the counter top and think that any of them would be suitable, and also agree about the glossy white porcelain - every little smudge & fingerprint is going to show! I can't tell you which one to choose, I don't have to live with the results. ;o) I can honestly say that all of the ideas you're playing with sound like they'll work very well.

The Flooring Lady at August 3, 2008 8:21 PM

Thank you for your reply. I think I'll not do white and glossy on my counter tops, my 15 year old will be happy and I will not have a bone of contention with her for not wiping the counters!

Valerie at August 3, 2008 10:15 PM

Hi Valerie!

LOL! I'm sure!

The Flooring Lady at August 4, 2008 10:12 AM

Very small eat-in kitchen, repainting cabinets, new hardware, etc.. Have a light (whiteish with some light tan marbling in it for new countertop coming in. Floor is remaining (in pretty good shape) It is light as well with some marbling of tans. Trying to figure out what color cabinets. They are dark now, I want to brighten them/the kitchen up! Thinking a very light tan or off white for the cabinets? Any thoughts?

Sandy at August 14, 2008 12:49 PM

Light tan or off white cabinets sounds beautiful. Your kitchen sounds like it will have a timeless look. That is what I'm going for in my kitchen as well as a light and and airiness feel to it. When you paint your counter tops, it will be far cheaper to paint them again if your first choice doesn't turn out right for you.

Valerie at August 14, 2008 1:20 PM

I meant, When you paint your cabinets, not your countertops!
Valerie

Valerie at August 14, 2008 1:32 PM

Hi Sandy,

I agree with Valerie (thanks for chiming in!). Either color sounds like it would work out well, and if you don't like how it turns out the first time you can always repaint. Such a simple solution for brightening up your kitch!

The Flooring Lady at August 15, 2008 6:47 AM

I am trying to find out what colors of laminate countertop that I should use with my cabinet and flooring. My cabinet are a medium oak finish and my flooring is Mohawk laminate flooring - Travertine Sienna Beige. What are some colors in the Formica or Wilson Art laminate that you would suggest?

Donna at August 25, 2008 2:48 PM

Hi Donna,

It's going to depend a LOT on what colors YOU like, whether you want a color that's subtle, contrasting and/or bold. I have no idea what colors your walls & ceilings are - that's going to come into play too. Some people do things like have a black countertop and then have appliances that are all black. Personally, I don't like the effect, but that's not what matters. ;~)

A friend of mine has birch cabinets, bamboo floor and her countertop is a lovely blue-green - it all comes together nicely. What's nice is that you can neutral woods/colors and get away with a really bold color on your countertops.

Heh, funny, a another friend and I were going over ideas for countertops - she's wanting something different. I suggested the possibility of glass tiles - there's some really neat stuff out there - incredible colors and some with wonderful depth.

The Flooring Lady at August 25, 2008 9:58 PM

My walls are a neutral color (I guess you could call them a soft tan) and the ceiling is white.
Also I must stick with the laminate type countertop (I think) for price purpose. Most of the time I like the neutral color because you can chage the wall colors and have a new room without a lot of cost. Does the countertop need to match the floor or totally different? Please help me with a few suggestions!!

Donna at August 26, 2008 7:36 AM

Hi Donna,
Nope, the countertop doesn't need to match the floor - unless you want it to! With the current color scheme you could literally choose whatever color tickles your fancy.........really! Keep in mind that the color you choose could reduce your color options for walls at a later time should you decide you're ready for a change, though you'd probably be ok with another neutral color.

I'm partial to greens myself -- whether a seafoam, sage or dark green......any would work. Warm colors like oranges & reds would look nice as well as blues. Shoot, even golden yellows would work because the travertine would pull it all together. You could also choose something that is close in color to the one of the colors of your travertine.

What colors do you like?

The Flooring Lady at August 27, 2008 5:49 PM

I was leaning toward the Wilson Art Deepstar Bronze or the Wilson Art Milano Quartz countertop. I did not want a very light color. I am not sure about a really dark color (I like the looks but thinking it might be hard to keep and I don't have a lot of light in there).

Donna at August 28, 2008 9:41 AM

Hi Donna!

I went and looked them up - fantastic choices! So, which one is it going to be?

The Flooring Lady at August 29, 2008 10:28 PM

I am trying to pick out counter tops for my kitchen I have hunter green walls from chair railijg up and taupe from chair railing down with all with trim. My cabinets are a honey oak and my floors are Wilsonart Yellowstone.I have highlighted in black wrought iron and a little red. I am leaning towards Wilsonart counters or formica can someone please suggest what colors you would use I am not sure weather to go dark or light (help,help,help)

Thanks Jennifer

Jennifer at September 6, 2008 8:08 PM

Hi Jennifer,

I think you could go either way since you have a pretty good balance already going on. I think it's going to depend on whether you'd like something to blend more with your hunter green or something to blend more with your cabinets & floor. If it were me, I'd go for something to compliment the cabinets/floor, you might decide to change your wall color - wall color gets changed more often than cabinets & floors do. That way you have the golden tones at the top, middle and bottom (floor) of your kitchen. You could still choose a green shade of course, but if you ever decide to change your walls you'll still be wanting to choose something to coordinate with the green in the countertop (that's where a countertop with varying shades of green would help).

You can order WilsonArt samples at their website too. That page has a neat little function where you can choose colors to go with a color group, cabinet color or allpliance color.

The Flooring Lady at September 7, 2008 11:54 AM

Can you really use flooring for countertop surface? Any photos? Seems like thickness would be an issue (3/4"). Any experience with adding a matching wood fence for the facing edge set at 2" or 3" for the illusion of thickness. Can you seal over existing pre-finish with a food-safe finish? Is water damage a potential issue at the seams?

Anonymous at September 8, 2008 8:02 AM

Yes you can! Actually, it was a rather popular method back in the 1950's and it's making a comeback. Here's a good article about it.

There are food-safe finishes that can be applied as well; the best thing to do is check with the manufacturer of the chosen material and ask them what can be used without voiding their warranty.

The Flooring Lady at September 8, 2008 2:35 PM

I'm getting Ikea Birch cabinets, and kempas flooring (dark and variated like cherry) but am having a hard time with counter top choice.

I've considered granite, quartz and laminate!

I like kasmir gold granite, wilsonart sedona bluff
http://samples.wilsonart.com/p-119-sedona-bluff-1824-35.aspx
and LG Viatera in sedona
http://www.gwsurfaces.com/Images/ColorChips/LG%20Viatera/pages/sedona_jpg.htm
and valencia
http://www.gwsurfaces.com/Images/ColorChips/LG%20Viatera/pages/Valencia_jpg.htm

link to my kitchen;
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30216148@N03/2831066830/in/set-72157607124642064/

whaddya think?

jenni at September 18, 2008 8:02 AM

Hi Jenni,
I'm as stumped as you are with making a choice - they're all great! I especially like the Valencia, should contrast nicely with the birch and go well with the flooring. But durn, I like them all!

The Flooring Lady at September 20, 2008 1:25 PM

So are you saying that you can put laminate wood flooring on as countertops?????

patti at January 26, 2009 7:58 AM

Anything is possible. ;~)

The Flooring Lady at January 29, 2009 11:59 AM

I am in the process of having my kitchen totaly renovated. I would like to blend a living room, kitchen and backroom addition. The living room has light blue furniture (pillows sage green, peach, yellow) a mostly yellow side chair (with stripes blue, sage green peach), medium brown dark wood floors. In my kitchen, I plan to get granite countertops, new cabinets ceramic tile floor (which will flow into the addition). My problem is: What wall color(s) for the living room, kitchen & addition, What granite colors, tile colors, cabinet colors?
I'm totally confused. I know I would like to incorporate some sort of blue and brown in the granite color. The cabinet color can depend on the brown in the granite.

HELP!!!!!

Dee at February 19, 2009 7:47 AM

Hi Dee,
You might want to visit a decorating website for all those questions. This site is for flooring. ;~)

The Flooring Lady at February 19, 2009 11:08 AM

Hi! So happy to have found you! I have a small kitchen. I am putting in new tile and a new counter top. But, I dont know where to start. Do I pick the tile first or the counter first? Should the flooring be darker or the counter be darker? Will darker flooring make the room appear smaller? Does the size of the tile matter for a small room? Shoudl I use smaller tiles or larger 12x12 tiles?

Thank you so much!
Melissa

Melissa at February 27, 2009 1:02 PM

Hi Melissa,
Usually, dark flooring will make a room look smaller, and it doesn't really matter if you pick out 12 x 12 tiles or smaller ones. Your floor doesn't have to be tiles - there are some wonderful vinyl and linoleum choices as well (lino will last longer). You can even consider stone. It doesn't matter which you pick out first, you can pick them out at the same time if you wish.

The Flooring Lady at March 1, 2009 12:17 PM

I live in a modern log home and am in the process of redoing my kitchen floor and countertops. Would it look good to tile both? Should it be the same size and color?

Thanks

Charlotte at June 9, 2009 12:15 PM

Hi Charlotte,

It will definitely unify your kitchen and give it a "modern" look. You will just have to decide what kind of "look" you desire in your log home. If you have both the countertops and floor in the same size tile, you will definitely have a uniform look.

The Flooring Lady at June 10, 2009 10:52 AM

I have a cottage style kitchen, delft blue with pure white trims & molding. I need to replace tired gray laminate countertops and an old black and white floor. I want to use granite or quartz for the countertop and am looking for suggestions on how to blend countertop and floor color choices.
I have 15 year old hardwood floors in the dining room leading into the kitchen, so I'm afraid using wood laminate would clash with the real wood. If I use ceramic tile, would I be trying to match pattern in the countertop or contrast/blend? Less pattern or more? Also, does granite or quartz complement a cottage style or conflict with it?

Charlene at September 13, 2009 11:11 AM

Charlene,

I will answer your question on the countertops first. Granite and Quartz would look absolutely stunning in a cottage setting. I'm not aware of the color of your cabinets. Without that knowledge I can give you my limited opinion.

They have beautiful white counter tops with flecks of black that will give your home an upscale cottage look as well as add value to your home.

In regards to laminate vs. tile it really is up to you! Using tile would give your home a beautiful look and help to separate the room. You could pick a tile that plays on the wood flooring in the dining room or use the laminate to help the two rooms flow together. I would suggest before any renovation you research by picking up decorating magazine or books along with doing a few searches on my favorite decorating source, Google.com. Remember to have fun!

The Flooring Lady at September 15, 2009 7:58 PM

Thanks. My cabinets are beautiful medium/dark oak that I do not plan to change. Appliances are black dishwasher, oven & stove and white refrigerator and microwave. Right now I'm thinking of replacing the refrigerator and microwave with black so they all match. I know stainless steel is really popular now, but I think it would look too modern for my kitchen. If I go with all black appliances, the white countertop with black flecks might tie things together nicely. I've also seen a white granite with some brown and gray flecks that I thought might tie in with cabinets. Or what about going with a darker counter with lighter flecks? Would it be less likely to show wear? Then, is it better to look for floor tile with the counter top colors in it or tile that blends with the hardwood coming in from the dining room?

Charlene at September 18, 2009 5:41 AM

Charlene,

Hi. Decorating a home is hard to do when you're there, and worse when you aren't. It sounds like you are taking the time to pick out exactly what will look best for you.

The wear on the counters would depend more on the material rather than the color. For example, a linoleum counter being the same color all the way through does not show nicks and scratches as much as other materials.

The color of the flooring would depend on your personal taste, but using the same material for both kitchen flooring and countertops helps unify the kitchen and gives it a more sophisticated and up-to-date look.

There is an article you may be interested in reading before choosing your counter tops - Granite Countertops a Recipe for Danger?. A google search on the topic will bring up more.

The Flooring Lady at September 21, 2009 7:27 AM

We are in the process of building a new home. It is going to be an open concept ranch home. The kitchen is going to have a wrap around bar area that opens to the great room with a dropped ceiling around the kitchen. I am having panic attacks when it comes to choosing out the right granite for counter tops as well as the right ceramic tiling for the floor. I am going to use the same floor tiling throughout as everything is open to each other. I find that I am attracted to all the earth tones browns and golds but at the same time, everyone seems to have these colors and I would like to be a bit unique yet tasteful. Can you help me please?

Heidi at November 3, 2009 1:54 PM

Heidi,

Decorating a room or home is really a personal choice that is very hard to help with.

I would look into the suggestions in the article above and choose something that you feel looks the best to you for your home.

The Flooring Lady at November 4, 2009 9:27 AM

I have a marble white/gray counter top on my bathroom sink. I am in the process of purchasing a new bathroom floor (ceramic tile) the tile I really like is cream with beige and a little gray. Will this tile like good with the bathroom sink tile. I really don't want to get gray and white flooring. Need help what color should I purchase for my floor

Anne at November 6, 2009 10:36 AM

I have a townhome that was once wall to wall carpet. The living room and dining room are separated by a doorway and I plan to use jatoba engineered wood, but I wanted to know if a modern style black and white tile in the kitchen will coordinate with the hardwood flooring, as the kitchen and dining room is separated by only a doorway. Thanks for your input

cole at November 8, 2009 9:02 PM

Anne,

Decorating is really a personal choice. I would suggest getting some color samples to compare and see which ones you like the best.

The Flooring Lady at November 12, 2009 12:06 PM

Cole,

Without seeing the room, it would be very difficult to help with a decorating decision.

I would suggest getting some samples and comparing them to the wood floor and see if you like the results.

The Flooring Lady at November 13, 2009 9:41 AM


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