As you may remember, one of my plans for this year was to tear out the carpet in the family room and my basement stairs. It's a light beige color, and with three kids and a 120 pound dog, it's just not working. I thought I had made a decision on what I wanted, but like most things, I felt the need to shop
every store within a 20 mile radius around before making a leap.
So, my family room has looked like this:
And while I love Pinterest and Houzz and all of the design inspiration at my fingertips, sometimes it can paralyze the decision making process.
For instance - I come upon a photo like this one, that feeds my notion of having hardwood floors put down on a diagonal.
Or I discover floors like this - great wide planks with other varied widths thrown in for great interest.
And then when I go back to see my Flooring Guy and share my new ideas, I'm faced with even more choices.
For example, if I want uber-wide planks of different widths, and I still want solid hardwoods, I run the risk of them cupping with changes in humidity, for example. Which then brings up the option of engineered wood, and the choices that are available there.
All of these samples are engineered wood. Beautiful, yes? My husband was even smitten with the one on the right, because it's just what he had in mind. Gorgeous wide planks in different widths - I think the widest plank was 8 inches. Beautiful.
I don't know what it is, but engineered wood just doesn't sit right with me. Maybe it's because I don't trust things like genetically engineered food. I know it's supposed to be more structurally sound than solid hardwoods, and definitely a great option for a basement or a home that's on a slab. But, there is something about a solid hardwood floor that brings out the purist in me. I love old homes that still have the original wood floors - loads of character and history. And I love that you can refinish them more times over than you can with an engineered floor.
If you're ever agonizing over this choice - check out the dialog at Thrify Decor Chick when she was contemplating her flooring options. I think I read every. single. comment.
So, I think I've made a decision on my floor - different, but still similar to my original choice back in May. (Yes, that's how long this has taken) It's a solid maple hardwood floor, handscraped, but not too handscraped. Just enough to where it has some character to it. This photo makes it look a bit darker than what it really is, but I love it.
I know there is controversy surrounding dark hardwood floors when it comes to upkeep. On the bright side, our ginormous dog has black hair vs. white, so hopefully any doggy dust bunnies won't be too terribly noticeable. It can't be much worse than seeing his black hair on my nearly-white-beige carpet, right?
I think I'm going to ask for a Roomba for Christmas this year...