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I’ve already told you that you shouldn’t choose more than one pattern when selecting your finishes like flooring, countertops and/or backsplash. But, many of you still want to know if hardwood floors are considered a pattern. Here’s when wood is a pattern that you can’t ignore and when it is classic and timeless. 

Recently, I posted a video on Tik Tok about the two biggest mistakes even experts make when choosing tile.

Those easy mistakes when choosing tile are:

  1. Choosing a tile with a trendy colour or pattern that will soon be dated
  2. Choosing more than one pattern in hard finishes for a single room. 

If you have a pattern in your granite or quartz, your backsplash needs to be solid. And your floor should ideally be wood.

I received countless questions about hardwood floors and whether I considered them to be a pattern.

Are hardwood floors considered a pattern?

Well it depends.  If you have the right hardwood, that is natural-looking wood without too much busy or contrasting tones and grain, then your hardwood is both TIMELESS and NOT considered a pattern. 

Natural Pale Hardwood Floors

Light Natural-Looking, high end laminate floors in my Home (see my house tour here)

In fact, the reason why it would be best if you had hardwood floors in every room in your home (except maybe the bathrooms) is because in general, they ARE just like a pair of denim jeans. They pretty much go with anything.

Hardwood floors are like jeans in the right colour AND stay away from anything blotchy, busy or trendy

The flooring you choose is a BIG DEAL.

The problem of too many flooring transitions

Too often it’s the case that when you buy a house, you have to replace ALL the floors BEFORE you moved in because you simply couldn’t stand any of it for 10 minutes.

Or, you didn’t replace them but dearly wished you had, AFTER you move all your furniture into the house and now it’s so much harder because you literally MUST move every stitch of furniture out of each room you’re replacing. We’ve all been there.

It’s also common to have too many unsightly flooring transitions. I’ve seen more than half a dozen different flooring styles in one house on one story!

While some combination of carpet, hardwood and tile was standard for many builder homes between the 80s and the early aughts, now, most builders are aware that one versatile wood flooring pretty much throughout the main floor (with the exception of bathrooms and laundry) is expected.

But the dated look of too many flooring transitions is what many of us are still dealing with. And then it becomes tempting to replace one or two areas of particularly dated tile with a trendier grey or taupe tile or wood look floor, unfortunately this only adds to the disjointed look.

When we moved into this house it was like that.

The living room and guest bedrooms had original carpets from the 80s (yuck).  The master bedroom had brown laminate, the hallways had light maple laminate and the family room had a cherry laminate. To top it all off, the kitchen and adjoining laundry and bathroom had original 80s checkered linoleum with the occasional image of a basket with flowers poking out of them.

Likely the entire house originally had carpet and then, room by room, the carpet was replaced with different laminate flooring. Whatever happened to be on sale. Or, I know, let’s be ‘different’ because that will be more ‘interesting’. Nooooooooo.

And thank goodness my designer friend Jan Romanuk talked me into replacing them BEFORE we moved in. I was entertaining unrealistic thoughts like, “Maybe a year after we’ve lived there we’ll replace them,” without thinking that through, ’cause wait a minute. . . that will be like we’re moving all over again. 

I have a friend who lives in a rented townhouse. The carpet was brand new when she moved in but immediately started to buckle. Turns out it’s defective and cannot be fixed. The landlord would replace it no charge, BUT she would literally have to pack up the entire house and move out in order for that to happen. And they won’t pay for that. So her buckling carpet remains intact 🙁 

Anyway, if you are suffering with floors that need replacing, here are some tips you need to know:

These are the two most timeless hardwood colours:

Pale or Blonde Oak (on the left) and Medium Brown (on the right)

House Beautiful | Blonde (Pale oak or something close)  /  Veranda Homes | Medium brown (in this realm)

Not every house can have a pale oak look. Some styles of homes require a darker medium toned floor. 

Again, before I go any further, notice that currently what’s trending (natural light oak floors) ALSO happens to be timeless. Very different from the last 20 years with grey and espresso wood floors.

To quote a shelter magazine I just opened up while writing this post:

You know hardwood floors are huge because you see miles of pale oak floors in almost every home we show these days. The trend is definitely pale woods with very little graining. You can find pale oak plank floors in a wide range of prices, widths and lengths from local suppliers. The longer the boards, the more expensive. If you want very little grain, ask for “select” and “rift”or “edge cut.” This will eliminate the knots and cross-graining. But if you’re going for more rugged, country style, then you want “rift and quarter sawn.”

Less is more when it comes to pattern in hardwood floors

The key is “very little graining”. Why? Because then you don’t have a strong pattern to balance out. When you get seduced by the 7 by 48 inch sample in the store that has lots of “interest” in the shape of contrasting tones, swirly or rustic pattern and wood grain, it’s important to consider just how much pattern it will translate into in the full square footage of your home. 

When it comes to pattern in wood floors, less is more. And less is more timeless and versatile.

Why we love home decor trends

When I started writing this blog 12 years ago, the Tuscan brown trend was going out and the grey trend arrived on the scene. Now that we’ve done 10 years of the grey trend, we’re in the black and white trend.

As you know, I’m not the person who will EVER simply tell you to “Ignore my opinion and just go with what you LOVE.”

What most people are IN LOVE with is the trends when they are IN. Everyone loves the trends (myself included) and it’s hard NOT to think they will last forever when they are everywhere.

When a trend first hits, what was old suddenly seems soooo old, and what’s new seems so fresh and so fabulous that you get tricked into thinking ‘this will be timeless forever’ or ‘I will love this forever.’

In fact the trend starts looking so normal, and so comfortable, you start to believe it just isn’t possible that it could EVER BE OUT.

This means the average consumer cannot be trusted to ‘choose what they love’ because ‘what they love’ is almost guaranteed to change when the trends change AGAIN.

I have talked to so many clients over the years who have said, “I’ve always loved grey.” Now everyone is saying, “I’ve always loved white” or “I’ve always loved black.”

And there is nothing wrong with any of that. It’s making every choice grey, or every choice black, that will make your house SCREAM “I was renovated/built in the black and white trend.”

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, and you’re old enough to have lived through a trend or two. YOU know better.

These are the two wood tones that are now considered OUT (below). I’m also including the dates when they started (in the west coast) and when they peaked here.

Espresso StaircaseGrey Staircase

Read more: What if I Don’t Like the Grey Flooring that is Everywhere?

When is wood tile a pattern?

Even if the windows and treatments in this bathroom didn’t clash so badly (below) this blotchy and stripey floor is anything but timeless and ends up looking like a mish-mash of colours that were totally ignored by all the subsequent marble tile and shiplap that was installed here.

When is wood tile classic and timeless?

Here is a white bathroom (below) with timeless, medium brown wood-look tile installed correctly AND we end up with a floor that is neutral because this is what a hardwood floor should look like:

Bathroom design via Claire Jefford, Designer & True Colour Expert

Remind me what a timeless bathroom looks like?

Since you would not install hardwood flooring on a wall, it doesn’t work in a wood look tile either.

A timeless bathroom (tile and countertops) should BE primarily white or cream or certainly the walls should be white tile. This is JUST my opinion, doesn’t mean it’s right. However, 10 years from now, we will all be able to say exactly which era this bathroom was installed (below). However, you cannot say the same for the above white bathroom.

This blue wood look floor, while pretty in this setting because the blue has been repeated in the decorating and in what appears to be a beach house, still bosses you around forever. Because it’s a fixed colour and strong pattern you will need to decorate around these blue floors forever.

Trendir

Because this wood look tile (below) is installed randomly, and in a timeless colour, it simply looks like a wood floor and is no longer a ‘pattern’. You can choose almost any countertop without worrying about this floor. It does not boss you around.

Wood look floor tile

When I started searching for images for this post, I was actually quite horrified at the amount of wildly patterned, blotchy, terrible colours that are available for purchase.

The only place I can imagine installing wood-look tile or hardwood in something this stripey (below) is perhaps in a restaurant where the colour scheme is basic and not as filled with different decor items as a living room would be. Commercial spaces tend to be trendier and are renovated more frequently. 

In my last post about not mixing patterns in your hard finishes, someone posted this comment, which I thought was worth repeating here:

“I sell flooring and fortunately my showroom has dozens of flooring styles installed on the floor. Some of them have a lot of shade variation. One of my customers showed me her granite countertops as she was looking at a floor with loads of variation.

She asked me what I thought of the two together. I told her, “let me see if I can tell you what I’m thinking, if the granite was your shirt, would that floor be your pants?” She immediately got it and looked for a more even-toned floor.”

A faulty hard finish selection process I see all the time

Here’s a real life example of this very conversation. I received this question from a reader and thought I would post it here:
“Hi Maria! I love your blog and just finished reading one of your books. I have a question regarding  wood-look tile. We have to put wood-look tile in our kitchen because hardwood just isn’t a practical solution for us (kids, older dogs, etc.)
 
We are about to start a kitchen renovation and chose granite as our countertop. It’s called Persa Avorio and it has a mix of white/cream/gray and I’m putting in a solid backsplash.
 
I found a wood-look tile that is a really light warm gray color, like whitewashed wood, with a subtle wood grain pattern on it. My husband prefers another tile that has a distressed pattern to it but picks up colors of the granite and is a bit darker.
 
We did our homework and put the tiles up to the granite etc. and both tiles go color-wise. Does a distressed pattern on wood-look tile count as a pattern? I’m thinking you will say yes, but I’d like to hear your thoughts. 

Which wood-look floor tile goes with my granite?

 

In this real-life example, the wood-look tile definitely counts as a pattern and definitely does not work.

Why?

Because neither option looks like real wood. 

I have seen this happen many times. We make a choice and then the choices that build on top of the first choice don’t really work, so we start focusing on the wrong questions.

And the question she’s asking here is, which floor works with the granite?

When the question really should be, is this (random, busy granite choice) the best direction in the first place?

But first, let’s add a floor that is way closer to the world of timeless but still relates to the cabinets:

Notice all I had to do was grab the classic tile I just posted two images ago
 

Much better. Now the focus goes back to the granite and the fact that it has so many colours in it and not one of them relates to the cabinet? Nor does it provide any nice crisp contrast. Well, maybe it’s time to go back to the drawing board here as well. 

When I recently posted this reader’s dilemma with her granite and tile choice, I received a comment from a reader who said, “But you still didn’t answer her question?”

And I replied, “What question is that?”

She said, “You didn’t tell her which paint colour would make the floor work with the countertop (below)?”

 
 

Ah, but that would be magic wouldn’t it? In this case and with this granite, there is no magic. This granite should never have been installed with this flooring. The end.

Are there times when I can pull out my fan deck and pick a magic paint colour that makes two elements that look terrible, look (if not right as rain) at least much better?

Yes, and I have done it thousands and thousands of times in my 20 year career. And I dearly wish I could do that here to help my lovely reader’s new build kitchen. But sadly, in this case, a single paint colour will not pull all of this together.

Notice, however, that somehow my reader immediately assumed there must be a magical paint colour that would fix it.

As my True Colour Experts learn in my Colour training courses, sometimes there simply is no magic. As much as we would love to pull a trick out of our hat to make everything better!

Back to my readers question above.

“Which wood-look tile works with the granite I’ve chosen?”

The answer is neither would be a classic and timeless choice. And I’m also saying if nothing is installed yet, I would rethink everything.

Just this week, we chose colours for a kitchen that had a very similar look. My client had inherited the busy combination and she couldn’t replace it yet so she bought a cabinet colour package** to paint her cabinets.

**PS. Please note we DO NOT offer a stand alone single hard finish (tile, countertop or hardwood flooring) service. In my experience it’s impossible to properly specify a countertop or tile or hardwood floor without weighing in on all the other items being installed. When a client purchases a complete package that covers everything and I can provide a more full-service approach, they are much happier with the end result and advice.
Therefore if you purchase a cabinet colour and DO NOT have an installed countertop, you will need to upgrade to the classic bathroom or kitchen, renovation or new build package in order to receive advice on a hard finish selection.

Always start your design project with the end in mind

Why create the kind of kitchen that needs to be rescued by a paint colour in the first place?

Not when you could have a kitchen that looked like this:

 
**Note: It’s rare that a matching patterned countertop looks this good on the backsplash as well. For most people, subway tile, or a white/cream tile in a different pattern is still the best plan. This kitchen is on the blog post because its pretty and timeless. Not to be confused that you need to run out and install your slab on the backsplash as well.
Or this.
 
 

Thank you to both my readers who gave me permission to post these images. It helps everyone.

And I hope this long post helps clear up confusion about wood and wood-look patterns and colours. Because if there is one finish that really should be as timeless as possible, it’s the one with the most square footage, and the hardest one to change.

If you’d like help with your new build or renovation, purchase an eDesign package here.

PS. My live workshops are going virtual. We will have all the details and prices up on the site soon, sign up here to be notified, spaces will be limited.

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  • Avatar Lorri says:

    Maria, like you, I love love love pale brown floors.

    That said, grey floors are still classic IF you go by how the French did them. Their gray floors were always a very WARM grey, and not these dead grey floors we see today. I do still prefer brown tones though.

    As for all the blotchy woods floors that have shown up on the scene, I think they are sooooo ugly.

    • Avatar DeniseGK says:

      I think you also need to do windows the way they are usually seen in these homes: large windows and lots of them. The volume of full spectrum daylight has a huge effect.

  • I was on this topic today with one of your designer. Thank you for the article. You are really a color expert and we appreciate all you do1

  • VERY excited to see you going virtual for your upcoming events! I was going to reach out and ask about this option and lo and behold it’s on the way!

    PS I’m also an event planner and have lots of contacts up in Canada if you are looking for how to best transition to virtual. I’m happy to chat!

  • Avatar Karen says:

    Very good lesson. I don’t know if I would have thought to change flooring before moving into a house. And, the advice about making sure the flooring and counter go together is very helpful and important.
    I have to say that that wild blue floor with the water view is *amazing*, but most of us are working with more average homes.

  • Avatar Mary says:

    Very helpful. I am renovating a beach house that is almost a blank slate – except for the granite that we had to pick due a) incredible price and b) husband who loves granite. So….I read this and immediately went to your edesign choices to see if I could purchase flooring selection and don’t see one. Have you ever considered offering one – similar to the cabinet option?

    • Maria Killam Maria Killam says:

      Hi Mary,
      Unfortunately, I do not offer a stand alone single hard finish (tile, countertop or hardwood flooring) service. In my experience it’s impossible to properly specify a countertop or tile or hardwood floor without weighing in on all the other items being installed. When a client purchases a complete package that covers everything and I can provide a more full-service approach, they are much happier with the end result and advice. Maria

    • Avatar Laura says:

      Thanks Maria! This post was so helpful and made a lot of sense.

      What do you have to say about wood counter tops?
      Are they timeless?

  • Avatar Karen says:

    I should add that thanks to your blog, I selected a natural walnut cabinet and light cream/white floor and counters for a little powder room that we are DIY’ing.

  • Avatar Kay says:

    We’re considering moving to a different state and I’ve been looking at houses. Hundreds of them, at least; perhaps thousands by now. Unfortunately we are restricted as to price because we currently live in an extremely affordable housing market.

    I’d like an older house and have viewed countless ones online. I can’t tell you how many have been ruined by the installation of grey flooring. The grey paint can more easily be changed, but the horrid grey floors are very expensive to replace. And, as you say, they often co-exist with other flooring in a conglomeration that makes me feel sick. Whenever I see the words “recently renovated” in a description, I brace myself for the horror that is almost inevitable.

  • Avatar Shaune says:

    I noticed in your photo of your hall that your home is heated by baseboards. Are they electric or hot water? I ask as I have electric ones and have been told to never hang drapes as they pose a fire hazard. You have lovely drapes in many of your living areas. Do you have special covers for the heaters or perhaps they are hot water heaters?

  • Avatar Rebecca Schildroth says:

    Great post! A lot of builders and home owners could us this advice. My daughter lives in a new developement. Some of their spec homes are already dated. She was able to pick her finishes and make some modiifcations to their floor plan.

    I got to choose new finishes in most of our remodeled home a couple of years ago. Your opinions are ones that agree with what I picked. As always, I wanted to have the main finishes rather neutral. The only exception is the countertop on a table in the laundry room. The granitite is a rather busy pattern. I wanted some fun in that room. It is something that could be easily changed.

    I like to look at older magazines and pictures to see what has stood the test of time.

    • Avatar DeniseGK says:

      The laundry room was a smart choice for fun: it’s also closed off from the rest of the house, I bet, and the counter doesn’t have to make sense with anything in another room. Unlike the kitchen counters in many people’s open plan homes.

  • Avatar Pam says:

    I learn something from every post. Thank you. This is the first time I’ve noticed you posting about using wood look tile instead of real wood. I’m redoing a bathroom and just assumed it needed to have a neutral white or cream tile floor because so many tiles are trendy. I didn’t even consider wood look tile for the bathroom because it seems like a new thing and I was thinking it might be trendy. So are you saying I could safely install a realistic wood tile on my bathroom floors in a light or medium color and it would be timeless? I love that idea because white tile is so hard to keep clean. Thanks for your insight!

    • Maria Killam Maria Killam says:

      Hi Pam, If you have hardwood floors anywhere else in your house, I would NOT install it randomly in a bathroom. You want your hardwood flooring to look the same everywhere. Having said that, it won’t look BAD if you do it right, I would simply want my hardwood floors to be the same throughout the house. Hope that helps, Maria

    • Avatar Diane says:

      I may be confused here…
      What if the wood-look tile “planks” are a close match to the look of the real wood?
      I think most of us are hesitant to install actual wood floors in a bath.
      I did vinyl wood planking MANY years ago in my kitchen. It butted right up to the original wood floors in my dining room.
      It was a shockingly uncanny match.

    • Avatar Robin says:

      We installed hardwood floors in the master bath 3 years ago and we LOVE them! They match perfectly to the entire main floor of medium brown hardwood.and we love them!! Even the kitchen has hardwood. The only exception is the off white tile in the laundry. Our installer knew his trade and said he had clients whose master bath hardwood floors still look great after 30 years. We do not have small children at home. And We do have bath rugs in front of the shower and soaker tub which are taken up and hung to dry after use. Timeless? Absolutely!!!
      Wonderful post Maria👏

  • Avatar Sonja says:

    We purchased a 30 year old house last year knowing that we need to fully renovate. It’s a 2000 square foot rancher and we will need to completely replace all the flooring in the next couple of years. Doing some more urgent renos first though, like windows. We have dogs and will not be able to put in hardwood of any type. I’m not going to spend all that money and then have it scratch. I like the idea of glue down vinyl plank flooring. That way if one gets damaged, we can pull it up and replace it. They have some really nice looking floors now but everything has some version of gray in it. Driving me crazy because I love antiques and our wood pieces have a definite red undertone to them. So difficult to find an option that works. I’m hoping that the gray trend will subside a bit more before we have to make a firm decision.

    • Avatar Amanda Jewell-Williams says:

      Real Solid hardwood floors are awesome in a kitchen. Scratches are not very noticeable, unless you stain it an awful ebony color. Solid wood flooring lasts 100’s of years and when it gets too much wear after 30+years… you sand it and it’s back to new. You won’t ever want a new floor because it is TIMELESS!! Solid hardwood maple or oak is perfection. I chose to install real solid hardwood maple in my kitchen to match the rest of the house. I was on a budget, but I made sure I did it right. I think engineered flooring was more costly actually (because we are told to buy that). I chose not to stain it and had matte finish top coat applied. I also have two rambunctious dogs. It’s still perfect after 5 years. It’s comforting underfoot, it’s warm.

    • Avatar Barbara says:

      Sonja, I had vinyl plank flooring installed in a rental townhouse that I owned, after the last tenants burned 27 holes in the living/dining room carpet. It looked fantastic. However, it was extremely slippery. Our neighbours had it installed in their home and they say that now their dog won’t come into the room at all, and he isn’t old.

      When I was selling my rental a year later, during a showing a child must have run his toy car back and forth, back and forth on one spot, because there were terrible scratches there. Oh, I was annoyed. But I got it sold, I was tired of tenants.

  • Avatar Shari says:

    Just wondering…with all the beautiful and stunning white quartz kitchens being shown nowadays, do people actually cook? They are gorgeous but don’t seem practical for those of us that really use their kitchens. Any suggestions how to choose fixed elements for us that are/and want to be less careless?

    • Avatar Amanda Jewell-Williams says:

      I make from scratch cooking 3-4 times a week. My kitchen has all white cabinets, and very light floors. I don’t have a large kitchen, so maybe that helps. I keep it spotless, just by giving everything a quick ‘wipe everything down as I go”. You can still be an avid cook and have a clean white kitchen!

  • Avatar Kathleen Bell says:

    Which is better, porcelain or ceramic tile flooring that looks like wood?

  • Avatar Shirley Carroll says:

    Oh my….. this is so hard….I live with dark brown antiques….like the desk my grandad’s dad made for him in Ceylon where he was born in 1881. It is just me left in my one level house that we bought 30 years ago. I love my house that faces south in the back, looks out over Merritt and has sun all day long….and has wall to wall windows. I love my antiques (all original dark brown), I love my house, I hate the carpet we put in when the kids were babies. I had planed expresso colored hardwood to match the antiques. Now I am thinking MISTAKE, I don’t want to swiffer all day everyday. I read your web page religiously and wish I could have a white kitchen….but my husband installed our cherry one and we have all the sunlight and I loved my husband. What to do…medium brown?

  • Avatar Shari says:

    Amanda Jewell-Williams, TY for responding. It sounds as if you have made some wise decorating choices. By chance do you have white quartz also? I’m seriously thinking about installing it in my home, but I’m worried about stain and heat issues.

  • Avatar debra says:

    This was such a great article. I really think you nailed it, and I learned so much when thinking about placement of say, wood-look ceramic tile (not that I’ve used it before).

    The one thing I always ‘budget’ for when we move, is refinish the hard-wood floors (if they need it) before you move in. It’s well worth it in the long run.

    We’re in the process of renovating an old house for resale- we’re not living in it. I will consider the final picture before we start the kitchen- instead of putting it together piece by piece and hoping it works!

    Thanks again for sharing your wisdom and advice!

  • Avatar Melissa says:

    What a great post! It’s almost like a public service announcement for people/builders to stop making bad choices. Lol. Two years ago we did a kitchen refresh (new quartz counters, subway tile backsplash and new lighting). I was kidding myself that I could somehow make the dated, yellow travertine flooring work – big mistake! Now when I look at it it just looks like nicotine stains-yuck. I’m trying to find something thin enough to go over travertine so we don’t have the mess of ripping it out. Wood-look anything is not an option because we already have a honey brown engineered hardwood in the rest of the house. I’m leaning towards cork but nervous about getting it installed properly (and it’s expensive). Anyone have any thoughts on cork?

  • Avatar Sonja Bermingham says:

    Great post, I learned so much! Thanks Maria!!!

  • Avatar Liz says:

    Awesome post, Maria! I’m so happy ur helping to save the world fm bad reno’s/builds. We looked at a newly-renovated condo a while back – alleged $400k reno & I said ‘the floors are violet-undertoned taupe & the counters are yellow-undertoned slab” (which they did use as backsplash as well).

    The realtor asked if I would be intimidated by a reno to change them out & I replied not at all but I’m not paying a premium on a condo because it’s had an expensive reno & then reno’ing it!

    There are sooo many developers & homeowners that need what u have to offer — thx for all ur generosity 👍🏻💕🌟

  • Avatar Lucy says:

    Wonderful post Maria. What I like most about your posts is that you make people think and rationalize. Not many people do that anymore because it’s easier to just go along with what’s popular and everyone else is doing it!

    Keep up the good work because you are making a difference!

  • Avatar Sunshine says:

    Stellar post! Probably the single most important blog post I’ve read, here or anywhere. This practical explanation of wood tones and patterns on floors is exactly why I trust Maria’s advice.

  • Avatar Fra Na says:

    Hi Maria, what about hardwood that is laid in a pattern? We have always had brown hardwood throughout our houses except for full baths. Last house was oak stained walnut. We are looking a building a new home and I love the look of herringbone floors. Does that create a pattern concern or is it ok as long as the wood is mid brown?

  • Avatar Mimi says:

    Maria, would you know the product name to source your hall laminate? It’s exactly what I’m looking for…thanks!

  • Avatar Summer says:

    Hi Maria!

    Your posts so far this year have been even more helpful than usual. I’ve learned so much from this blog, and I’m so grateful for all the expert advice you share here.

    Could I request that you do a follow-up post on bathroom and mudroom/laundry tiles that you would recommend? I understand you’d mostly recommend white-marble floors for bathrooms, but I can’t picture what therefore works for a mudroom.

    Thanks so much!

  • Avatar Allison Johannes says:

    Maria,
    You mentioned that not every type of home can pull off pale oak floors (which I assume are another name for white oak?). I am currently remodeling my entire home and am in the process of selecting a hardwood that will span the kitchen, living room, entryway and hallway. What are the factors that my home needs to have to make it a good candidate for pale oak floors vs medium brown floors? For context, the walls are paint a light, neutral gray (Passive, SW), we’re doing an all-white kitchen, and we have fair natural lighting. Any advice is appreciated!

  • Avatar Kristin Weigand says:

    I am soooo glad I read Maria’s advice about hardwood floors before we installed ours two years ago. We chose a medium brown maple engineered hardwood with just enough grain to make it interesting but not enough to be overwhelming. We LOVE our floors and believe they will go with whatever paint color and decor trends come and go 🙂

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