Home decorating question-floors

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Home decorating question-floors
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Thu, 07-10-2003 - 7:53am
We are planning to rreplace our carpet in living and family rooms with wood (pergo) and the vinyl in the kitchen/dining room with tile.

For anyone else who has done so, pros and cons.

Also we have a set amount to spend (a small inheiritance from Grandmother) so figure we will get the best bang for the buck spending the money on the best quality materials and then doing the work ourselve. Has anyone done so and have horror stories or tips.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 07-10-2003 - 5:07pm
Oh, I definately will not be doing white. A few years ago in a rental we had white floors in our kitchen. I swore that I would never have white floors again. So of course the house that we bought has white floors.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 07-11-2003 - 5:51am
I like the terra cotta tiles, but I have issues with the color scheme. My dining room is pink to match the antique china my grandmother willed to me, and I'm afraid the terra cotta of the kitchen leading into the pink dining room would be...well, hideous. I wonder if I could get the terra cotta in a browner/tan rather than with the reddish/orange/salmon tint....
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Registered: 05-13-2003
Fri, 07-11-2003 - 9:31am
Ours is kind of a brown/tan color, not really orangey. The walls in the kitchen and adjoining family room are a sage green, which go really well with it. Would the china go with a minty/sagey green? Pink usually looks great with that color, and I just saw a beautiful toile in that color.......(I tend to get carried away with decorating)....
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Fri, 07-11-2003 - 2:46pm
Well, the accent color in the dining room is a deep green of the same shade family as the lighter sage green that I used to decorate the kitchen (so they flow); I think the brown/tan would work pretty well, particularly since the cabinets in the kitchen are almond (and most of the appliances, excepting the fridge and washer/dryer) are black). I'm planning to go with a dark green/black Silestone countertop (if I ever get around to replacing the counters in there now.) the floors need an upgrade worse than the counters do, but the counters will be less expensive because if I replace the kitchen floor, I'll have to redo the entire entry hall as well (same cheap builder installed vinyl in a layout that wouldn't flow well without the change in both areas. I can leave the storage room (off the entry hall, behind the swing of the front door) in the vinyl if the seam ends up just inside the storage closet area (covered by the storage closet door, but that still leaves me nearly 16' x 4' additional to the 10'x 5' in the kitchen. The front hall is done in the same green as the kitchen.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Sun, 07-13-2003 - 9:00am
I absolutely hate Pergo. It looks cheap and sounds hollow when you walk on it. We have real hardwood in the bedrooms and a terracotta mexican tile throughout the rest of the house. We have absolutely no carpet anywhere, I hate carpet as I think it is unhealthy. We have never broke a tile, however the tile we have is very high quality, it is about3/4 inch thick. We have dropped many things (glasses and such) on it. If you look around for a good price on real wood, it isn't that much more money. You can put a couple coats of glaze on it so it keeps it's life with kids and all.

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