A flood forced me to remodel my kitchen about seven years ago. Seven years ago I had installed red oak floors stained dark, laid on a 45 degree angle to the room and had custom gray cabinets installed. Last year we got a third dog (that is a story for another day) and she sheds (our other two don’t). Horribly. And her fur is white. So I got myself a good vacuum and told myself that vacuuming everyday (and sometimes twice a day) is just the way it is, kinda like weeds that don’t get pulled when small, will someday be big. Deal with it sister. Fast-forward seven years and our sewer line failed and sprinkled poo water in 80% (?) of the basement, 4 of the 5/6 rooms down there. I’m going to go with 80% but I’m sure there is a mathematical real estate formula for figuring this number out.
The basement was going to have to be pretty much redone and one thing was for sure, I really wanted hardwood tile to replace the gross carpet. And if we could swing it, an old unused closet turned into a small wet bar. Really a sink, dorm fridge and microwave station, but gussied up a little with pretty tile. The flood happened in November 2018 and I only started working on it in April of this year. I wanted to get through Christmas and then I just got lazy. After a few calls and bids I found a General Contractor to work with for the demolition, drywall installation and tile work and we got started. First tile had to be chosen and plumbing added for the wet bar. I had some electrical work done too but my brother is an electrician so FREE labor.
All of this to come to my post point: what color to choose for my floor tile. Seven years ago dark floors were IT. Now it seems light floors are IT. I didn’t want to change out my main level dark stained floors and I didn’t want different colored basement floors from the rest of the house. I like when hard decisions are made easy because of budget. So I choose tile that was closest to my existing real wood floors. I figure I’ll just lay down light colored rugs and lightness will be acheived. Besides, when light floors are out and dark are in again, I’ll be set. However, I do want to bring in some much lighter woods. So areas of opportunity are the niche shelves on either side of the fireplace, the countertop for the wet bar and possibly a wood wall treatment?
Since I overthink and research the shit out of everything I started looking for examples of mixing woods (floors, furniture, wall treatments) and found a few that I think look great.
I count possibly 7 different woods in the Amber Interiors photo above.
And maybe 5 in this Room and Board room. So I’m going to go with Black Ikea Cabinets and Black picket tile for the wet bar backsplash and fireplace surround. Black paint above the fireplace and a wooden modern mantle and wood wet bar countertops. The wet bar and fireplace are on opposite walls of the room, so I want them to be reflections of each other. Not exact, but close.
I also have a wall at the bottom of my stairs that I am thinking something like this would be a lovely way to bring in some lighter wood tones.
I’m hoping I can do all of the work myself and I will document it here.
How do you feel about mixing woods? I’d love to hear your thoughts.