Once we realized there was just too much tar and glue residue on the kitchen hardwoods from years of tile and linoleum being laid down I had to decide on a new flooring option. Although I love hardwoods in a kitchen there was no way to restore the current ones, and since the sitting room off the kitchen has one color of hardwood and the rest of the downstairs has another I didn't want to add a third color to the mix (or worse have a failed attempt at trying to match the existing hardwoods!)
I initially fell in love with the idea of cork flooring. Have you seen it? It's a really neat look, and eco-friendly![photo via]
However, that woudl require tearing out subflooring or having a kitchen floor nearly an inch higher than other floors downstairs, so I turned to something a little thinner, linoleum.
I'll be the first to admit, it completely surprised me. I was a little sad when I realized that would be my best bet. All I could imagine was ugly 1990's patterns and cheap shiny plastic floors. However, linoleum floor has come a long way baby!
I decided to go with the Congoleum Air Step Evolution series in Autumn Glow. I love the multi-sized tiles, and the darker grout lines. The coloring picks up my coral/reds from the dining room and the gray/taupe from the living room beautifully!
Not to mention it looks REALLY good up against the hardwoods in the rest of the downstairs!
Of course this slightly derails the plans of a "Light Avocado" kitchen, as the paint swatch was slightly obnoxious against the sample I brought to the house. But that's ok... I have a better idea already in the works!My kitchen flooring should be arriving today, and installed early on this week! Eek! After that's down my appliances can be installed! That's the biggest thing that we're waiting on right now, then my house will be SOCLOSE to being live-able!