taking down walls and all new flooring

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Posted by: from Markham
2/2/2008 at 11:15:30 AM

We have a 1500 sq.ft. home and want to take down the wall that runs almost through the middle of the main floor. We know there are two support beams because the same beams are downstairs (unfinished basement). We are going to be putting down either laminate or hardwood and tile. (we have a german shepherd)

Our house is somewhat dark-ish - large window in the front and large window and sliding doors to the back.

We have a cherry armour which we will be bringing into out kitchen and matching the cabinets to that.

Our question is if we are using both tile (kitchen) and hardwood or laminate - how do we pull all three (armour) of these colours together.

With the house being a bit dark do we need to go lighter? And would the tile contrast or match the hardwood?

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed with all these choices. I know hiring a designer would help but we are trying to keep costs down as much as humanly possible.


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Date/Time2/7/2008 at 9:46:13 AM

Hi! Cherry is a beautiful wood, but yes dark. I would suggest a lighter tile with some subtle mottling that would tie in with your wood. Another consideration is matching your grout colour to your wood. I do decorative concrete and am always colour matching in the manner of your project. One more thing, a skylight would also help with the natural light.

Good Luck!

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Date/Time2/25/2008 at 12:38:43 PM

Greetings Kathy! I agree with the previous response. After being in the "New Home" sales/decor market for 14 years...I can tell you that the best way to lighten-up any room due to lack of sunlight or just in generally dark living areas, is to choose your colours wisely. Do you have heavy or dark drapery on the windows that you have? This will definately make a difference. You really can do sooo much with colour and drapery. In short, go light in your flooring and your tile and match your grout. May your day be blessed. Sincerely, Michele Goulet

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Date/Time2/27/2008 at 4:10:06 PM


While a decorator or designer may seem costly, you could possibly make a more costlier mistake by not getting professional advice. A 2 or 3 hour consultation may be all you need to get this project on the right track.



Mary Dancey Interiors

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Vito from Reno Con in North York
Date/Time3/3/2008 at 2:21:48 PM

I agree with Mary. Everybody thinks designers are exorbitant. They can be for sure, but, if you bring one in for a consultation which is usually about three hours, they will have your dilemma figured out and probably be able to help with other dillemas/choices. The cost is from $100 to $200 for a consultation. Money well spent, I think.

Good luck and be sure to spend your money on the right things.

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