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ok floor whore bore me again...those of you who have karndean in your kitchen...

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Piffle Sun 01-Jun-08 18:54:08

what colours etc did you choose.
ours is insurance job after massive leak, but we are changing kitchen next year ( cannot do now) and wonder about the right colour floor with what colour kitchen
we are torn ( I'm torn dp is barely registering) between light floor dark units
or darker floor wood or black slate colour and light units...
oh the dilemma
this is not the forever house so dunno why I care. As soon as recession clears we are OFF but have house to sell hence need for decent job etc
sorry mithering on some aren't I?

Jampot Mon 02-Jun-08 00:27:31

we had a beech colour (when i thought beech was nice) in our hall - it was shite, showed the scuffs and marks really badly. We had oak in the bathroom and as it was grained showed nothing at all - it was excellent. I would go for oak without a doubt if its not your forever house. Still good stuff but do not go for plain!

so, are theyy replacing the whole kitchen? do show cupboards too

BoyzntheShire Mon 02-Jun-08 00:31:23

pale wood or black slate will look grubby all the smegging time.
dark wood, or at least oak, it is then. smile

MrsOnTheMove Mon 02-Jun-08 00:33:27

we have black slate floor and natural oak kitchen - not our choice, brand new house. It does look nice though. Floor hides scuffs from Dc's. The bathrooms were fitted with the oak grain - I think it shows splash marks too much (forever wiping it)

Piffle Mon 02-Jun-08 11:28:38

right our kitchen atm is painted ( badly, by previous owners) buttery cream vanilla type or ikea yellow/White is about the same shade.
so can take dark or light
an not keen on wood shades as next kitchen will prob be darker wood finish. Am liking sandstone with black strips between or terracotta seems safe choice. Black slate shades would mean going for lighter kitchen when we do it.
might do kitchen now if cabinets get damaged while floor being done ( prays)

BoyzntheShire Tue 03-Jun-08 00:10:55

sounds like you know what you want.
im not wasting perfectly good advice on you, to be ignored [sniff]

wink

Piffle Tue 03-Jun-08 10:38:31

lol
I am uncertain about what type of dark kitchen we'd get... So am a bit umm ahh about darker flooring
but am popping out to showroom tomorrow so am prepared to have my views challenged!!!I do appreciate the opinions esp re cleaning as am slatternish in disposition domestically speaking!!!

FluffyMummy123 Tue 03-Jun-08 10:38:57

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pavlovthecat Tue 03-Jun-08 10:40:44

What's so posh about Karndean? - we looked at a house to buy that had this all through the downstairs. It was a 'feature' of the house. Just looked like relatively nice, probably overpriced wood laminate....hmm.

So, what is it?

FluffyMummy123 Tue 03-Jun-08 10:41:11

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pavlovthecat Tue 03-Jun-08 10:44:12

right, so not really a major selling point in a house then!

I like dark floors, non wood effect, in kitchens.

Piffle Tue 03-Jun-08 13:57:34

its customized vinyl actually warmer andcquieter underfoot and harder than laminate more durable than lino and not as crackable as ceramic...
not so much posh for us as practical.
quote is only £120 more than that for laminate tiles, so not that expensive imvho esp as insurance are paying!

BoyzntheShire Tue 03-Jun-08 19:04:00

when you put it like that piffle it does sound like a selling point.

but then, my idea of quality/value is directly related to how impossible it is to break.
for eg, i have a pearl necklace dp gave me when he was wooing. i loved it, wore it every day, all the time. went to shop a year later to see about getting a pair of studs (was swapping a follow up pres which was hideous and only coz he suggested it and made me, am not ungrateful cow, honest) i digress... so i walk into shop and v groomed lady is appalled that ive been wearing them all the time, even in the bath and makes me take em off and have them restrung and promise to polish them nightly and never get any creams/chemicals on em etc etbloody cetera.

naturally, i cant be arsed, so i never wear the sodding things anymore. so whats the point of em, eh??

gimme diamonds anyday, cant break those babies winkgrin

Saggarmakersbottomknocker Tue 03-Jun-08 19:15:14

Piffle I have soapstone with American Oak 'grouting'. The tiles are laid on the diagnonal IYSWIM with a straight edge border.

Kitchen is modern oak with mottled black worktop.

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BoyzntheShire Tue 03-Jun-08 19:25:52

ah see, i wanted diagonal in posh living room.
but was shouted down.
said it was a passing fad and id be bored with it in no time and should stick with classic.
they all said it. wankers.

Piffle Tue 03-Jun-08 19:46:34

ooooh sensing post flooring bitterness boyz... Tragic loss indeed...
I do hanker after the rectangular tiles... With dark 3mm edging.
But erm dunno really

BoyzntheShire Tue 03-Jun-08 19:52:42

[shrugs] nah, s'ok. the floors ver lovely n all that. i just thought diagonal would be a bit more interesting. but hey, it looks good anyway. (tis an oak floor thats been fumed doubly to make it rich dark brown, a bit like walnut. but kind of cheaper grin)

Heated Tue 03-Jun-08 19:56:16

In the kitchen I've light cream units with metallic handles & a darkish wood karndean floor that matches the wooden work-surfaces. It also has simple diagonal black stripes framed with a black border which goes with the black range and the granite coloured appliances - it's a sort of old/modern fusion (lol at own ponciness).

Piffle Tue 03-Jun-08 19:57:09

unlikely I'll be challenged. Dp seems more interested in death than flooring...
Off to showroom tomorrow, no doubt I'll be back foaming at the mouth with flooring frenzy.
I am a modern day tragedy I know...

BoyzntheShire Tue 03-Jun-08 20:14:15

piff
i was flooring saddo too
im over it now [she says downing more wine from leftover drink habit from stress of it allwink]

Piffle Tue 03-Jun-08 21:39:59

after this kitchen... There are two bathrooms... Then if saddoness continues, we will need to move...

BoyzntheShire Tue 03-Jun-08 21:41:39

lol
i have tips for bathrooms too.
as long as you agree to like everything i like that is grin

Piffle Tue 03-Jun-08 22:13:34

ok... Bathroom 1- slight blue green in tile detail otherwise blank canvas- kids bathroom so splashes and so on...

Our bathroom is en suite plus dressing room, decorated in some poncetastic farrow and ball light buttery yellow cream thing. I'm sure its called hallowed daylight or so forth....
tiles are so immemorable I cannot tell you grin
so again... Open season!!!!

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