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Hardwood vs. laminate

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HHassist

Anyone have tips on what they prefer?

DH & I are wanting to put in new flooring, and definitely want wood, whether it's real or laminate, we are undecided.

Anyone recommend one over the other?

No pets or kids to consider....

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Water will damage any flooring if it sits on it long enough, even tile if it gets into the subfloor.

I find the new laminates are perfect for traditional or contemporary looks. I understand the finish is almost indestructible.

I do find the look of the wood very uniform, and so would not use it in a casual, "country" or French country decor setting (does anyone have "country" decor these days?) .

My sister used "tavern grade" hardwood - which has natural flaws showing and is not so uniform, and it is perfect for her fresh, casual "french countryish" decor. I would want the same in my 70's house with the cedar beams, but not in the parts of the house where the dogs go, because I understand that the dogs claws will mark hardwood.

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and congratulations to you if you have the confidence to take over the care of a newborn. I was terrified when I had my first and wished my mother could come live with me.

Your friends are lucky to have you. New parents can really use a break - babies are wonderful but exhausting at first.

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I was just teasing. Your own house is so great looking, I think we all want to hear your opinion. Keep it up!! You are very helpful to everyone on the forum and I certainly don't want to discourage you!

I thought your remark was cute.

What are you doing with your bathroom project? Did you get new taps?

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cracked me up, he didn't pull any punches - or hammers as the case may be!

I agree Lisi, your house is beautiful!!I also agree that you might want to consider changing the fireplace surround. I can't comment on the ease of the task, but the colours seem to be a 1980's reference and so it looks dated.

I also agree with those who suggest you stick with cherry for your flooring. Your home is formal and traditional, like your dining room set, and I have a strong belief that your finishes should go with the architecture of your home. You must have loved the house when you bought it, so use the house, not trends, to guide your choice.

If you want to leave the fireplace surround, I think that a warm taupe wallcolour would look nice in your room and complement your marble.
You would want to have your flooring in hand though, when you pick that wall colour!

You must feel like Scarlett O'Hara when you descend that beautiful staircase!

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Anonymous

I Love your entry way - It's very grand!

Especially if you'll be able to see wonderful wood flooring from there, and with warmer wall colours - spectacular!

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browse through the mags...I know it sounds silly, but really if you take a good look at floorings in the magazine it's a great way to see the different looks & how they work in different decor schemes:)

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There have been a couple of you now who said darker shows more scratches.

I really prefer the look of darker - I find it warmer and richer looking, but I don't want to be frustrated with scratches!

Mind you, I don't have pets or kids (do husbands count? LOL!)

I understand real wood would be better for resale, and I do love it, but laminate is so much more affordable (unless I can find it at that auction that was recommended).

Our house is still fairly empty as we moved from a 1 bedroom condo...we have so much to purchase, that it seems more feasible to get laminate right now, unless we wait a couple of year...

Oooh! I hate making decisions!

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Thanks so much for all your replies!

Michael - it's good to know about Ikea's flooring - thanks :)

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The laminate is good for people that have allergies? Not that we have any, but good to know.

Where did you get your laminate from?

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That looks similar to the colour we want. Looks great!

You said one side is real and one laminate? They look identical in your picture!

I so love the look of wood (or laminate) flooring. It looks so much richer that just carpet everywhere.

I want everything! Flooring, more furniture, accessories...sigh...it never ends (but I guess that's part of the fun! :) )

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You pic is distorted - I'd love to see it. Would you mind trying again?

Thanks

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