I have more pictures like this on my phone than I ever care to admit:
What's trickiest is that I have a lot of requirements:
- not too light or too dark (easy maintenance)
- not yellowy or orange-ish...I want cooler colors
- I don't want to be too trendy and end up being sick of it in five years
- I want it to be more contemporary, clean-lined, so I'm having a hard time with too many knots
Yeah, shouldn't be too hard, right? Ha!
There's a super expensive brand that I love ("Du Chateau") that we cannot afford. I think this is so beautiful, don't you?
So I've found this flooring that has a lot of similar finishes to that. It's called Provenza.
I pretty much decided on the "Fossil Stone"color forever ago, but for some reason I cannot bring myself to pull the trigger.
The one on the left below is Provenza Old World "Fossil Stone" and the one on the right is called Provenza "Heirloom Liverpool" and it is apparently the exact same floor but cheaper because the planks are slightly thinner and not as long.
I have two friends who have very similar floors and they love them, and I love them too. But for some reason I think the knots are what worry me. Here's a picture the rep sent me with the Fossil Stone:
SO pretty, but since we're going for a more contemporary look something like these floors seem to fit the bill better:
This one may be too rustic:
You can't see this one all that well, but I LOVE that it is so plain-grained:
Same floor as above but in different lighting:
This one is cool too:
And this one...
Maybe to orange here, but pretty beautiful:
The problem with all those, although they are all listed on Houzz (in my houzz profile on the left in my "flooring" idea book), no one tells the exact specifics of what wood it is. They all say something to the effect of "white oak" or "quarter-sawn" yada yada yada, but I need details, people!
And even when I do have details like I do for the flooring below (also from Houzz...it is Provenza "Weathered Ash"), I feel like pictures can't do flooring justice. I need to see it somehow! (Which I know isn't possible, dang it!)
So, my pleading question of the day is does anyone know some great flooring names that can help me out? If I go with one of these two below, which one would you pick??
The one in the pictures above (Weathered Ash),
This "Fossil Stone:"
Or this smaller-plank Provenza "Liverpool"
Am I going to be bugged by all those knots down the road or will what I chose for furnishings compliment it perfectly?
Here's our house with the "Weathered Ash" option added in as well:
(Take that front one out of the running because it's too expensive.)
Send ideas or advice if you have any!