I’m trying to choose a laminate wood floor color. I tend to like the medium to medium light oak colors. I have such a small place that I also think that the lighter (as opposed to darker ones) might help brighten the rooms and make them look larger. But, I’m wondering….I have furniture that will be mostly darker and a few pieces that will be lighter and my kitchen cabinets will be almost the same color. What’s everybody’s thoughts on this?

I bought some from HD to do my kitchen, but when I got it laid out on the floor, I do not like it at all. There is too much contrast on the grain… it isn’t smooth. A friend of mine had given me some & I really like it- but I used it somewhere else. She got it from HD too. My bf liked it & wanted to use it, but I am not going to pay that much & not like it. I can use a large rug down for less than that.

I know what you mean. I’m having some reservations with the style and color that I was thinking about. It’s a 7mm w/ 2mm pad style and a 20 yr warranty. Meanwhile, I preferred the grain look and color of the cheaper, 5mm w/o a pad an d 15 yr warranty. I hate to give up quality for aesthetics. But, I also hate to go with the better quality and have to look at it all the time and wish it looked different.

I look at laminate wood floors like I look at carpet. I do not buy the hi priced stuff,in 8 to 10 years your going to be tired of it & may want to change your color theme & its a lot easy-er to pull up & throw away $10 carpet than it is $20 carpet. Another thing to remember is the difference between what you call good & cheep is the warranty-the longer the warranty the more you pay to keep it covered

That’s what I’m thinking about the lighter color too…that it will make the small rooms look larger; beings it won’t be so dark and enclosing. I’m not crazy about the showing more dirt though. But, people say the same thing about the dark counters and appliances that I’m leaning towards. So…
I guess my question is what factors do you use to select the actual color. Should it match you furniture? provide contrast? Should it be darker or lighter than your furniture or kitchen cabinets? Will reddish or golden or yellow hues cause a clashy look?

I understand your point and agree with it to a considerable degree. In fact, that’s the point I was making to my friend that was telling me that hers was 30 year warranty (as opposed to the 15 and 20 year ones that I’m looking at). Because in 30 years I would be 80 (if I’m even still alive and there). And, it’s not like the 15 or 20 year ones are suddenly going to disintegrate when the reach the end of their warranties (right?).

What I do like about the 20 year (7mm) one, over the cheaper (5mm) ones is that the snaplocking joint tongue and grooves seem more durable (which my friend says will make it much better to install w/ less waste). And, that it has an attached pad which I think will also help with the installation and feel better on the feet over the long haul as well. I do think that it might also be worth the 2mm more in thickness (and better warranty) beings I am planning on installing it in a kitchen as well.

I will mention too though. That the carpet that it is replacing has been there OVER 25 years and this will such a yeoman task to move all the furniture and do this that I do not foresee myself doing this again in 8 to 10 years. (0r ever again for that matter). So, maybe I should go for the better one for that reason. I guess my question is what factors do you use to select the actual color. Should it match your furniture? provide contrast? Should it be darker or lighter than your furniture or kitchen cabinets?