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Forum topic by Adele2019 posted 05-08-2019 01:55 PM 563 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-08-2019 01:55 PM

Hi, I’ve come to the experts for some help! I’m in the middle of new home construction and will be using lots of natural wood (not planning on stain) and I need lots of advice on mixing wood types in the same space!

To give you an idea of the space…have a very small lakehouse (24×32). approx 17×24 is open concept kitchen/living area with an open stairway to 2nd floor. Already have wood windows in pine (unfinished)

I’m planning on putting natural cherry cabinets in kitchen, across from the kitchen under the bank of (pine) Windows I’m thinking of putting board and baton wainscoting using Douglas fir, and then horizontal Douglas fir t&g up the stairway wall.

So I have cherry, pine and Douglas fir all in one room and I haven’t picked my hardwood floor out yet!! Am I crazy?

Will all of these woods work in the same small area?

What hardwood flooring should I go for? Can I introduce another wood? I’m in northeast and can’t find Doug fir floors and pine is too soft, cherry floors seems over the top!

Thanks in advance for ANY help/advice you can give me!


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#1 posted 05-08-2019 03:28 PM

It is not clear whether your concern is aesthetics, durability, or possible health effects of raw wood. There is no law (that I know of) that limits how many different woods you use in a house. It’s a personal taste matter.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#2 posted 05-08-2019 03:37 PM

I would probably go with a floor that’s really dark to contrast with the lighter colored woods you’ve already used and give the space some depth. Walnut would probably be my first choice. But, like Phil said, it’s really a matter of what looks good to you.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 05-08-2019 03:39 PM

This is mostly an aesthetics question, to which I defer to SWMBO. There are no rules, this is purely a matter of what looks good to you.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 05-08-2019 04:22 PM

The only rule I know of is do not use the same material on the floor and counter top.
Good luck

-- Aj

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#5 posted 05-09-2019 02:31 PM

thanks!! It was a question about aesthetics! Didn’t know if I’d get a bunch of responses that said – “are you crazy, why would you do that?”.

I like the idea about the darker walnut floor (I’ll just need to sweep more).

Having granite counter top so not worried about floor matching the counter top…did you mean cabinets?

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#6 posted 05-09-2019 03:26 PM

My favorite mix is an Appletini, 1 part apple wood, 1 part agave wood, and 1 part juniper wood.

J/k, do like floors like hickory, where it is so random it kind of goes with whatever.

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#7 posted 05-09-2019 05:47 PM

You’re asking a question nobody can answer.

But you asked for an opinion and mine is cherry doesn’t go with pine.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#8 posted 05-10-2019 02:13 PM

I’m not sure I’d like pine trim on dug fir walls if neither were stained/painted.

Maybe consider hickory for the floors? You have a LOT of wood going on here so it’s going to be a somewhat rustic look that I think hickory can play into…. just a thought

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#9 posted 05-27-2019 11:36 AM

Thanks all! I’m still deciding, and I know it’s an impossible. the pine I have has very vertical grain (no knots or swirls) and some of it’s lighter tone is matching the doug fir’s light tone…so it’s kind of working! Saw some Walnut flooring by Hallmark that has some of the same tones so wondering about that….

Thanks again

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