Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My fiance on hardwood floors:


Look at those glossy dark floors. Yay.


We were emailing back and forth discussing what color to stain the hardwoods that we just discovered under crappy vinyl tile in our kitchen, and this was his declaration:

"I’m for darker. And then a little darker than that."


Sigh. This is why I love him.

HERE'S a rerun on my love for dark floors. Yum.

23 comments:

mamacita said...

A darker, glossy finish should also protect them better from water and spills. Ho-bag.

Decorno said...

Oh, good call.

Hooker.

columnist said...

Dark and glossy really work for me, and as weird as this sounds...the gloss makes them less dark!

Little Lantern said...

Love love love. Cannot wait to do this myself upstairs. Still working on my husband. We're getting there.

David said...

You've obviously chosen well. Both flooring and men.

Anonymous said...

I have dark floors. I warn you they show EVERYTHING. Love the way they look but I would rip them up in a heartbeat. Every dust mote, every spill or speck of whatever is in your face. I sweep on average three times a day. bleh

melissa said...

I believe everyone should have their fiance
on hardwood floors....

A-M said...

Wow, where did you find him? I married a "yeah whatever" man. Sometimes that's good but sometimes when you need a definite answer to questions like, "does my bum look big in this?", it doesn't help. Dark is fabulous by the way. A-M xx

s. said...

She's right; dark shows everything. And glossy shows everything, too. But if dark 'n' lovely is what your heart wants, then that's what you should get, dog hair, dander and dust be damned!

Anonymous said...

This article and this formula gave my 100 year old house and it's original 4000 sf of hardwood floors the most beautiful, dark classic color. Be sure to read his formula at the bottom.

http://www.housebeautiful.com/decorating/home-makeovers/refinishing-floors-makeover-0607

Kimberly Julie said...

Damn, where in the *world* did you find a man that would say something as absolutely perfect as that!? I need to know. Now.

design citation said...

The key to a floor that dark is the glossy finish. My friend has a really dark floor, but the finish isn't glossy ( I think the contractor screwed up ), and it doesn't look great. We had tons of flooring in a horrid yellowish light color, and had them stained as dark as possible, but because of the original floor color, we couldn't it super dark. But still, they look amazing, thanks to our specialized (very wealthy) "floor guy".

Hanako66 said...

I have dark wood floors, and love them. I also have a pug (Jager), and love him. I would like to recommend the method "o-mop" to assist you in your daily conquest of cleaning pug hair off of the floors....both are equally worth the work, but a huge pain in the ass.

Anonymous said...

Same experience as Anon 9:27. My dark wood floors always looked crummy, dandruffy, dusty. (Which partly undoes the high-gloss effect.)

If you have a lot of sun coming in, they look glare-y and the color gets washed out. Not much sunlight, on the other hand, and it's Depression City.

On the plus side, they photograph deceptively well.

Anonymous said...

Dark wood floors are played.

anon said...

Do Semi Gloss (it's shiny but not too shiny).

Jill said...

I used to have black "sand and finish" wood floors in my house in Houston. I ADORED them. They were sexy, glam, and made me smile everyday.

perfect bound said...

when i my guy utter those words, there is a tall foaming beer before him. either way, i like how it sounds.

anne bryant said...

others have said, but I'll say it again—every single speck of dirt is going to show, so plan on sweeping every day and mopping at least 1x a week. especially if they will be in the kitchen where crumbs are constantly being dropped. we have them in ours (came with the house) and I will gladly change them some day.

Anonymous said...

Life is short: go for glamour. Get a Roomba, a Swiffer and, ideally, a regular cleaning person to help. Rickie should not be made to feel guilty, like 'omg, what have i done now...?'

Anonymous said...

Everyone warns Decorno that every speck of dirt will show, and that for that reason, they recommend lighter floors. Isn't that like saying, "I like to leave my floors really dirty. If you have dark floors, you won't be able to get away with living like a filthy pig. You will actually need to sweep and clean."

Vivien said...

I've found the easiest way to clean the hardwoods in my kitchen is to grab the hand held vacuum. It takes me longer to get the vacumm out and put it away than to clean the debris off my floors.

And your dog is much cuter than the white dog in the pic. Just sayin'.

Trægulve said...

Its so shiny and beautiful floor. This is a very nice wood floor and love article. Thank you for sharing.