I'm actually curious as to what the name for this color actually is. I
know that in vintage appliance world, green = avocado, but I imagine
this sort of brown has some special name as well.
From the Southern Illinoisian:
"appliance companies are becoming more daring with color. Dacor is
adding pale green and blue double wall ovens to its line of stainless
steel this year. The British company Aga offers electric and gas ranges
in 15 colors, including two shades of purple: eggplant and lavender....
Red is the top selling Big Chill refrigerator color, says Orion Creamer,
product designer and co-owner of the Colorado company. Yellow and light
blue are close seconds. So far most customers looking to add retro chic
to their kitchens are from California and New York....Still, the general
population seems ready for an alternative to neutral large appliance
colors, says Creamer, based on sales that have steadily grown since the
colorful refrigerators were introduced in the summer. People have
started requesting colors the company doesn't currently offer. "But not
avocado or harvest gold," he says. "We won't be coming out with these
No, but close! The kitchen is the last untouched realm in my house,
which spent many many years as a dismal and neglected batchelor pad in
my husband's former life. The overall theme of the home is "rustic,"
variously interpreted, and I'm not sure quite what variety the kitchen
will take on, but I absolutely certain that stainless or black moderne
appliances will have no place in it! Which means when we're ready to
take the kitchen remodel plunge, I'm hoping to benefit from the current
stainless obsession by picking up nearly new white white-goods at
bargain prices off Craigslist. I can't believe the number of people in
this area who are ripping out 2 or 3-yo appliances so they can upgrade
Banty, I sense you don't like wood in the kitchen ; )
As much as I'd like to take credit for the place, the house was redone
in 2000, and we bought it only last year. We're still
I agree wood isn't the most functional flooring for a kitchen, but I
can think of why the builder did it this way.
As you walk down the main hallway (saltillo-tiled), you step down into
a dining/lounging area (wood).
The kitchen essentially makes up the far corner of this lounge area
(see pic http://www.pbase.com/homi/image/50047557 )
There's really no threshold between the kitchen and lounge, and the
wood floor in this lounge area works better than if the saltillo were
I can't envision having a different type of tile abutting the saltillo,
that would look funny.
Eventual plans include a fireplace set flush in the flagstone veneer
(red square in above pic)
thanks for your thoughts
To join the "jump on homi" bandwagon: not only did I think the placement
of tile and wood in the kitchen was backward (wood on the floor, tile on
the peninsula), but the tres moderne travertine looks thoroughly out of
place with the tres rustique knotty pine. There's a certain "half rustic
lodge, half upscale spa" feel to the whole place that just isn't working
for me! But as the handmade modern guy says, "if you love it, then it's
If you really want to know how the slate floors would affect the resale
value, you might consult with a realtor who does a lot of high-end
listings in your area. That will help take a lot of the emotion out it.
Actually, *that* I like. And I don't care if "knotty pine" has been assigned to
"rustic style" and "travertine" is supposedly "modern". I think they look good
together. Just think it could be better grounded by a stone or tile floor :)
In the shower stall there - does it also *feel* like you're standing on pebbles?
Banty (house is ex-country, slowing going toward a mix of mission, western, and
modern, but whotheheckcares...)
I must be way ahead of my time. I put a wood floor in my kitchen in
1968. I still like it. The house was over 100 years old at the time and I
took out sheet flooring to put in the wood and found that under the sheet
was another wood floor. I suspect 30 years from now wood will be back in.
So why worry what you or I think. The home owner should please themselves.
Though I *do* think the wood floors in the kitchen is just a trend a lot of
people are doing 'cause it's the thing (not everyone who does it, of course).
And, true, in another 30 years it'll come back again.
I just don't like it in the kitchen floor.
It's just that, given the rest of his house, I'm amazed to see yet another bunch
of sticks on a kitchen floor. I was looking for granite tile or blue slate or
who-knows-what there. Travertine, anyway.
The only thing that determines what this would do toyour resale value is the
prospective buyer's opinion. Personally, I'd love to have slate in the
bedroom. Too cold? Throw an area rug over it in winter - duh! :) I have
absolutely no understanding why someone would make a comment like "I would
not buy a house that has slate in the bedroom". Geeze, it's not like this
somehow made the house EVIL or something! haha It's one minor detail -
Personally, I would love it if I had slate in the bedroom and bath area.
The house I just bought a couple years ago is carpeted in those areas, but I
bought it anyway cause there's alot more to the house than just the little
bit of flooring. Besides, it can be changed - and I can then pick out
exactly what I want. (I actually DO plan to install tile of some kind at
I think you have a lovely unique house and you guys obviously have great
taste, and any one that will like the rest of your house will be just
fine with slate in the bedroom, especially with the radiant heat
That home already has tons of personality (meaning, a certain % of folks will
run screaming from it, which translates into a harder-to-sell home). Adding
additional personality ain't gonna change that. Go with what you want in the
bedroom -- the radiant floor heat pretty much negates the only serious downside
of stone on the bedroom floor -- everything else is esthetics.
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