We are remodeling a family room and want to remove the carpet and install wood floor. The kitchen is birch and there is a 7 ft opening between the kitchen and family room. I am struggling with finding a wood that would compliment the birch and not be too busy. Is this even done? Any ideas?
It is going to be real difficult to get an exact match. You will probably have to go to the other end of the scale for the shade. I would check around and see if there is a lumber yard that has a ring of sample flooring. Take it home and lay it next to what you have and choose. Not all manufacturers finish the flooring the same. So find another yard and do the same. It is all personal preference. Doubt any one here can help that much. I know I wouldn't want someone else making a decision for me. Good luck.
I would get flooring as near to your kitchen as you can...then in the doorway, put a transition piece of flooring of another color, crosswise (side of opening to side of opening). Make it look intentional. This piece could be darker than your floor or lighter, whichever looks best. That way you won't notice the difference in your two rooms of flooring as much.
Maybe I'm just confused here but if you want the new flooring to compliment the existing birch in the kitchen then why not just install birch as the new hardwood in the Family room as well??
Is the flooring in the kitchen birch or are the cabinets birch?
If cabinets don't try to match it, go for a contrast. If it is the flooring, either get a match and weave it into the existing floor or go for something completely different and have a transition strip between the two floors.
We have natural cherry cabinets and oak hardwoods in our house. If we had oak floors and cabinets I would likely have one stained dark and one natural rather than trying to match the floors to the cabinets.
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If you're saying that the kitchen cabinets are birch (rather than the floor), I'd suggest looking for a rustic floor for the adjacent family room. Rustic wood flooring tends to contrast nicely with more refined wood finishes found on baseboards and cabinets. Just look for something in similar hues.
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