Red Oak hardwood floors have been America’s favorite choice for hardwood flooring for decades. It was THE wood of choice for hardwood flooring (and still is). Homeowners love Red Oak for its many benefits:
With all those benefits at play, you may have original hardwood that you don’t want to pull out because it’s still in good shape. Plus, it’s often not economical to rip up hardwood that is still structurally sound and durable. This means you need to work around it, but that can be hard to do because this flooring can be such a unique color. So how do you do it? Here are four ways to keep your beautiful, original Red Oak flooring in your new kitchen designs:
This flooring is known for its very warm tones that can look reddish or yellowish, and going neutral with your color scheme is the key to offsetting that. You can choose a light off-white color (like Nantucket White) for walls to balance the intensity of these warmer tones. Light grey hues can also help cool out the red hues in Red Oak floors, and neutral greys are definitely in style as a cabinet color.
Maybe you want to play UP the warm tones that this hardwood is known for. Red walls are a bold choice that brighten the room while matching well with your existing floors. You can also bring out the red tones of the wood with blue wall colors, like a neutral navy.
For Red Oak that has been colored with darker stains, go with Antique white walls or light grey cabinets to keep the room from getting too dark. It doesn’t matter what style of cabinet you choose either. Luckily these floors are versatile when it comes to design elements beyond color.
If the red or yellow tones are just too much, keep in mind that you can often strip the color off and refinish it. While that might not be as economical as the other options, it’s a great option if you have a set cabinet color in mind that doesn’t play well with established Red Oak floors.
That’s how you can keep your beautiful and strong Red Oak flooring and make it fit in to your new kitchen.
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