We would like to change the existing carpeted area into either wood floor or tile. Our problem is the indoor area is on OSB subfloor, while the new added area would be on concrete slab on grade. We have ceramic tile in the entry area, kitchen, and breakfast nook area, carpet in the living room. What/where would you suggest for flooring? We would like to demo the 42” bench height countertop and replace it/lower it to the standard 36” height, since we never use the higher height. What type/color of floor, type/color of cabinets, countertop, finish trim would you suggest for the new areas? We are also thinking about getting a TV and using it as a digital slideshow for family pictures. Is that tacky? Is a digital picture frame just not large enough for you? My gut says to stay with that- as they take up so much less space... Would you suggest drywall archways between areas? sounds great- I drew in a third set of French doors for you- just an idea.
You were pretty wide open- and did not include pictures that show your architecture- so if what I suggest would not go architecturally- send me pictures and we can re-do. Other people get just one post- but for you- my good friend... ;)
First of all- for your floors. With the change in subfloor- this was an easy call for me- go with Kahrs brand wood flooring. Why? You want to avoid glue down flooring- which eliminates tile, stone, and some of your hardwoods. From there- Kahrs is the leader in floating wood floors. Textures come and go- select something timeless as this is a big investment. This is a floating floor- very high end- absolutely no overwood- really fabulous floor. The color I selected for you is Dana Point Oak. I like how well it goes with dark woods, as well as "today's white wash." It has a cooler gray undertone- rather than a more golden undertone of a more "typical" oak floor. Being not typical is always a plus.
With all of that wood flooring- I say go white on your cabinets- I recently posted this white kitchen (from Vernada) and really love everything about it. The washes and stained white cabinets are pretty- but for a truly timeless kitchen- solid white is the choice for me. (in other words- I am not going trendy here).
Counters? I love a timeless look here as well- honed absolute black granite- and soap stone (above) are two of my favorites. Keep your backsplash sophisticated and lovely with a white subway tile, or white glass. Add a gorgeous chandelier or two. And have me over for dinner. Then we can get you all new furniture...