I have always wanted hardwood floors, but financially, it just ain't gonna happen. I'd even settle for laminate, but it is also fairly pricey. So lately I've seen this vinyl plank flooring several places, and it looks good, and people seem to be happy with it. Pink and Polka Dot did her kitchen recently and today blogged about the process.
While I was out this morning, I stopped at Lowe's and picked up an individual plank of each of the three colors that my store had, at $.98 each. I do have a little patch of actual hardwood just inside my front door. For comparison's sake, I set the vinyl planks on top of it.
You can see that the one on the right is a pretty good match. Amazingly good, actually. However, what the would-be new floor really needs to look good with are the kitchen and powder room cabinets (which are the same).
Above is the vinyl laying in the powder room.
Here they are in the kitchen, and then below, each individually next to the kitchen cabinets. Okay, for some amazingly annoying and unknown reason, Picasa and/or Blogger will not allow me to save the bottom two photos in the upright position. Hopefully you can get a feel for the colors sideways.
I don't know...if it matches too well, then it will just be a sea of the same color. But none of the three really jumps out at me as having enough contrast while still looking good together. What do you think?