Style choices for refurbishing 1980s tract home

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Topic by ednamae posted 10-12-2012 03:32 AM 6962 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2012 03:32 AM

Hi. I am closing on a bank foreclosure in a week or two. 1200 sqft 1980s tract home in a master-planned community. Last year I bought paint from a young woman who had just purchased a brand new house not too far from this one. She had removed the bath cabinetry and put in dark tables and vessel sinks for a kind of modern asian look. I want to target this young first time homebuyer demographic with a sleek, modern and yet earthy feel. But cheaply. There is a white limestone fireplace. The cabinets are staying but will be painted in the bath—the kitchen I will strip and stain because I like wood cabinets. They have a basic framed face. I have some white corian fto reuse for the counters.
Staining the kitchen cabinets ultra dark seems modern. Is it going out of style?
I’m thinking I could find a nice pearly grey paint for the den walls.
The laminate flooring seems to be going rustic, as in hand scraped. Is that country style or earthy/green hip?
I actually have been thinking grey slate flooring but it is so dark and then I have no idea what to do with the kitchen cabinets because I do not want to paint them. Plus the den is 17×17; too small for a dark floor?
Any suggestion—for what they want today? Thanks.

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10-15-2012 08:16 PM


These are all my opinions.

Dark Cabinets are not only the “in” thing but they are going to hold for quite some time.

The hand scraped finish is very hot right now and it will go with most interior designs unless they are into the ultra flouncy victorian style of furniture.

I’m not a fan of pearl grey but my wall color preferences would never be appropriate for selling a house. Nonetheless, Id stay away from 2/3 rds of the darker flooring hues with any greyish tint. I’d stay away from redish hues as well. If the wall was white, it would make no difference.

The den size is not too small for most any flooring choice.

Before I got too far along with redo and spending the money, I’d check out that fireplace pretty well. It it’s too dated, you may want to think about it redoing it with some stone veneer.

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11-07-2012 04:55 AM

The designer I requested about completing the basement was dismissive of the concept but would not go into information of why. I think he’s mainly considering more traditional structural upgrades and does not have quite the cash conscious attitude I have.

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11-07-2012 11:25 PM

Thanks for sharing your opinion. There are title issues so it will still be a while for the house. I think I will take your advice on the grey. If I want to insert some grey I am going to paint the hall bath cabinets grey, medium grey to darkish. I have seen some grey cabinets with creamy white walls. I just need to make sure the grey and the cream color don’t clash.

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12-04-2012 07:56 AM

Bright and airy look will probably be the type of design the young demographics look for, so I too would be hesitant on having darker colour hues infused with grey for the flooring. Go with light coloured flooring and walls. Add a splash of colours here and there for vibrancy (e.g. orange couch cushions). But stick with the dark furniture and cabinets for good contrast. You didn’t mention the doors. I suggest going for wood-stained doors for that modern look. Stone veneer fireplaces would definitely help as well. Then spruce the house with modern artsy paintings and you should be set.

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12-07-2012 09:19 AM

Firstly, you need to know a little background of your client. Since she wants to go with something modern and asian, let’s focus and narrow down to that direction. Ultra dark kitchen cabinets do seem modern because modern colors include dark grey, black and brown hues. However, you can color block them like dark cabinet doors with slightly lighter shade for the cabinet tops. As for the rustic floor, I don’t think it is country-styled. It’s more to earthy tones, so retain that. Focus to create a contemporary concept to create like a resort kind of ambience.

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