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Tough Decisions: Wood Floors

If you follow me on Instagram (joystreetdesign) or Twitter, you likely know that we have a gorgeous chocolate labrador retriever named Nala.

She’s awesome in many ways but like all labs, she sheds like a beast.  She also has a tendency to vomit and it appears that she looks for any carpeted area (bypassing wood floors) when she does it.  All that being said, we (meaning the hubby) doesn’t want to have carpet in the new house.  So we’re looking for affordable solutions for putting hardwood floors in over 2000 square feet.

I’ve been dying for walnut floors in the new house.  However, walnut floors are terribly expensive ($8-$10/square foot) and evidently not very hard (a softer wood than most).  But aren’t they gorgeous.

So I could get a different type of wood (oak, hickory) that is stained in a walnut finish:

Hickory stained in a walnut finish

But recently, I came across a new-to-me type of wood that has similar variations and tones to walnut called Acacia.

It’s a little busier than walnut but I think it looks gorgeous once all down.  The price point is good ($4-5/square foot) and it’s a super hard-wearing wood.
What do you think?  It’s a big chunk of change and essentially no take-backs (:-)) once it’s down.  It’s on sale for the next four days so I’ll have to make a decision!
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