This is how the current situation is, looking from my dining room into the living room. From the start I had a problem with the floor, especially with the one in the living room, I don't like the color and the raw structure (I've worn out numerous mops) but especially because it are rather small tiles which gives it a very busy effect. But also the choice of the previous owners to have two different materials in each of the rooms wasn't to my liking although I liked the wooden floor.
True, you could say it are two different rooms, but as a chamber en-suite it also makes it one living space, and the wood next to the stone adds to the busy feel I get of it.
So you might ask why didn't we change that right away. Well because of several reasons.
Budget: a week after we bought this house the economical crisis started. We were at that point the lucky owner of two houses (auch!) It wasn't sure anymore if we would sell the other house soon and for a good price so we decided to cut on our budget just to be safe.
Preference: We didn't agree on how or what we wanted it at that time.
Momentum: When we finally sold the other house, this one was rebuilt and painted and we already had moved in. We didn't want to start all over again and the thought of living in a mess for months...
So we left it at that, but it was always one of the thing we wanted to change....someday...
And now, 9 years later, we thought it was about time to finally make a start with our project floor.
After long conversations, much time spent on the internet and talking to all kind of specialist we finally decided to go for a real concrete floor in the living- and dining area so it will look and feel as one space. I like the fact that it's a natural and sustainable material.
Here's a few examples of the look we're going for. Pictures all found on Pinterest
So in a few weeks my house will look like a construction site, we'll have dust everywhere, have to live in the kitchen and upstairs, but we won't mind that at all (cough) because we can't wait to see the final result. I'll keep you posted.
Oh and yes we know that concrete can give cracks, but we don't mind, it only adds to the natural look. And if ever there is a crack we can always make it look like this, as a little artpiece ♥
Seam (gold leaf in concrete, 2007), Catherine Bertola;