Post # 1
In my entry way, hallway, and kitchen the floors are a very light blond wood/laminate. It’s in good shape and could probably last 10 more years. However, the entry way/hall way is open to the formal dining room and living room which has awful carpeting. We want to replace the carpet with wood, but I want a medium brown to dark brown.
Will it look really weird to have a floor with light colored wood next to a floor with dark brown wood? Should I just replace the hall way and kitchen floor too? I don’t like the light color, but since its relatively new it feels wasteful to replace it.
Post # 3
If you can afford it, get what you want. Can you donate the old flooring to Habitat for Humanity or something?
Post # 4
1. It will look odd.
2. If you’re taking the time and money to replace the flooring you may as well do all of it.
3. My personal fear would be replacing it, waiting 5-10 to replace the kitchen, then finding out that I can’t find the exact wood I used for the 1st renovation. There are a million hues and looks to hw. If you want them both to match you may as well do it with the same wood.
4. You don’t like it. At some point its worth being able to look at something you like as opposed to being frugal and just “dealing with it”. Especially if you can afford the replacement.
Post # 5
@claireos: My thoughts exactly.
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Post # 7
Complete honesty: I strongly dislike mismatched flooring.
Obviously that’s my taste, and plenty of people either don’t notice or don’t care, but I find that a cohesive look makes rooms look bigger and more tasteful than a mix — especially because you’d be mixing light and dark, with two different materials. I would say, if it’s in the budget to do so, replace it all.
Oh, also: once you go hardwood, you’ll probably notice a difference between it and the laminate. It’s hard to tell when you see it on the HGTV shows, but in person… yeah, laminate next to hardwood isn’t pretty. Wood floors in general (and other naturals like bamboo) are longer-wearing, take only marginally more upkeep, and age beautifully.
Post # 8
I’m in the camp of disliking mismatched flooring as well. Could you sand the lighter flooring and stain it to match the new wood? If not then I’d replace it so that everything looks consistent throughout.
Post # 9
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You wrote that what’s there is wood/laminate and you are going to get wood.
If what’s there is laminate, take it out. If you’re upgrading to wood, do it right the first time.
Post # 10
I agree. If you are going to do it, do it right! (Assuming you have the money.) Especially if it is laminate flooring and not real wood. You will notice a big difference if you have both — laminate is much harder and sounds really different. I can’t imagine regretting replacing it all, and it will be good for resale.
(Just a warning on color: the darker the wood, the more dust shows on it.)
Post # 12
i have to disagree. in one of my parents rental houses, the living room is an orangey colored normal wood, the dining room that is right beside it and open to it is light blonde, and the kitchen is normal brown parquet. it actually looks very good, the different colors seperate the individual rooms. Just put a metal strip or piece of wood T-Trim between them.
Post # 13
As someone who has worked in the hardwood flooring industry, I’d have to see the colours to provide a solid opinion. That being said, there are no rules written in stone. You need to follow YOUR comfort level and try not to worry too much about what other people will think. I always used to say to people that if the two colours meeting up don’t clash, than it should be okay. But if the two colours don’t look well side by side, then I wouldn’t take that route. I think that once you start looking around for flooring, you will start getting a feel for what is the right choice for you.
My advice: If you can, bring a sample of the laminate with you to the store so that you can look at the different colours under the same light, instead of bringing home a million samples and realizing they don’t look good together at all… ;).
Good luck, I’m sure you will make the decision you are most comfortable with.
Post # 14
@TheSpoons: Yeah there are good transition pieces available to make for a smooth transition, like T-molds and off-set T-molds (for transitions of different height). Normally you can also buy these from the store, or at least the stain so you can stain some yourself.
Note: if you stain them yourself, make sure you match the finish too (matte, semi-gloss or high gloss)
Post # 15
We had a similar situation in our home. Mr TTR when upgrading a few years ago did the Kitchen and Main Hall in light oak (the Foyer area is Ceramic Tile, and very very practical, due to all the dirt that one tracks in… dirt & hardwood are not a good combo). Then when he and I got together, we decided to tear out the carpeting in the Dining Room and Living Room and put in hardwood there too.
Thankfully, when he had done the original work he had gone with a BIG Name in Flooring (Barwood), so matching the two was easy-peasy… this is something you’ll want to take into consideration if you can’t afford to do the whole job at once (replacing the laminate now as well).
I also recommend going with the pre-finished flooring (it is the most common now)… as the Installers can literally put your floor in in just a day or so.
Hope this helps,
Post # 16
Unfortunately, I think the only option is to replace it all :/ Two different wood floorings next to each other is one of my biggest pet peeves. As someone already suggested, you could donate it to habitat for humanity or you could sell it on craigslist. You’re only wasting it if you throw it away.