(Closed) Wood Flooring Question, Opinions please!

posted 7 years ago in Home
  • poll: What should I do with my floor?
    replace all of the flooring, it will look silly to have two colors of wood next to each other : (55 votes)
    76 %
    it'll be fine to have two different HW colors next to each other : (11 votes)
    15 %
    sure it may look silly, just live with it, its not very green to replace perfectly good flooring! : (4 votes)
    6 %
    other! : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    72 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    If you can afford it, get what you want.  Can you donate the old flooring to Habitat for Humanity or something?

    Post # 4
    2892 posts
    Sugar bee

    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
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @claireos:  My thoughts exactly. 

    Post # 7
    866 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    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
    339 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    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
    2086 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

    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
    1423 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    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 # 11
    4371 posts
    Honey bee

    Keep it all one color.

    Post # 12
    367 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    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
    1226 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    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
    1226 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @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
    9951 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    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
    516 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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.

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