Post # 1
Hello everybody! My fiance and I just closed on a house, and are thinking of putting new flooring in. The living room/dining room is connected, and a hall goes off of it back to the bedrooms. Right now this all has ugly carpet, and we would like to rip it out and put down laminate (laminate is more in our budget). However, the bedrooms off the hallway have a lighter oak hardwood in them from when the house was built. They are still in good shape. I am worried about matching the laminate up in the hall to the hardwood in the bedrooms. I hear this is a big no-no, but I can hardly justify covering perfectly good hardwood up with anything. Another factor is that my fiance and I do like a darker floor (if we were building a house, we would most likely go with darker) and he thinks that we could refinish and stain the hardwood to match the laminate. Once again, I don’t see why we should touch perfectly good hardwood and would be just as happy with the lighter floors for now (this is not our “forever home”) but am not sure what else to do. Any advice on how to go about this?
Post # 3
@BritRN09: I wouldnt worry about matching the flooring in the hallways to the bedroom flooring. If it was a more central area, I wouldnt try it. Bedrooms can be closed off with doors if you really hate seeing the contrast, but I doubt many people would notice. Some laminate floors are very realistic and some are very phony looking. Maybe try for a middle of the road and try for a semi-textured laminate flooring that emulates wood grain texture.
I have a small basement apartment. We have 3 different types of laminate flooring… a light wood in our bedroom, a medium warmer colored wood in the living room and a foe tile in the kitchen. I think it helps the rooms look more defined. I thought we shouldve matched the bedroom and living room at first, but I am glad now that we didnt. I know I am referring to matching laminate to laminate, while you are talking about laminate to hardwood… but just thought Id add my experience.
Post # 4
I agree with the above. Look at bamboo flooring. Its better priced than hardwood and is sustainable/green.
Post # 5
@BritRN09: I wouldn’t worry about matching the two floor colours together – bedroom areas are separate from the living space, and like a PP said, the doors can be closed off.
One note about dark floors. They are the worst. They show every speck of dirt and stray hair. It’s awful. They are a bitch to keep clean (or at least looking clean). We bought a house with dark laminate floors and we hate them…haaate them. As soon as we can afford to replace them (probably never!) we are going to put in a light to mid toned hardwood.
Post # 6
@BritRN09: I’d maybe put in laminate and then try to refinish the wood in something a bit darker that complements the colour….doesnt have to exactly match, but along the same tone lines …. laminate is a lot more durable and if you ever plan on having pets or kids We were advised to not get hardwood because it will be completely buggered to hell if your getting a darker finish. We built a house and our designer (the builder assigns you) said she has hardwood and shes had to re-fiinish it 4x already in not that many years because of her dog!
edit: In saying all this I will agree with some pp that dark floor show everything…we actually went with a mid-toned floor, its kind of a deep brown with more of a grey tone to it? its super nice. We opted to then do the super dark chocolate cabinets and they go so well together.