Hi Everyone! I need to know if I could possibly put two different hardwood floors right next together? I have a open floor plan and had hardwood put in my family room and office a few years back. Now it is time to replace the flooring in my dining area entrance area and kitchen (which is all open). Can I do this? Help!
Welcome to the boards. You might get more input on this from the decorating boards but I'll offer my thoughts. I'm not a decorator and don't play one on TV.
If you can't get the same floor, assuming your talking prefinished flooring here. I'd go for something much lighter or darker than what you have today. If you try to match and it isn't exact it will look worse than if you go for something contrasting. Same thing applies if your going to have wood floors in your kitchen, don't try to match the floors and the cabinets go for contrast. In our house we have natural cherry cabinets and light oak floors.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
I agree with Sparky, this is really a design question.
As to the technical side, Yes, you can certainly use different woods against each other.
The various woods have different expansion characteristics, which may show at the line where two areas of different woods meet, but this isn't unusual, nor is it a problem.
Thank you so much for your input.
hi ellen, i wanted to let you know about my mom's floors before you mix yours. mom has dark hardwood in the house and a light laminate "wood-looking" floor in the dining room and kitchen..(which are connected).it looks awful to me,the flow is off and it breaks up the space. just wanted to let you know... good luck!
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