Wood floor help
I'm looking for input on a wood floor dilemma. Before moving into our new home we decided to add wood floors in areas of the house that had carpet and sand and stain the existing wood floors to match the new. We chose to stain our red oak floors using Minwax Special Walnut with a poly finish. When our contractor showed us the stain sample I hated it- it was too dark and grainy. Then he showed us the stain without popping the floor with water and it looked perfect- a warm soft brown with a touch of red under tones. We decided to go ahead with the stain and method. What I was totally unaware of was that the stain would look vastly different on our old hardwoods versus the new floors. The stain sample was placed on our old floors. As a result all of the areas with our old refinished wood are exactly the look I wanted, However, the new wood floors look awful- they are a stripy grainy light yellow and brown with a very dark/black looking grain that reminds me of bad 70's wood. Because the old and new wood runs together I don't think I can refinish the areas, nor can my family live through they cost time and stress of this. Are there any other repair options? Should my contractor have tested on the old and new wood for a match and approval- or warned me of potential mismatch? Needless to say I'm devastated that I don't have the look I hoped for and that the floors are not all soft and subtle, but rather distracting and zebra like in appearance. When I asked our contractor about the difference he said the old floors must have been southern red oak with more red, and the new was probably northern red oak with less warmth/red. At the time I accepted the results feeling like I was over reacting about the new floors and just needed to settle into the home and floors. After 2 months I still hate the new floors and love the old wood but don't know that I can do anything about it at this point. I'd appreciate any thoughts.