mixing hardwood flooring
We have 2 1/4" Bruce Laurel strip (Natural) in our foyer with an Oak railing staircase that matches the floor. The dining room and living room are adjacent to the foyer and are carpeted. The foyer also leads into the family room which is carpeted.
We would like to replace all of the carpet and laminate with 3 1/4" Oak in a darker color (Bruce Gunstock). My wife thinks we should leave the foyer and stairs as is and the contrast in hardwoods (between the foyer and dining/living/family room)would look good. I disagree, but I also do not possess great vision when it comes to designing.
My thought is to tear out the existing flooring in the foyer and install the new hardwood throughout. My concerns are price to do this and also what to do with matching the staircase with the new hardwood floor.
So, I was hoping for opinions/advice as to:
1. Leaving foyer alone - how would the contrast of flooring look?
2. Tearing out foyer flooring - How to match the staricase to the floor?
3. Other design options.
I look forward to your ideas.