Contrasting Hardwood

P_BennettMay 6, 2013

We had a horrible vinyl floor in our kitchen until we just replaced it with 3 1/4" white oak hardwood floors. It looks great. The problem is that our living room, next to the kitchen had 20 year old white oak hardwood in 2 1/4" planks that was impossible to replicate (nor did we want to). So we eventually decided to leave them differently. The color can always be refinished, but any initial thoughts on the contrasting of the hardwood? Looking for honest opinions. Horrible, ok, no big deal.

I can take honest critisism knowing that it still looks 10x better than the crap we had in there before.


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I don't mind the contrast so much, although the only thing I may have considered would have been to run the direction of new floor perpendicular to the old, so a definite room transition is obvious.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 6:54PM
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Holly- Kay

Honestly it doesn't look bad. How wide is the opening? If the transition bothers you could you place a rug there?

Your other oak floor that is older still looks to be in great shape, and your new floor is very pretty.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 8:49PM
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The difference in color and size isn't bad.

The transition strip needs to go though. You want the transition to be the same height if possible. Just a simple crosswise board would be enough. If there is a small height difference, then you use a crosswise flat piece that is sawn on a low angle to make the transition as broad as possible.

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 8:58PM
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Holly- Kay

Yes! Live wire hit the nail on the head!

    Bookmark   May 6, 2013 at 10:19PM
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Totally fine...

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 7:05AM
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Thanks, everyone! The transition strip actually is the same height, there's no bump at all.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 11:14AM
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The only thing I would do is make the transition the width of the entire doorway, not that skinny thing with half the door left in the old wood.

You can cut out the old stuff to make the area wider and insert a flat transition: one plank, or several, running across the opening.

that way it looks like you planned the transition, didn;t just cover up a gap.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 11:23AM
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I think it looks fine.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 11:54AM
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We have the same. The color of your new floor will change some over time and will match your old flooring better. I think it looks fine. I didn't even notice until our GC pointed it out that we had 2 different types of flooring (maple and oak) on our first floor - after 4 years of living there. So yeah, it's not something people notice.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 12:09PM
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The flooring on the left (old) looks like ash, the new looks like red oak. But what do I know?

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 12:34PM
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I like lazygardens idea of widening the transition piece to match the width of the wall/door. It then looks more intentional, and provides a bit more separation of the two widths.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 12:45PM
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@lazygardens - that's a good idea.


    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 1:29PM
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I don't think it looks bad at all. I do like the idea of putting in a wider transition strip. We have the same issue with our house and I stressed and stressed over it as the transition is in a wide open space. Honestly, no one notices it at all. You eye is drawn higher to the kitchen and counters.

    Bookmark   May 7, 2013 at 1:41PM
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