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Need help choosing hardwood floors

jmirgorodJanuary 5, 2013
We need to replace the carpet in our den due to stains and a pet who has chewed it. You'll notice that we have hardwoods leading into the den from the kitchen. We haven't been able to match that flooring, so we're trying to decide what to do. Should we go with the closest match OR should we purposefully make it look different by using a different size plank or run the boards a different way? Any ideas would be most appreciated!
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Adolph Interiors
You might look at Homer Wood Saddle Hickory in a 4" or 5". Not the scraped finish, run it the same way as the stripe in the rug. It is a rich beautiful floor, and should develop as a nice background for your comfortable room.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 6:15AM
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Shanghai Linfeng Parquet CO.,LTD
We think it is better to be similar with closet color,the closet color are bright,if other dark color,the color difference will be obvious,maybe we will feel strange and not very well,is it alright ?
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 6:38AM
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Are you positive it can't be matched? I realize you might not be able to purchase the same wood from the same source, but an experienced wood floor specialist can match just about anything. We built a great room addition that is continuous with our kitchen and had to match the new floors with 90 year old hardwood in the kitchen. Our contractor brought in a flooring specialist who identified the exact type of wood used originally (quarter sawn white oak) and then tried out different stains and finishes on sample boards to get an exact match. One floor is continuous with the other and the only difference you can see is a slightly wider line between the boards (from age and shrinkage) on the older section. Otherwise their tone, finish, width, and grain patterns are identical. So it might be worth setting up an on site consultation with an expert so see if they feel they could do a match. I doubt it will be harder to match than ours.
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 7:26AM
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Thanks Feeny. We had a supposed floor expert look at the floors about a year ago, but it's probably worth looking for someone else!
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 7:41AM
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Your floor is fairly common If you choose a lighter version of the same wood it should darken up over time. Having had to patch old floors with newer wood you would be surprised how little the patch stood out because it was of a similar warmth and color quality.
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 7:45AM
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Yes, ask around a bit. Try to find an old guy or a family business that has been installing floors for years. You need someone with experience for a job like this.

Having said this, I will also add that in our last house (circa 1918) there were different woods used in different rooms--ash in kitchen; white oak in living/dining rooms, wide plank pine in upstairs bedrooms. This is very common in old houses where different woods served different purposes and came in different prices and levels of formality. The architects who had lived there before us refinished all of the different wood floors in the same color and they looked great. But there were doorway transitions between rooms delineating the changes in flooring.
1 Like    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 7:46AM
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Feeny, yes, we had a house that was custom built in 1913 for a lovely gentleman and his wife. We became the second owners 60 years later. The main entertaining rooms had peach floors! The most beautiful hardwood I have ever seen. The bedrooms were another species and darker. Rather than looking patched it look very intriguing and right.

jmirgorod, I don't know where you live, but here is a suggestion. Because the old floor is coming up, consider first installing radiant heat. And because it is your family, choose a porcelain tile (there are some beautiful selections) or stone. We did that in our new home and, if I build again, I will do it through out the first floor. You can leave it bare or add an accent rug. Easy to clean, tough as nails, and with all the choices available, a beautiful floor to boot.
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 8:29AM
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Interiors International, Inc.
Use a dark wood boarder around the room. Then run a close as possible wood on a diagonal.
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 8:34AM
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If you can't find someone to complete a match. Then I do like the suggestion above me. Interiors International. Or use tile, terra cotta tile, travertine. Large scale. Then a warm area rug will look great too.
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 8:52AM
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I love cork flooring ... Have you ever looked at it? This might be an option as I think matching wood coloring is not often possible but a quality contrasting floor only adds interest and looks deliberate not secondary.
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 8:53AM
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I have supplied some tiles that are beautiful. They would add so much to your room. There are so many tiles available. Create a floor that is designed by you. Add inserts, borders. I especially like using tiles in this room, due to the outside traffic that come into this room. If baby doggy has an accident, no problem, no worries. Adding a wood floor will always look like an "added wood floor". Hope this suggestion helps you. Cheers!!
    Bookmark   January 5, 2013 at 9:04AM
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