Is light oak flooring out of style?

mmbrosoApril 16, 2013
We bought a house with tons of oak flooring, Approx1,800 sq ft. Now we want to replace approx the same amount of carpet with wood. Do we match the new wood to the same oak or use something different?? one that we like more, like acacia? I've brought home countless samples of flooring but don't know what to do. since it will be such a huge investment I don't want to mess up. Please help.
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yvonnecmartin
You could have your oak floors sanded and stained to match/blend your new flooring. You might want to have them sanded even if you decide to go with oak so that the sheen is the same on all floors.
    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 8:45PM
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Stamps Design Services
If you like the flooring then match it, if not then replace it. Following "trends" will break the bank, unless you have unlimited funds....
1 Like    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 8:45PM
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Alexis Pettigrew
stain it to whatever you like
    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 9:21PM
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Cindy Quinton
I would put in the new oak and have the other sanded and stained to match. It will be beautiful, and you won't be kicking yourself for spending an extra $10,000 that you can never get back. You can go substantially darker if you wish, but you will still have the kind of classic flooring in the home that will be desirable in the event you decide to resell.
    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 10:04PM
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Ed
mmbroso, could you post some photos of your existing oak flooring ? :)
    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 2:17AM
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feeny
It will flow better if the hardwood is the same species and stain throughout the space (if it is on the same floor). If the area where you are removing carpet is on another floor it isn't crucial to match.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 4:23AM
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Emily Nagel Interior Design
Consider a "header" transition if your existing HW is in good shape. This is a piece of matching wood turned horizontal to the existing. Then you can pick back up with the "same" look in a prefinished oak HW (use prefinished piece as header too). For a bit of a update, you could use a wider plank style, perhaps 4-5" instead of the 2-1/4" existing Swedish finish oak. If the colors are really close, the look will still "flow".
    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 6:26AM
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Oak & Broad
I would really like to see a picture of your flooring. Light Oak could be either White or Red Oak with Red oak fading from popularity right now. White Oak is the most popular, with its lighter color being the main reason.
1 Like    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 7:02AM
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Oak & Broad
It really looks like Red Oak to me. Its pretty.
    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 9:00AM
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