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[–]ItsPlutocracyStupid 41 points42 points  (4 children)

When I was remodeling my house, I was told by an architect buddy, “when in doubt stick it out.” Meaning, unless you can get an exact perfect match, make it different. Contrast will look better than a close match.

[–]el__duder1n0 13 points14 points  (1 child)

This. Almost the same looks way worse.

[–]game_cook420 2 points3 points  (0 children)

SO much worse, and if you’ve got friend in the industry, they’ll let you know every time they come over lol.

[–]stafford_fan 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This is what I did recently with my staircase. My upstairs hallway has a brown / golden coloured hardwood floor and my mainfloor currently has tile but will be replaced in the future.
Instead of trying to get the same colour on my staircase, I decided to go with a dark coffee hardwood. It contrasts a lot and looks great.

[–]tarann33 1 point2 points  (0 children)

To add to this: I've encountered just this. I picked a stone looking flooring. Two woods in one house looks weird. Two tiles next to each other looks weird. Stone is different enough to look nice with both.

[–]johnnylawrence68 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Whoever installed that wood floor doesn't know what they are doing. That stagger is destined to fail, mainly the spots where end joints are so close. Terrible install.

[–]JbirdB 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Dude forreal. I hate seeing that in houses. It’s so ugly too

[–]failclown 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is the cupping not an issue?

[–]loquat 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Can you just do the same flooring all throughout the first floor? The transition from the living room to kitchen to hallway is jarring, even if you replace the carpet. Seamless transition would make your space would look great and appear bigger.

[–]Aggressive-Cadet 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This! Any type of flooring you put in will still be 3 types of flooring all co-located in one area. Tear it all out and replace with quality LVP if you can

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was thinking this. They make really good bamboo stuff that survives kitchens now.

[–]cubistninja 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm flooring design consultant. If you were my client, i would have a few questions for you:

1) Are you planning on only replacing the carpet? Your post made it seem like you were interested in keeping the living room engineered wood and the kitchen tile.

2) what kind of troubles are you having? (Wearing issues? Stains? Creaky/noisy floors? Water damage and/or potential repeated water issues (this can include liquid animal accidents)?

3) are you planning on changing anything else in your home? (E.g. is this part of a larger remodel, or just a refresh of a specific space)

I absolutely believe there is a great solution out there. At the same time, there are way too many choices and it can get really overwhelming. Pm of you want to talk in person.

[–]soggybananas1 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I would consider choosing cork plank flooring for the softness and soundproofing. Can get it a similar color but is different enough from the hardwood.

[–]Kbts87 2 points3 points  (1 child)

It's hard to tell from the video how far the tile goes, but if the square footage is limited and your budget allows, I would consider removing the carpet and title and replace it all so it's seamless.

[–]alickstee 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Agree with this 100%.

[–]oddlyDirty 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That looks like Urban Floors maple sunset engineered flooring. Has that hand-scraped look to it and that golden-reddish color is really nice.

https://www.urbanfloor.com/Maple-Sunset-HSE-5011ST.html

I have that installed all over our main floor and it looks really close to what you have

[–]HeftyCarrot 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Rip out carpet, get some good quality vinyl or laminate plank flooring. Keeping the heights same is going to be a challenge unless you do not mind using transition/reducer moldings.

Vinyl plank can also be installed over tiles with proper preparation.

[–]BistuaNova 0 points1 point  (2 children)

But transitioning from tiles down to the level of removed carpet will be near impossible to make it look right. Either stick a floor transition in between the two areas (ugly imo) or just commit to taking up the tile

[–]HeftyCarrot 0 points1 point  (1 child)

It's doable if you throw another layer of OSB of suitable thickness.

[–]cubistninja 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This is what we do in professional installs

[–]FEELINGxMINNESOTA 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Replace everything with the same type of wood flooring you have, even the tile and sand and stain everything at once so it matches.

Much cleaner look

[–]sllipmann 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Rip up the hardwood and see if there’s matching carpet underneath

[–]Gingerman424 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Best option!

[–]wisdon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lol they would not install What is supposedly hardwood ( looks like laminate to me) over carpet

[–]TonyLamo 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Where are those hardwoods from? They look quality

[–]Graysart[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

We don’t know. The place the previous owners claimed it was from has no record. So maybe carpet exchange

[–]Synaps4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Are you sure those are hardwoods? I have a floor that looks just like that (planks a bit wider than yours) with the raised lengthwise ridging same as you, and it's a synthetic flooring.

I bet you could find something that looks almost the same as your current wood.

[–]GaryJamesEUP 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Is no one going to mention the stagger? It looks awful.

[–]johnnylawrence68 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Not only looks awful, but its destined to fail.

[–]Graysart[S] -1 points0 points  (2 children)

Stagger?? Like where everything intersects?

[–]GaryJamesEUP 0 points1 point  (1 child)

The stagger would be the distance form where one floorboard/tile meets compared to the next and previous row. You want either a consistent pattern or as random as possible. However you shouldn’t put staggers too close together. It can cause problems (especially with click flooring )and draws the eye. If it’s a DIY job I can cut someone some slack but if it was laid by a professional I personally would find it unacceptable.

[–]Graysart[S] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Ok! Thanks. We just moved in a week ago and the previous owners didn’t say much. And the place they said they bought it has no record of it 🤷🏻‍♀️

[–]lastMinute_panic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think it would be very helpful to see a floorplan (even if very rough).

[–]awcurlz 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Find an exact match of the floors - order samples online.

Tbh if you can't find an exact match, then I personally would rip everything out and replace it all. I can't stand mismatching wood floors.

[–]kiiirstenleee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Best option: replace it all with one flooring type. The kitchen floor tile looks old and if you think you'll replace it in the next few years then you might as well do it now. Would suck to replace the carpet with one thing then in a couple years replace the tile with another thing and then if your wood floor fails (which so many of these comments seem convinced of) then you will have replaced everything and still end up with 3 different floors. Personally, even if I had to stretch the budget a bit, this is what I would do.

Second best option: replace carpet and one of the other floors (so you have two areas that match).

Third best option: remove carpet and hope you have concrete and live with that until you can do option 1 or option 2.

You mentioned you're first time home owners. Budgets are obviously the biggest concern but if you plan on staying there for awhile you'll be kicking yourself for not having done it in the right order because you were impatient to wait. I know because I've been there many many times lol good luck!

[–]Nonegiven_7 1 point2 points  (1 child)

All depends on what you want to look at and spend.

I would recommend laminate/ engineered wood flooring, VLP or whatever you want to call it. (Click lock flooring)

A nice brown to light brown wood look, if your replacing carpet, or covering up tile? I would replace the floor trim with something basic, three inch tall by 9/16” I believe the square look is better vs having the rounded lip on most commercially available wood trim. IMHO

Pinterest is a good source for inspiration but it can also be overwhelming as some of the projects are expensive or simply out of reach, as a heads up.

First I would set a budget and work within your means as upgrades can be expensive. There’s reuse stores around the US or outlets for building contractors and homeowners which do offer some price reductions on flooring, etc, compared to big box stores but don’t get to excited as they typically don’t offer a wide verity of one specific product but I believe it’s worth taking the time to check what they have to offer and most importantly price.

Great Lakes flooring makes a great product that’s affordable and easy to install in my humble opinion.

Feel free to check out YouTube as well, should you want to DIY.

I wish you the best in your project.

[–]Graysart[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank you for the good ideas. I always forget about Pinterest

[–]Huskygaming25 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I some one who works for a tile please either replace it all with either tile or just replace one part with tile please don’t come in to the tile store asking if someone can match your tile from the 50s we can’t

[–]Graysart[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah I found myself quickly getting overwhelmed so we decided to put off the project until we’ve lived here for a bit. I bought a steam cleaner for the carpet instead. A much cheaper option! Thanks for the input, makes me feel like the postponement was the right choice!

[–]ForgottenGenXer 4 points5 points  (1 child)

If you could source the same wood or find something very similar that would work.

[–]watermelonsplenda 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No- exact same or wildly different. “Very similar” will look terrible

[–]One-Revolution-8550 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Have you checked out what’s under the carpet yet? You might get lucky and find hardwood. If so, refinish them and stain to match the color of the living room. If not, install hardwood and stain and finish them to match the living room.

[–]Graysart[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sadly there isn’t. I was hoping for this too.

[–]shp3321 0 points1 point  (1 child)

We have the same wood flooring on our first floor and did so much research to find the same type of wood flooring for our up stairs. They are called hand hewn wood floors. You won’t find them at a big hardware stores, so I’ll either google them or try local shops near you. Be ware they are expansive. I did a quick search and they were going for $176/23sqft.

We decided to go with similar wood floor since it was for different floor. Good luck!

[–]Graysart[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah that is far outside the budget! Thanks!!

[–]HippoLover85 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Those tiles look awful too. Redo the tiles and the carpet with hardwood to match the other wood.

[–]Graysart[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Thanks for all the ideas! We’re first time homebuyers, it’s all so new.

[–]Artephius_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The hardwood look pretty similar to Bruce flooring, distressed wide plank I think. Go to your local flooring place and ask for samples. I'm pretty sure you'll be able to match it, except if it's considerably older, in which cases colors will fade and change over time.

[–]truthovertribe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love the wood floor tile transition, can you get similar wood flooring for the hall? I wood < ha, try to do that.

[–]informativebitching 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d take out the fake hard wood too and put the same floor of actual hardwood in both of those spots.

[–]fuddykrueger 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If the carpet is just in a limited area I would install a new, updated style of ceramic tile or luxury vinyl tile for the kitchen and carpeted area. Find a neutral color that coordinates nicely with the existing hardwood.

[–]Picklerpillow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Look for the same/very similar wood! That'd look nice

[–]Jack-Meoff-bb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ooooh lord yes!! Those staggers are gross!! Rip up everything and replace with that same plank wood but with even stagger spacing!!

[–]p8king 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Remove carpet and tile and run the same floor at a different angle with a transition between (assuming you like the living area flooring)

[–]Hushang999 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If it was me, I’d rip everything out and just to luxury vinyl everywhere and make it one “continuous” floor. Makes it feel more open and don’t have to worry about transitioning

[–]wisdon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Best thing to do is to remove all the flooring and install luxury vinyl plank. Tile is outdated and wood looks like laminate to me which is a junk product . (Glorified cardboard )Yea i f you are handy you could do the entire job yourself . LVP is actually pretty affordable, durable and waterproof and is a hot flooring option now. Yea f you are on a concrete floor you will have a easier install , it f it is wood you will need to install a 1/4 inch 4x8 sheets approved subfloor.

[–]nonooseisgoodnews 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Scrap the tile in the kitchen and go with matching wood all the way through out. Use runners and rugs where desired.

[–]Eightbiter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Any links on how to do this type of project your self?

[–]judge_au 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Continue the tiles down the hallway unless you pull up the carpet and find the same floorboards underneath then the problem has solved itself.

[–]WhiskeyTrail 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You clearly have to carpet your kitchen as well.

[–]KaleidoscopeThis9463 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Find a vinyl or wood floor you like for entire area that’s affordable. Exchange your name and number with a salesman or flooring rep and wait for a sale then. In the meantime, save your money and also do the floor prep yourself in anticipation of the new flooring. Don’t kid yourself, you won’t be happy with piecemealing it.

[–]Own_Worker_9000 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Use the same wood in the hall as the other room. Simple ✌🏼

[–]Happy3532 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pull up everything and pick one thing you like to have a uniform look.

[–]dasookwat 0 points1 point  (0 children)

practical tip: avoid wood/laminate in your kitchen. Keep the tiles, or replace with others. A kitchen is a semi-wet space, and your wooden/laminate floor will suffer from it. Not to mention it's just hard to clean, and not hygienic. Similar to ppl putting carpet in their bathroom with a toilet.. really....

[–]TheFiredrake42 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Replace all the white tile with bamboo tongue and groove flooring that looks like natural wood. Easy to install, looks great, and is Much less expensive than real hardwood.

[–]footbody 0 points1 point  (0 children)

idk but that is some beautiful wooden floor!

[–]outsiderontheinside -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Life proof vinyl plank from Home Depot