Can I get different Hardwood flooring in different rooms?

I have red oak in my great room. I want to put it in three bedrooms that are separated from the GR by tile hallway. Should I try to match to the GR, or can I get diferent flooring for the 3 bedrooms?
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  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Mar 06, 2017
    My opinion they do not necessarily have to be the exact same ,I would blend the colors. I had the same issue with my kitchen and den.My suggestion to you is bring samples home to see the colors with the lighting in your home,what looks like one color in the store may appear totally different in you home.

  • William William on Mar 06, 2017
    You do not need to match the GR but the same flooring should be use in the bedrooms.

  • Nan Nan on Mar 06, 2017
    i really wanted a lighter floor in the smaller rooms. I was going to stay with oak, but lighter finish.

  • Tali Tali on Mar 06, 2017
    You can do whatever is pleasing to YOU....if it makes you happy, who cares what other's think?

  • Shoshana Hoffman Shoshana Hoffman on Mar 07, 2017
    Agree with Tali- do what is aesthetically pleasing to you in your home. That said, my two cents is that you can for sure use a different wood in the bedrooms than in the GR. It probably will look nice if the bedrooms are all the same wood.

  • Diana Deiley Diana Deiley on Mar 07, 2017
    Great question. There is no hard rule that states you have to match every room. Your house, your rules! :) As a suggestion though I would stay in the same color range to make it cohesive throughout your home (for resale value). Best of luck.

  • Nan Nan on Mar 08, 2017
    As a retiree, I do think about resale. I'd like a lighter oak than what I have in GR, but I may just get them about the same. What about a touch lighter, and a wider plank. Think my problem is that I am a transitional gal in a traditional southern home.

  • Gwen Barham Loftus Gwen Barham Loftus on Mar 08, 2017
    Stayed in a condo that did a mix of medium colored wood laminate and greyish wood look tile. Looked great together IMO! Lots of the tiles now look like wood and are very durable and easy to care for.

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Mar 10, 2017
    If you are thinking for three future I would stay with the same finish. Normally I would agree with statement to do what makes you happy but now you really have to play by the rules that you should stay the same now let me ask you this,can you swing refinishing gr floor and then getting it all to match in the lighter color? And what is your time range for maybe selling home? Right now dark is in, but in future light come around again. People are also using different types of wood more exotic as well as cork and bamboo. So really think hard and be realistic if you think it's within a year or two go dark stay the same if you think ten or more then go light but have gr light as well down the road when your ready to sell. Hardwood no matter what color is desirable because it can be refinished by new home owners. You don't want to live for ten years with floors you hate but be ready to refinish when time comes to sell. Or cover with carpeting and have hardwood underneath so people know that they have hardwood even if they have to have them refinished. So it comes down to timing and only you know your plan.

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    • Paula Paula on Mar 12, 2017
      I think if it's the same color, chsinging up the plank size would be very cool.

  • TM TM on Mar 14, 2017
    I agree with Paula, same color but different plank size, would still look cohesive.

  • Nan Nan on Mar 14, 2017
    You all have been SO helpful.Thank you!!!

  • Suellen Hintz Suellen Hintz on Mar 16, 2017
    Stick to the same color so the house doesn't look spotty. If you don't care for the current color, choose the color for the bedrooms that you do like, the refinish the GR floors in that color.

  • Nancy Wilson Nancy Wilson on Mar 17, 2017
    Are you doing this for yourself or are you planning on selling? If selling, match the flooring throughout. It gives the impression of a larger footprint overall and is more elegant. If you like variety, I would recommend different colors and types of area rugs (small enough to enhance, not cover the entire floor). Also make sure the transfers in doorways are smooth. It's better to fit new flooring from the existing floor going toward the wall rather than the other way. Keep height and size of wood/plank the same.