Too many floors- Should we change the hallway to wood?

Kim Chapple
by Kim Chapple
We want to rip out the carpet in our living and dining areas, but aren’t sure where to stop. If we put in engineered hardwood, it would connect to tile in our kitchen and then carpet in a hallway or carpet in doorways to bedrooms (if we rip out the hallway carpet too). Should we change the hallway to wood or keep it carpeting? Will it look like too many different floors?

  7 answers
  • I think it depends on how open your floor plan is, Kim. I think the wood against the tile will be fine, but I would probably run the wood down the hallway.

  • William William on Jun 27, 2018
    I agree with Ann! Living room, dining room, and hallway. More visually appealing.

  • Ann is correct. I get the conundrum, I had the same question in my house, and my house is small by most standards. I would run the hardwood through the hallway, then you only have hardwood and tile in the public spaces and carpet in private spaces. Be sure to add a runner or two if the noise bothers you. Removing the carpet and installing hardwood will make the rooms echo, and it will be noticeable at first, but eventually turn to white noise. Add rugs, throws, drapes, pillows, to the living and dining rooms to absorb some of the bouncing sound.

  • Joy Stockwell Joy Stockwell on Jun 27, 2018
    We took out carpet and put down tile. Also did the entry way and. Hall. Remember when u take the carpet up in the hall you will have traffic noise

  • K S K S on Jun 28, 2018
    See "Dark and Lean Hallway Revived" By also taking up carpet in Hallway it tied into front rooms. Have fun 😐

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jun 28, 2018
    You can stop the engineered floor anywhere because there are so many types of thresholds that connect the new floor to any type of existing floor. I did this same project. When the new floor abutted my slate foyer, a metal threshold was used that was a color midway between both floor colors. The threshold between my new floor and my tile bathroom was travertine, which matched my bathroom in material and my new floor in color. When you order your new flooring materials, make sure you discuss the threshold choices - correctly selected it really enhances both your new and existing floors.

  • Kim Chapple Kim Chapple on Jun 29, 2018
    These answers are great, thanks everyone!