I am about to pull up carpet and put down laminate in our home. The previous owners installed laminate in the kitchen and dining room. I am not removing it, they installed it before installing the cabinets! ugh. Question. My wife and I are getting conflicting information about the best way to run laminate. The diagram shows the layout. I want to run it down the hall and into the living room which is 16x18. She wants me to run it the same way as the original laminate. Keep in mind we cannot locate an exact match... Thoughts?
I’d replace the kitchen material or use a different material (like tile). If you must install similar material, I’d Install it in Direction “A”, because:
1) Installing material that is NOT identical in the same direction will look like a “mistake”.
2) Material across a hall will look like scraps were used.
3) Make a bold statement by using a different colored threshold material between the kitchen and living room.
OK...Since you both have to live there, I would suggest after you have the laminate delivered, try laying out a number of pieces in both directions and see which layout compliments the room and the lighting. Also consider how you will make the transition to the existing laminate, that can be a determining factor. Good luck.