We want to change the flooring in our living room to a laminate. It is next to our kitchen separated by walls & an arch-way entrance. My kitchen has a light oak laminate that is about 10yrs. old. Trying to match it is impossible. My question is whether or not it is "acceptable" to pick a different color laminate for the living room, such as one that is darker? I have been told 2 different things. One is that this is totally ok & the other of course is that this would be a huge mistake. I am trying to clarify whether or not this is a good option or should we just stick w/ carpet.