We are removing the carpet in our living and dining rooms which are joined together. However the living room area is sunken and the floor in the adjacent hallway is a medium stained red oak. We will never be able to match hardwoods so I was thinking of installing a darker stained red oak in the living and dining area. We will be laying down large area rugs in both rooms leaving about 2 feet in the perimeter exposed. Any thoughts would be appreciated.