Choosing the Right Color Stain for your Hardwood Floor
There are so many great color choices when it comes to hardwood flooring . Options will vary from natural wood to dark browns and black. There is a stain color that will work for all spaces and just remember these tips as you go through the process.
- Always have your floor finisher put sample options on the floor. It is important that you see your stain choice on the floor and wood itself.
- A custom blend is easy to do. If you can’t decide on one color have your finisher mix some different stains together for a custom look. You should not be charged extra for this. Special Walnut and Jacobean mixed 50/50 looks great!!
- Are you going to have a more traditional design, if so think about the colors Early American, Special Walnut and Gun-stock- these are all really great looking and timeless.
- Dark wood is in!! 7 out of 10 of our new hardwood floors are dark and people love the look it offers. Some great colors are Dark Walnut, Royal Mahogany and Jacobean.
- Remember that scratches and dust show extra with on darker stained floors. Maintenance is more difficult with darker colors.
- Don’t be afraid of a semi-gloss finish. This will be more hard than a satin finish and will “dull” out over time.
- Use a premium stain, such as Minwax. You will also want to use a very high grade finish such as Polo-plaz.
- A dark stain will need an extra day of finishing time to allow for the stain to really soak into the wood and no bleeding occurs through the finish.
- When matching existing flooring, go a shade darker and this will make for a better match.
- Species of wood effects the way the floor will take stain—this goes back to having a sample made. Oak stained Gun-stock will appear much different than Walnut stained the same color.
- Be consistent and have one color—unless areas are separated visually, but even then I would recommend consistency.
As always try to make the color and floor be a reflection of you.