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It’s easy to see why this can be such a dilemma for some people, your floors will have a huge impact on the look of your home and if you get them wrong, you’ll be stuck with them for a long, long time. The first decision to make is whether you should even consider if you floor should be stained or if it should be kept in its natural state. If you are lucky enough to have an exotic, rare or special wood floor such as mahogany, cherry, rosewood, walnut, aged pine and even maple then we strongly recommend they don’t be stained. Oak flooring takes stain very well with the correct techniques and they look great when done properly. A lot of people don’t like the “old” style of “yellowish” natural oak they associate with their grandparent’s floors. This can be one of the toughest decisions you’ll have to make when it comes to refinishing your hardwood floors.
One of the best places to see different flooring styles and colors is in that stack of home decoration and renovation magazines you have piled up in a corner somewhere.
You can also take a trip down to your local big box hardware store and browse through the flooring isle to see what tickles your fancy. If you have a certain taste in furniture or a design style you’re going for, it will greatly help you to decide on a color as well. For example, if you want a country, farmhouse theme in your home, then you won’t want to stain your floors Dark Ebony or Jacobean, you would go for something like Early American or Colonial Maple that are in the color board above. On the other hand, if you’re going for a more modern contemporary style, you won’t want to put down a color like Sedona Red as it would look completely out of place. Lighter floors can be better for small dark rooms as they will brighten them up, making them look bigger because they reflect light. One other thing to note about dark floors is that maintenance will be somewhat more difficult. If you’ve narrowed your choices down to 2 or 3 colors then you’re well on your way to getting the perfect stain for your hardwood floors. If you need some extra help in choosing a stain color all you have to do is ask us and we’ll be happy to lend our professional help.
I also have a big dog, and dont want to go too dark on account of him scratching up the floor. Try and wipe off as much as you can, leave it to dry out for a few days and then test a spot of the floor to see what happens. If you do need to re-sand, I suggest you waterpop the floors so you can get that darker look you want. Thank you for taking the time to comment Faviola and I hope your hardwood floor refinishing project goes well!
In the end, I highly recommend you have your wood flooring professional make you some samples.
Maybe check out the colors Provincial, Special Walnut or Early American by MinWax and see if they suit your style. As far as color, it’s very tough for us to make a call without seeing your place in person and knowing what your “style” is. Sorry about the delay in replying, I was at a national trade event with my employees for a few days – keeping up on the latest hardwood flooring advancements. Maybe get your stager to pop over to help you with the choice as well, they’re usually very good with colors and style. We always recommend for clients with dogs to keep their nails properly clipped to reduce damage too.
As far as dust, yes the darker floors will show it more, but that’s a small price to pay for having awesome looking floors we think. The floors that we have currently made are pretty much all 8′long stock and we make the blanks oversize through the rip so we can keep them extra straight out of the moulder. If you use the same brand of stain then yes, you can mix colors together to get the look you want. Try to find a color close to what you want and then mix and sample colors till you find the perfect one. Our main floor has a douglas fir floor (original from 1888) in the living room and red oak from the 1940′s in the rest of the rooms.

Sorry for the delay in replying, we’ve had a very busy week sanding and refinishing floors here in Naperville. It’s always hard to give advice over the computer without seeing your home in person and your wall and furnishing colors as well as your decorating tastes. 1) I know your windows are small, but if you have light colored walls you could blend the two floors all in together with a darker stain. 2) Keep the floors natural or use a light colored stain (Golden Oak perhaps if your taste is country) and enjoy the difference in the woods. 3) Be very daring and become a trend-setter with one of the newest and latest colors coming out for floors – greys and whites. Yes you’re right about the darker stains, especially if the floor has been water-popped. The third floor photo in the post (the one with the fireplace) is a red oak floor and you can still see the natural color variation with the wood there. The finish system used on that floor had very high VOC’s and with good reason they are starting to be banned across the country. The color palette in the blog post is just a small sampling of our colors, we have many more and all of them can be mixed and blended to get any custom shade you want. Wood floor refinishing is like having a brand new hardwood floor installed all over again and will restore the elegance of your hardwood flooring to “like new” condition.
The sanding process will remove all deep and surface scratches that your wood floors have collected over their many years of use. Staining will allow you to custom pick a new color to fit the style of your home and finishing will allow you to choose what type of finish and how many coats you will apply for durability. Finishline Flooring specializes in all aspects of wood floor refinishing and our state-of-the-art wood floor refinishing equipment will leave you with a brand new floor all over again. When you choose Finishline Flooring to complete your wood floor refinishing project in New York City, or New Jersey you aren’t just getting a flooring contractor. There are a number of factors that will affect whether you should stain your floors and what stain color best suits your home, all of which need to be taken into consideration before making a decision. These floors can look great left their natural color, or they can be stained to make them look a more exotic shade like the above species. You should be able to find images of houses with all sorts of wood flooring shades within them.
Lighter shades like Cherry and Golden Oak will accent the natural grains and beauty of a floor while still giving it some depth and color. If there are large areas of water damage or pet stains, then a dark ebony stain might be able to adequately mask these areas and other imperfections without having to do extensive repairs (assuming the wood itself is stable). As I’ve gotten a bit carried away with this post, I’ll make that the subject of my blog post for next month (you can read it here). Whatever your taste is, dark, lighter floors, red hues or brown and all the shades in between, you will have no trouble finding a color that fits in perfect with your home. If you go with white cabinets, you can pretty much have any color on the floor and it will look good. Chestnut would definitely stay within the realms of the safe colors as your furniture has the redish hues. If you don’t use a finish with a ultraviolet inhibitor, then yes the floors will change color (darker) with sunlight. Speaking for myself, I like darker colored floors and I think the contrast between dark wood floors and a natural wood ceiling would look good. I just got guy installed Red Oak hardwood floor, can you advice what color should I go with should I stain or leave it natural. But if you really want to make a statement and still have it blend in with your existing colors, I would start with 3 colors – Dark Walnut, Provincial and Jacobean. That way the hardwood professional can sand, stain and finish them onsite to the clients choice of stain color and finish system.
The available colors our floor guy says are out there are simply not what we had a in mind.
Can be time consuming and a pain, but you have to live with your floors for a long time so it’s worth the effort.
It sounds like you only have the fir in the living room – you could make a focal point out of that beautiful wood if you wanted to and not even bother trying to hide or blend it.

I would get a few red colors and a few of the browns and maybe fruitwood and experiment with mixing them together (the same brand) at different percentages to see what you like. One clear benefit to owning a hardwood or engineered floor is that they can be sanded and refinished multiple times. Unless serious problems exist, wood floor refinishing is a better, more affordable alternative to a new replacement. We will bring the selected stains and apply them to your floor during our wood floor refinishing appointment. You’re taking on a partner in making your home or business look the absolute best it can, and we’ll guarantee you that nobody will have anything bad to say about your floors! Most people stain their floors in an attempt to get them to look like one of these awesome floors, if you already have this type of hardwood floor in your home then you’re way ahead of the game. We have stained many different species of wood floors for clients including the maple floors in a Chicago apartment you can see in the picture above.
So if you have a full house running through, scuffing things up, tracking dirt and dust in and you don’t want the stress of continually cleaning up, you may want to consider a lighter color. I’ll go into great detail of the best way to make sure you’re completely 100% happy with your decision before you commit to staining the entire floor. And if you can’t find the perfect color out of a tin, we’d be happy to mix some different stains together for a custom blend that matches your taste and style. Nothing can replace a close-up real-life match between your potential floor color and existing furniture like a good stain sample. Ask your local wood floor refinishing professional for their recommendations on what will work best for your floors under local conditions, they’ll be happy to help lead you in the right direction I’m sure. These colors go with a lot of different styles of decorating so the new owner will be able to picture their furnishings in the space, which will be very important for selling. Onsite sanding and finishing leads to a much nicer finished product without the bevels pre-finished flooring is known for. It’s very hard to tell with the lighting and shadows but the color looks a lot like Provincial to me. Any high quality engineered floor will usually have enough surface material to allow for at least 1 or 2 refinishing’s. Simply put it’s hard to determine what the finished product will look like, while choosing colors from a small paper or wood sample. We will work with you to help you choose the stain color that fits your home and your taste. It’s a very large room and the ceiling is done with the same wood that is why we thought of staining for some contrast. With ? solid hardwoods, wood floor refinishing can be accomplished several times or more over the lifespan of the floor.
Sanding your floors will take off the existing layers of finish, while taking out small and deep scratches.
The possibilities are endless, stains can be mixed with others, or dyes to create a unique one of a kind look. If we can't find a standard stain color that pleases you we can mix custom stain colors for your hardwood flooring. Red oak and fir are very different woods as you know but they aren’t too far apart in the color spectrum thankfully.
We have laid 5″ white oak with character everywhere and are trying to decide on a Minwax stain.
After sanding you will be able to add a stain color, and fresh finish coats to your floor, leaving you with brand new looking floors. I am also planning to get stager decorate the house but I am struggling to select the stain color.

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