How to Choose a Hardwood Stain Color

Choosing from among the hundreds of hardwood stains for your hardwood floor is not always a quick, easy task. Many things need to be taken into consideration like harmonizing the color with your home’s architecture, room size, ceiling, height, color and texture of walls, furniture’s style and color. With many of colors to choose from you can create a finish for any design idea.

How to choose a hardwood stain color: To help in the decision making process, at Just Around the Corner in St. Louis we apply samples of hardwood stains on a few boards so that you can see the color on the wood and how the stain affects the coloration of the wood based on the species, grade and age.

This will help show how the color will actually look on YOUR floor, as it may be a little different than the small samples.

3 Professional Tips On How to Choose a Hardwood Stain Color for Your Floor

Hardwood Stain Colors1. Color stain makes features standout

Decide on the furnishings, cabinets, wood trim or other items that have a bearing on the floor color.

Remember, you don’t want to match color, but contrast, compliment and create depth to achieve the desired mood

2. Hardwood floor color considerations

In recent years, dark color hardwood stains, such as Jacobean, Royal Mahogany and Dark Walnut have become increasingly popular because they present a formal and sophisticated appearance.

They also bring about a warm and cozy feel to the room.The drawbacks to a darker color wood floor are that dust and scratches stand out a little more, which make maintenance more of a challenge.

To maximize sunlight, create a spacious feeling or brighten a darker room, select a lighter color. Light colors bring a neutral balance to the room. They add a sense of cheerfulness and wear better than dark floors.Mid tone hardwood stains, like Provincial or Golden Walnut, work well in traditional homes and hide some of the blemishes in older hardwood.

3. Make the final color choice

If you start with three color options, eliminate the one you like the least. Next, test the two remaining samples in daylight and under the light at night.Step back and evaluate the effect next to the walls, baseboard, furnishings, the floors of adjacent rooms and other items.Walk away for a few minutes and return to the room.

Pay close attention to which of the remaining hardwood stains makes the most impact as you reenter the room.

These tips should aid in making the not-so-easy decision of choosing the right color for your hardwood floor. If you are ready to make the decision or still need a little help, contact Just Around the Corner to speak with a flooring expert.

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