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Deciding which color to make your wood floors can be daunting. After all, it’s a big decision and it’s not easily done especially in a space you already occupy. The furniture has to be moved out of the room and then it takes several days to refinish with sanding, staining and a few coats of polyurethane. During this time, no one can walk in the room until it’s thoroughly dry.
So what’s right for you?
Medium toned woods give a warm, traditional look.
Medium tones are especially effective in a herringbone or chevron pattern where the natural lights and darks in the wood allow the pattern to really shine.
This wide planked floor in a medium tone contrasts beautifully with the more refined pieces in the room for an eclectic look. Don’t be afraid to mix woods in a room, it helps to create a more interesting space.
This apartment that Nate Berkus did for Rita Hazan (hair stylist for Beyonce and Katy Perry) has a darker medium tone that gives the space a level of sophistication.
This dark medium floor enhances the decorative painting on the wall.
Black floors bring drama and ground the space with a strong contrast to the other elements in the room.
White washed floors give an airy effect bringing lightness to the space.
Unfinished woods give a rustic, organic look to the room.
The grey wash on this wood floor gives the room a modern feel.
Ask your floor finisher to sample a few stain colors in a small section on your floor before staining the whole space. Just like with paint colors on the wall, you should live with it for a day to see how it looks in different light. You can always combine a couple different stain colors to get just the right look for you. Just remember the formula for future touch ups.