Featured Image – Jake, Design & Decor

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.

Lonny

Lonny

 

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.

Lonny

Lonny

 

Black floors bring drama and ground the space with a strong contrast to the other elements in the room.

Pinterio

Pinterio

Lonny

Lonny

Lonny

Lonny

 

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.