What Color Should I Stain My Wood Floors?

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. Some contractors still start creating a white floor by bleaching it, although this method isn’t as common as it used to be. Because bleaching the floor actually damages the structure of the wood cells, thereby prematurely aging the wood, many people are firmly against it. However, those who do bleach advise using a species such as red oak or maple—never white oak,as it can turn green when bleached, and its tannic acid may chemically react with the bleach, actually creating foam on the floor.

While the little color samples supplied by stain manufacturers allow a general guide as to which colors a customer may like,that color on an actual wood floor can be affected by numerous factors: the wood species, the abrasive sequence, the lighting in the room, the color of the paint on the walls, whether the floor was waterpopped or not, and more.

Black – Finally, if making a bold statement is everything you live for, naturally super dark brown or stained black hardwood floors are definitely the choice for you! Both dyes and pigments are used as raw wood stains, and both show up in layered work, too, although in different formats. You can buy unfinished cabinets and stain them yourself or strip and refinish existing wood cabinetry.

Oil finishes are applied to the wood and allowed to soak for a certain amount of time. Oil-based stains are readily available in most paint and hardware stores; for that reason they are usually the first choice for do-it-yourselfers. One drawback to using finish stains is some of the color will remain in the finish. Some stains are simply coloring agents; others are formulated with polyurethane or varnish so that staining and finishing can be combined in one operation. You can use this basic recipe, or use a manufactured stain that is almost a non-color, like Min-Wax Honey Pecan.

Many shop bought wood stains contain a stain and sealer (type of varnish) as an ‘all in one’ product. The fact that the wood is sealed means you will have more opportunity to manipulate the stain, and can often wipe most of it back off. That said, I should warn you that working with sealants and stains may result in inhalation of fumes and hence warrants the need to follow safety precautions. From furniture to floors, trust Minwax® products that beautify and protect wood.

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. Here you can see that the homeowners took the darker shade of wood that is used on the window frames and repeated it with the dark wood chairs. In the end, I highly recommend you have your wood flooring professional make you some samples.

So pair natural maple floors to natural maple kitchen units to natural maple dining chairs and table, and so on. While there are certainly other types of wood stains, I have only mentioned those that I have worked with. I kept most of my furnishings in the weathered grey tones, then added darker, richer wood tones as my accent color, pulling from the colors in the flooring. 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. Leaving wood outside uncovered for long periods also causes ultraviolet erosion of the wood.

With purpleheart I found that if you sprayed Son of a Gun” or something like it on the wood that it protects it from UV related issues. Stains applied to light timber (or composite boards notably plywood) will appear much stronger and brighter in colour than stains applied to dark wood. As explained by Claudine Barnett from Your Nest Design , gray doesn’t overpower or fight with other colors. The products that have made Minwax® an American icon will add color and beauty to your wood—in oil or water-based stains.

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. Especially if you photograph your house a lot, it’s so much easier to get a light and airy photo in a room with light floors (like Elsie’s above) that naturally bounce the light than darker options that absorb more light. Yes, many use dyes to achieve a depth of grain, an even base, and to achieve deeper colors.

Layers of stain have the same ability to add color and blend with one another while letting each contribute to the overall appearance. Thomas Chippendale, for example, often used a walnut-colored stain in an attempt to mute the reddish cast of mahogany. Peelings of finish that have stain on the underside are a sure giveaway that the stain was too wet when the floor was finished.

So I have my Ben Moore fan decks out and almost picked Navajo white and Bone white until I read your hilarious descriptions about how bad they are! According to Elle Décor’s round-up of 2014 trends lighter, honey-color woods such as walnut, oak, and cherry are looking fresh” especially when matched with one of the other hot 2014 trends: rich gemstone colors with accents of brass or chrome! It seems every picture I see of floors that I like is a custom stain that was done on site. We were afraid however, to use potentially toxic stains on a food prep surface, so we followed the recipe exactly (except we doubled it, just in case) and made a color very similar to the bottom left that you show.

That’s why many contractors have customers choose their stain color by wiping sample colors on the actual floor after the second sanding and then have the customer sign off on their color choice. Thanks for the info especially since I use the natural color of wood for a lot of the work I do. I will have to disagree somewhat regarding blue mahoe being cool grey and not blue. I decided to try this out myself with a scrap piece of wood I had laying around, but I ran into a little issue. To make sure you are getting the color you want, it is always a good to test the stain first in an inconspicuous area of the project.

The problem arises in that we can only see the initial color of the wood, and have no idea where the settled-in color of the wood will end up. Imagine how differently you’d buy and use woods if you could only see the final color of the wood! Since wood has only a small amount of extractives present, the total possible amount of color shift is usually pretty limited.

After sanding it down again it really started to look like the wood was slightly rotted, just like some of the spots on the pallets that we couldn’t use (more on that here ). Without looking at the issue in person it is hard for me to say exactly what happened, but I think you are heading the right way in thinking that there was too much stain added to the floor. The main difference here is that wax is easily removed at any time with thinner, because it never hardens like the binder in regular stain.

You can adopt a it was fun while it lasted mentality.” Chances are, most wood creations give the most enjoyment during the first few weeks or months of ownership, after that, people just sort of take things for granted. In case you’re curious, sheep urine makes a pale bluish color and it doesn’t work on wood. Oil stains should only be applied in one coat; otherwise the binder will build up and create a varnish-like finish. Browse through our selection of Semi-transparent wood stains and find the perfect wood stain color to give your wood more depth and bring out its natural beauty.

After the bleach is dry, the floor must be washed with a towel dampened by a mixture of water and vinegar, usually about one to two cups of vinegar per gallon of water, before stain or finish can be applied. I should have saved a ton of money, bought regular hard wood and stained it the pretty colors. I can’t say I’ve replicated that look before, but the way to achieve it is by coloring the wood one color and coloring the open grain another color. Step 4: Take a large sponge and start washing your wood.” Be careful to wash it evenly.

Using a dry cloth and my finger, I wiped away from the stain to allow a smooth transition from the stained portion to the outer unstained portion of my petal…. Choosing a light floor will hide light colored hairs and vice versa for dark floors. An exterior polyurethane will be more or less fine for a wood finish on an exterior project. Sun exposure is not a practical approach for coloring some species of wood like elm or ash, unless you are very patient.