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Matching stain color of other woods in room
Q: My family room contains lots of oak (woodwork, windows, bookshelves, TV cabinet built in). It’s a beautiful medium color oak. I would like to replace the carpet with hardwood floors. I feel oak flooring might be too much for the room. Is there a rule about whether the floors should be a darker or lighter color than the other wood in the room?
Any suggestions you can give me are appreciated.
A: I worked in a home recently which likewise had a large office/TV room with high quality oak paneling, built in library and entertainment cabinet, and large oak crown molding with oak plank. It was all stained golden brown and looked stunning. If you wanted to do something a bit fancier with the floors, you could install oak but also install an inlay or medallion. Allan Macdonald, the owner of www.oldeworldflooring.com would be more than capable of helping you with that.
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Matching sheens on stair treads, rail and baluster
Q: Should the urethane sheen on a wood stair tread match the urethane sheen on a wood rail and baluster?
A: While it seems normal or typical to say, yes the sheen should match, it could also be viewed as subjective. However you like it.
I love hardwood floors, yet I cannot find the color I'm looking for. I want a gray or black floor. Any suggestions on a different material or a manufacturer who distributes this?
Can you stain Brazilian cherry floors any color?
Q: We have Brazilian cherry floors throughout that may need to be refinished. A few questions - 1) Does refinishing mean re-staining? 2) Can you stain Brazilian cherry floors any color (such as a chocolate brown)? 3) Our floors scratch so easily and show a white mark. Since the floors may…
Stairs darker than floors
I have natural cherry wood floors. Today I got them sanded and polyurethaned, and now the stairs that we're previously done looks darker. They have never been stained and contractor says they used oil based poly w/ high gloss. Why doesn't it match, and can it be fixed?
Wall color effect on floor color
Q: Dark brown real hardwood flooring with a red hue by a painted wall with a red hue will make the flooring the brown color? Dark brown real hardwood flooring with a brown hue by a painted wall with a brown hue will make the flooring a red hue? A:…
Color match existing floors to new prefinished floors
Q: My home is 11 years old. I have wood floors in the kitchen and hall. I want to use prefinished wood floors in the living room and dining room after removing the carpeting. Can I transition or match the existing floors that are not prefinished to new prefinished floors,…
Custom dark stain
We are building a house and we're trying to find a dark stain that will compliment our modern interior. We most likely will have a 4" or 5" Oak plank or a Walnut. I looked at the Ebony stain, but it seems to have a green tint. We also mixed…