Lighter floors with darker staircase?
Folks, I have a dilemma! We live in a century home (1905), and have been renovating - doing things in pieces and perhaps not in the right order...but that's the way it goes. We have red oak (I think) floors that had really darkened to a an orangey colour over time. Last year we had the staircase refinished, matching them to the floor, but in a more neutral tone (browner). Now, a year later, we are refinishing the floors, and are doing them natural to avoid VOC's in stain as I am pregnant. But the natural floor, with finish coat, will be several shades lighter than the staircase. Is this look ok? We are using Bona water based floor finish, so it is unlikely to darken much over time...What do you think about lighter floors with a darker staircase?