Hardwood floor, color variation

KatieEV80September 24, 2012

I currently have oak trim throughout my home, which has a honey color. I am interested in a darker floor that complements the current oak trim. I have fallen in love with the look of an engineered tigerwood, but I would really prefer an unfinished domestic that can be stained. Any suggestions for a species or staining method that might offer more color variation? Would something "character grade" be appropriate?

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You may get a stained flooring close to the color of a naturally finished exotic wood like tigerwood. But never quite that real and rich. You may try domestice Thermo treated woods.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 1:09AM
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Northern ash flooring will give you blonds, tans and browns. Also, so-called "brown maple" can be acquired that will give lots of color variation.

Finishing with a high quality clear coating, such as commercial two-part waterborne urethane or another non-yellowing wood floor finish, will give you a vivid result that will change little over time.

If you can't find what you are looking for in the usual distribution channels, try some local flooring mills.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 2:32PM
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