New hardwood finish feels different from old one
We recently had the oak floors on our main level refinished. We went with a natural (clear) finish, so that the floors would match our stairs and upstairs rooms, and because we have dark furniture so we thought this would contrast well and lighten it up. We basically said to our hardwood flooring company "can you make our refinished floors look like this" and they said yes. They used a Bona water-based satin finish (not sure exactly which one).
Overall I'm pleased with how they turned out, but there are a couple things I'm unsure about:
1. Now that I see the entire downstairs in this light color, it looks a little cold compared to our warm cabinet tones. Granted, the furniture isn't put back yet, so that will break it up, but will the color warm up a bit with time?
2. When I walk on the floors and feel them, they just feel so "matte" (that's the only word I can think of to describe it). Our floors upstairs have a water-based Bona finish as well, but they seem a little more slippery or something. Like you can slide your feet across them more easily. But the upstairs definitely doesn't have a gloss finish, so I'm not exactly sure why they feel different. I prefer the slightly more smooth/slippery finish, and I'm wondering why the downstairs isn't like that. At first I thought it was just all the dust from the remodel, but I've vacuumed and cleaned them, and it still doesn't feel as nice. It feels kind of like there isn't much of a finish on it at all (even though I know they put on 2-3 coats).
Any opinions or advice on this? I have a tendency to second guess big decisions immediately after until I get used to them, so maybe in a month I won't even notice this stuff. But right now I'm starting to worry that it's not what we want.