Different wood stain in stairs compared to floor?

kimhojDecember 21, 2011

We are building a new stair case for our home. We have red oak hardwood floors on the main floor. Since the treads and risers will all be stained hardwood, I was wondering if it would look okay if the staircase wood stain is a different color compared to the surrounding hardwood floor?

I was thinking of a walnut color for the stairs which would be darker than the surrounding red oak hardwood floors.

Any opinions/thoughts? Thanks!

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It is quite traditional to have the treads darker than flooring. Our own house has walnut stained treads, white risers / sideplates and natural red oak flooring.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2011 at 11:03AM
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We've got walnut floors (just poly'd, no stain) and dark-stained oak treads with white risers. I think it looks fine.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2011 at 1:50PM
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The color difference may also help prevent falls as you will be better able to see where the stairs end & where the floor begins. I'm not kidding--I can't tell you how many people have missed the last 1 or 2 steps at my uncle's home because of the way the light shines on the stairs. A change in color would definitely help!

    Bookmark   December 28, 2011 at 1:22PM
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