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Different wood stain in stairs compared to floor?

Posted by kimhoj (My Page) on
Wed, Dec 21, 11 at 1:55

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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RE: Different wood stain in stairs compared to floor?

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.

RE: Different wood stain in stairs compared to floor?

We've got walnut floors (just poly'd, no stain) and dark-stained oak treads with white risers. I think it looks fine.

RE: Different wood stain in stairs compared to floor?

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!

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