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Picking the Best Hardwood Stain

Posted by on December 1, 2017
Hardwood Stain

Which hardwood stain is right for your floor? Here are some tips!

Is it time to refresh the hardwood stain on your hardwood flooring? There are many different stain options on the market depending on what species of wood you’re looking to stain and your aesthetic preferences. If you’re ready to pick the best hardwood stain for your flooring, here’s what you need to know.

What Species is Your Hardwood Floor?

The hardwood stain that you can use depends on what species of wood you are working with. Woods like birch, maple, and pine are all notoriously difficult to stain and sometimes look better being refinished than being stained. Oak hardwood floors take stain very well and can be transformed into a variety of shades easily. Work with the professionals at JKE Hardwood Flooring to determine what hardwood stain is the best for your floor.

What Lighting Is in Your Home?

The amount and type of lighting in your home has a direct effect on what color hardwood stain you should choose. If your lighting is harsh and artificial or pleasant and ambient, you should take that into account before purchasing a stain. A dark stain can make a dim room look even darker, and a pale stain can wash out a room with bright overhead lighting.

How Much Traffic Is in the Area?

High traffic areas of the home work the best with a darker hardwood stain, as it will show much less damage over time. A lighter stain can help to cover up any unsightly imperfections in the wood, but it won’t be able to mask the constant abuse from feet stomping on it every day.

What’s Your Style?

Finally, keep in mind your interior design style. If you have a rustic and homey feeling in your living room, you should choose a lighter and welcoming stain color. If your home is modern and sleek, you can have your pick of the rich and dark hardwood stain colors.

Ready for a Beautiful Hardwood Floor? You Can Trust John K Eareckson & Co.!

When you work with John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring, we will ensure your hardwood floors undergo a stress-free acclimation process and that they sparkle for years to come. From a seamless and beautiful installation to years of maintenance, John K Eareckson & Co. Flooring has the expertise to care for your home’s hardwood floors. For a consultation and more information visit us online or give us a call at 410-788-4200. You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, YouTube, and Flickr.

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