Good Questions: Should I Stain My Floors Darker?

Good Questions: Should I Stain My Floors Darker?

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Maxwell Ryan
Feb 5, 2007

Hello AT,

We have to replace our hardwood floors in our loft condo due to water damage in a tiny area. They don't have our exact wood to replace the few boards that were damaged. Since the builder is replacing them all for us I thought it would be a great time to actually have a choice on the color. And we can't find anything that we like that looks like what we have now..

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Some of the other units in our place have floors that match the
mahogany cabinets. I don't really like the matching of the two,
thats why in the begining I choice slightly lighter. Would love to
go darker than the cabinets with a wider plank and was wondering
how a dark ebony color floor would look with the kitchen. Any
thoughts?

FYI: Our place doesn't get any direct sunlight but lots of natural
light. One entire wall is floor to ceiling windows. Willing to
change wall color in kitchen if needed. We are also going to be
selling our place in a few years and would like something that
others will also find appealing.

THANKS! Amanda

Dear Amanda,

We like what you've got and would go a little darker, but not much. We feel that black/ebony floors are looking a bit tired right now and that a deep brown is the way to go. We would recommend looking for a "coffee color" stain that will be more in line with your cabinets than your black countertops. This will also help to keep the rooms a bit brighter.

Anyone else??

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