The British Wood Flooring Company

The British Wood Flooring Company
A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Wood Floor Finish

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Wood Floor Finish

Choosing a new wood floor can be a minefield; with so many laying patterns and wood species to choose from, to buy new or reclaimed, the options are endless. One of the most exciting aspects of this process is choosing the right stain to enhance the natural beauty of your wood while complementing your home’s aesthetic. With countless options available, it’s essential to consider several factors to ensure you select the perfect finish.

Here’s a guide to help you navigate this decision-making process without feeling overwhelmed.

1. – Understand Your Wood Species: The type of wood you have plays a significant role in how the stain will appear. Different wood species absorb stains differently, resulting in varying hues and intensities. For example, oak tends to absorb stains more evenly than softer woods like pine, which may result in a more blotchy appearance. Ask us about the characteristics of your wood species to understand how it interacts with stains, oils and lacquers.

2. – Consider Your Preferences: Before diving into stain colours, take some time to reflect on your style and the ambience you want to create in your space. Are you drawn to warmer tones like golden oak or richer hues like espresso? Do you prefer a traditional, rustic look, or are you leaning towards a more modern, sleek finish? Understanding your preferences will guide you in selecting a stain that resonates with your taste and complements your home decor.

3. – Test Samples: Testing samples is crucial once you have a few stain colours in mind. We create sample pieces using offcuts of your wood, which you can see in the room amongst the room decor and lighting. Stain colours can appear differently depending on lighting, wood type, and existing finishes, so it’s an essential step in finding the right tone. This hands-on approach allows you to visualise the final result and make adjustments as needed

4. – Consider the Finish: In addition to colour, you’ll also need to decide on the finish for your wood floor. Common options include matt, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finishes. Each finish has its own unique characteristics, ranging from a subtle, natural sheen to a more reflective, glossy appearance. Consider the level of sheen you prefer and how it complements the overall look of your room.

5. – Factor in Maintenance: While choosing a stain based on aesthetics is essential, it’s also important to consider the practical aspects, such as maintenance. Some finishes may require frequent touch-ups or special cleaning products to maintain appearance. If you lead a busy lifestyle or prefer low-maintenance options, opt for finishes that are known for their durability and ease of care. We provide an aftercare kit for all of our finishes to help

6. Ask us! If you’re unsure which finish to choose or need expert guidance, don’t hesitate to ask for help. Our craftsmen at The British Wood Flooring Company are lovely to chat with and extremely knowledgeable about our products and how to get the look and performance you want. Call us now on +44 (0)1428 604700

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