There are few things that add sophistication and charm to a home like hardwood floors. That’s why caring for and preserving them is essential.

Hardwood floor refinishing is one of the most cost-effective home improvement options that can transform an entire space—especially when you choose the right color. But for many, this is often the most difficult part.

So how can you narrow down your options to select a color that’s the best fit for your home? Don’t worry—we can help! Here are a few tips to put into practice when choosing a stain in the hardwood floor refinishing process.  

First, Determine If Your Floors Should Be Stained

There are some types of wood that are best left natural instead of staining them. If you’re lucky enough to have maple, cherry, mahogany, or walnut wood floors, it may be best to maintain their beautiful, natural color with classic hardwood refinishing. This service renews and polishes your floors while maintaining the integrity of their natural richness and tone.

Hardwood like white or red oak are more common and can become discolored over time. Staining may be an ideal option for adding more depth to these types of wood floors.

Staining hardwood floors that are discolored or damaged is also an excellent option to conceal imperfections and restore them to their natural beauty.

Choosing The Right Hardwood Floor Stain

Once you’ve determined if your floors are good candidates for staining, follow these rules of thumb to find the perfect stain.

Start by identifying your style—this will help you narrow down what color family to stick with. For example, warmer stains often go well with traditional or rustic interiors. Modern designs typically incorporate cool tones of dark floors that add contrast, or light, grey-wash floors.

Also make sure to consider the size of your room prior to choosing a stain. Lighter stains often make smaller rooms feel larger and brighter and better hide crumbs, dust, and pet hair. Darker floors work well in larger rooms and make area rugs pop.

Once you’ve pinned down your desired style, do some searching online or in design magazines and choose a few inspiration photos.

Don’t worry, N-Hance of Sioux Falls can help every step of the way. Our team will help you select a stain that is best for your specific type of wood and brings your design inspiration to life.

Test The Hardwood Floor Stain You’ve Selected

Once you’ve chosen a hardwood floor stain—or narrowed down your options to two or three—test the stain on a sample area.

Apply the stain to your bare floors, or to a board that’s the same type of wood as what’s inside your home. Make sure you’re happy with how it looks in various types of lighting.

Hardwood Floor Refinishing In Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The hardwood floor restoration professionals at N-Hance of Sioux Falls can help make your design dreams a reality. We’ll be there throughout the entire process, start to finish, and help you choose a hardwood floor stain that exceeds every expectation.

Schedule a FREE estimate today to get started!