Bespoke Floor Colours
You know those little samples of paint that people put on the walls to see if they like the colour? Well, they can be a bit of a misnomer. You can practically guarantee that the colour will look totally different when it covers the wall. Small squares just don’t cut it when it comes to colour.
The same is true of hardwood flooring. If you want to see how a colour truly looks on the floor… well you have to put it on the floor – and not just a dab in a corner to ‘see how it looks’ either! While you will not have to stain an entire room to know if you instantly love (or hate) the colour, you will have to cover a fair section to give the colour a chance.
The best way to give any colour a fair trial is to section off an area of the floor, after sanding and vacuuming of course, and apply the colour. Give the floor not only ample time to dry, but also leave it alone for a day or so and see if it grows – or detaches itself – from you. If your aim is to coordinate or cross-coordinate with furniture or wall units then it is essential for the floor to dry out completely to see the true colour.
Mix & match
Did you know that colour stains can be mixed? For something tailor made and unique try mixing a warm maple colour with brown mahogany for extra-rich warmth. Or how about red mahogany with beech if you want something light yet different? The range of combinations are endless and you can also mix straight colours like blue, pink or yellow with a natural wood colour for children’s bedrooms and playrooms.
You can afford to be daring
Luckily colour stain doesn’t last forever, so if you find you have made an awful mistake and you just hate the colour then you can change it by sanding it off and starting again. Remember though that luck favours the bold, so if you feel like trying your hand at an adventurous combination of colours you might just come up with something that is totally amazing and the envy of all who see it!
If however you want the natural wood effect then there are literally hundreds of colour combinations available. If you prefer the original colour of your wood then you can simply apply a clear stain to allow the natural beauty of the wood to shine through.
Prepare the your floor for stain
Always make sure the floor has been properly sanded before applying any stain or topcoat to ensure an even finish throughout. Many a hardwood floor has been spoiled by uneven – or no – sanding beforehand. Of course it goes without saying that a topcoat should never ever be applied on top of existing stain.
If unsure – ask
If you fancy using a particular colour stain on a new hardwood floor and are unsure of any aspect of the process or even how to go about it then ask a professional floor sanding company, who will be able to offer reliable advice and guidance.
Although wood staining is a relatively simple procedure (isn’t everything when you know what you are doing?) there is an immense selection of staining products out there. So the homeowner is quite entitled to be a little baffled by the choice! Applications may vary depending upon which type of stain you choose.
Hardwood flooring is a precious asset to any room and as such deserves to be kindly treated. Modern wood stains are toxin-free and do not emit harmful odours, making them safe for use in homes with children and those with respiratory issues.