Colouring a Solid Wood Floor
Solid wood flooring in its natural state can range from the delicate white blonde of pine to the rich, deep tones of walnut hardwoods, but any type of wood colour can be changed successfully to retain its natural sleek look and 100% desirability and durability.
Wood flooring can be changed to match or cross coordinate with décor and furniture. Unusually shaped rooms such as circular foyer areas and formal rooms which may have a shortage of natural light often elect to lighten an original dark wood floor to create the feeling of light and of space.
Within each wood type however there is a myriad of natural colours which prevail so that one oak floor may be naturally rustic red and another of the same wood type a rich, dark brown. The infinite variety of tones and hues is what makes wooden flooring so special.
Whatever colour a floor is to begin with, it tends to darken through age and wear and tear in addition to losing its lustre and shine. Fortunately all of these issues are fixable and a little care and attention can successfully change the colouring of a floor or restore its natural beauty.
Retro style living calls for traditional mahogany reddish tones and rich, warm golden brown woods, making a room seem homely and lived in. Modern rooms that opt for a starker finish and minimalist design commonly select either a very light or a very dark wood colour. Children’s rooms, dens and play areas can be made fun-filled spaces with wood floor paint. Choose from a range of bold and bright primary colours to a subtle blend of greens, greys and beige mixes for that individual and tailored look.
Artistic homeowners can also try their hand at floor stencilling using floor paint with animal design, numbers or lettering. This makes flooring space a fun area for children and is a great way to introduce young children to the alphabet and numbers. All floor paints sold in the UK are free of harmful toxins, although children should never be allowed to help apply the paint to the floor.
Floors that have been factory coloured can be changed or re-coloured in the same way as any type of flooring. Solid wood flooring is as an adaptable floor covering as you can get, and it can be coloured as often as you like without causing damage to the planks.
A professional finish
However, it is never wise to apply one level of woodstain directly on another as this will cause unevenness, blotching and bring an unwanted amateurish look to the floor. To achieve a professional finish a floor should be evenly sanded to achieve an overall smoothness before applying any kind of wood stain or even clear floor sanding and varnishing company.
Traditional woodstain colourings such as oak, teak and mahogany are still as popular today as they always have been as the colours of choice for most UK homeowners. However bear in mind that whilst you can apply a rich mahogany stain to a light balsa wood it will not turn out as richly burnished as applying the same colour stain to a cherry or oak wood floor.
If you are unsure as to the look you want it is always a good idea to do a patch test in a hidden corner or the inside of a cupboard. Wood stain will gradually appear lighter in a room subjected to much natural light whereas a coloured floor will darken in an interior room or in a room with small windows.
Wood colouring and stains bring additional versatility to all types of solid wood flooring and is a great way to go to create a beautiful and unique solid wood floor.