It’s bound to come up….
“I’m selling my home and I know I need to refinish these floors. What stain color should I pick?”
“I am updating my home and want to get rid of these honey oak floors, what color is in?”
“I’m replacing all my flooring and upgrading to hardwood, what color should I be looking at?”
I get that question many times a week and what I tell you today, wasn’t what I would have told you two years ago and it more than likely won’t be what I will tell you two years from now.
That’s just the thing…..trends change but the good news is there are some things that have not changed in the last decade. That lasting componet is that the floor should be in contrast with your wood work and kitchen cabinets.
A few years ago very dark espresso floors were all the rage. They were stunning and still are but people quickly realized how tough it was to keep them looking clean. You saw every little spec of dust.
Flooring then became lighter, first to a medium walnut, and now to the current floor trend which is very light. These photos are of a luxury home I staged for the Parade of Homes Fall of 2019.
How long will this current trend last? Who knows!
If you are refinishing your floors for selling purposes, go with what is on trend.
If you are refinishing your floors and plan to live in your home many years, go with what you like but still contrasts with the wood elsewhere in the home. You can enjoy the beauty of the color and down the road at resell time, refinish them in the color that is current at the time.
Refinishing hardward floors is not cheap and it is a messy process. If you are unsure about stain colors be sure to hire a professional home stager to assist you.