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Everything You Need to Consider When Choosing a Stain for Your Hardwood Floors



All stains are not created equal, and here at SVB Wood Floors we understand that. Once a stain color is set, it can only be changed by re-sanding and re-staining, so it pays to consider all of the factors when choosing a stain color for your hardwood floors.

Below are SVB’s top items that homeowners should consider when choosing a stain for their hardwoods.




Different species of wood absorb stain differently, which is why it is crucial to consider this while choosing a stain color. For example, oak is one of the easiest species of wood to stain and gives you the most color options. On the other hand, species such as maple, birch, pine and many other exotic species are more difficult to stain evenly because of their tight grains and tiny pores.

Helpful Tip: Choose an installer, such as SVB, that does a sample stain on your actual hardwood floors. This way you’ll know exactly what your stain will look like on your species of wood.




The color of your hardwood floors can make or break your décor, but the right stain can do wonders for your home. Consider things such as paint colors, furnishings, style and accent colors in your home.

A lighter stain can brighten a dark room while adding a clean touch.

Medium stains pair well with more traditional decor and are great for tying a room together by matching other wood accents.

Darker stains can add a modern touch and make the accent colors in your home pop!

This is another reason why testing your stain color in your home is crucial. That way you can see how it will change the décor of your home without playing the guessing game.





The lighting in your home can change the appearance of different stain colors as well as.

Lighter stains are great for brightening a dark room, but show off more of the wood’s natural imperfections. They are also great for a contrast in a home with darker furnishings and décor. Lighter stained floors also disguise everyday dust better and allow homeowners to clean less.

Dark floors can give balance to a bright room and offer a good base for decorating. However, even though they camouflage the wood’s natural imperfections, they are also more likely to accentuate other imperfections such as scratches, dust and pet hair. So if you have a dogs or children who act like dogs, a lighter stain color may be your best option.


Never Settle by Customizing Your Stain

Hardwood floors are a big investment, and also a major design component in your home, so don’t settle for just any stain color or any hardwood floor company.

SVB Wood Floors uses the highest quality DuraSeal stain colors, and we have the ability to customize any of them to match your needs. Say you want a little more red or a little more brown in your stain color, we can custom mix any of our DuraSeal stain colors to get it just right.

We also give you a stain sign off sheet to not only ensure we’ve picked the perfect stain for your floors, but also so we can keep your custom stain details on file for future reference.

Related Read: What to Expect from Your SVB Wood Floor Installation


Looking for some hardwood flooring inspiration? Check out SVB Wood Floors’ online photo gallery.