A hardwood floor is typically made of one kind of wood that is all stained and finished the exact same. That produces one consistent appearance across your entire floor. This is the most common choice and will likely remain so for a very long time. However, many homeowners have been joining a trend towards high variation wood floors. Those floors can vary in terms of stain or even the type of wood used. The color, grain, texture, or even species of wood might vary from plank to plank across the entire floor. The resulting look is one of diverse colors.
As flooring technology grows and develops rapidly, it’s easier than ever before to design a floor that is varied in color and texture. Ironically, technology has made it easier for floors to look more natural. In nature, pieces of wood do not look alike. Even pieces of wood from the same tree vary in color and grain. Heartwood is darker and richer than sapwood. Any damage, mineral deposits, or animal interference in the growth of the tree will also create inconsistencies in the wood. You can now replicate that look for your flooring.
How to Do It
First, you should decide what variations you would like to include. You can vary the color of the wood, the species of the wood, or both. If you want to vary only the color of the wood, you should choose all of the same species. If you want to vary just the species, you should pick one color of stain to cover the entire floor. You can also vary both.
Once you’ve decided what sort of variation you would like, it’s best to choose colors or species that are all somewhat similar. For example, natural color stains won’t mix well with unnatural colors such as blue or green. The colors should be similar. So, you might choose coffee for some of the boards, chocolate stain for others, and a honey color for the rest of them. Those three colors will blend together nicely. The same is true of hardwood species. If you have white oak planks, red oak will likely blend well with them. Ebony or a very dark wood might be too far of a departure.
Of course, those aren’t hard and fast rules. It’s also possible to mix bright colors with neutrals. In that case, the distribution is very important. You’ll need to make sure that the color variations are sufficiently randomized to make it look natural.
If the high variation trend interests you, you should ask a flooring installer about ways to make it look great.