STEP TWO: Wood, like paper, can absorb pigment to create a wide range of hues and colors. Take for example Red Oak, the most common species of wood used in wood floors. As the photo below indicates, Red Oak can be stained and finished to produce a wide range of hues.
This flexibility allows your flooring specialist and you to look increasingly at the choice of species in terms of price, grain and texture.
The popularity of painted wood floors is rising
Of course, not everyone wants a stained wood floor. A painted wood floor can make a dramatic statement that truly sets a home apart.
Use this gallery to see samples of hardwood flooring grouped by light, medium and dark hues.