This COVID lockdown gives way to one’s long-planned project that got neglected for so many times like giving your floor an overhaul.
Sanding and staining timber floors give a totally different outlook to any dull space unleashing the energy of a room. Instantly, good vibes get channelled to the entire household. But there is one problem though. How could we get the best timber look by choosing the right timber stain?
- Let it highlight your house.
Consider the overall theme of your house before deciding on what stain colour should you use. The colours, the vibe, the furniture, and the décor you’ve accented it with. It is important to do this so that your flooring will blend in the rest of the house without appearing awkward or annoying. Darker walls, for example, or those that are painted black or made of bricks may not be as appealing if combined with dark-stained flooring. This tends to make a small house appear even smaller as it doesn’t reflect light and which doesn’t help open up the space they have. One that can carry dark stains is a large, well-lit room with high ceilings. It may appear vibrant which can add up to the dramatic ambience, most especially when paired with neutral hues. It goes to say, contrasting appearance are the most appealing. Highlights of very light stains, when in contrast with dark details of industrial lighting or countertops are fierce and adventurous.
- Go 100%, or not at all.
Black Japan’s semi-opaque effect sometimes is doubted upon as paint rather than stain. But this is a mainstay of corridors during the Victorian era, hailed because of its fashionable effect. It also graced rooms as a decorative feature between its rugs and the walls, clearing it out as not an actual floor for walking, but mostly used on furniture as a poor man’s Asian lacquer. Think of caressing the black keys of a piano, how smooth and how expressive of power. This gives you an idea that it’s not something for an average homeowner to have. Dark-stained wood will cost you and it sadly, it cannot be sanded back into a lighter tone. Dark-stained floorboards will always be that way and so, if you’re not 100% committed to sweeping the floor as the dust is undeniably visible each time, don’t stain your floor dark or black. However, a take away about black flooring is that it speaks luxe. Period.
- Practical luxury
You are driven to give your floor an overhaul because you want to look at it or walk on it and feel good. Who wouldn’t want that? But then there’s always the budget to consider. When your budget holds you back, there’s always the clear coating that can give you the same umph at a much cheaper cost. Be careful though as these clear coatings need to be matched to the stain type mindfully. Remember, water-based clear coats would not sit well with oil-based stains or oil-based clear coats. The safest option is to make a water-based stain go with water-based clear coat. Take note also that timber oil-based clear coats turn yellow when exposed to UV light.
- Above all, choose inspiration.
Expressing yourself, finding balance, and having some source of positive energy around the house is the most practical choice you can make. No matter how experts tell you, which stain goes with what coat, you should accentuate your house with this, or you should get this rug, if you don’t feel it, you will never get comfortable with it. So, gauge your own identity concerning what you wanted for your own house. Sure, it’s good to know similarly-coloured layering of the house could be a disaster but you now know the importance of how opposites, actually complement each other.