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Hardwood floors - Stain color help!

Kate Day
last year

Hi everyone,

We’re trying to pick a stain color for our hardwoods. Currently the house has very dark hardwoods and we’d love to lighten them for a more modern feel AND to help open up the rooms. There’s not a lot of natural light in the living room and lighter floors could really help.

I’m attaching our inspiration photos, as well as the stain samples I’ve done on our floor and what our floor looks like currently.

Does anyone know a stain that would get us close yo our inspiration pictures?

I’ve tried 4 different minwax stains:

Pickled oak (water based): Thought this would be my favorite, but it looks very unfinished to me

Weathered oak: like it the most of all 4, but still feels outdated and a little too grey

Silvered grey: too yellow

Natural: too red

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