Choosing Your Stain Color

Stain Charts

When selecting a stain color, print or digital stain charts are a good place to start; however, these charts do not accurately represent stain colors. Differences in lighting, computer screens, wood types, and application methods, among other factors, can cause big differences in how a stain will look from one floor to another.

Visit our showroom to see samples of stain choices on white oak and red oak, water-popped and not water-popped. Showroom appointments can be scheduled here.


Water-popping is a common technique used to stain floors. By opening the grain, the wood will accept more stain resulting in a darker, richer tone.

Stain Samples

We recommend sanding a patch and testing stain colors on your floor to ensure the right color is chosen. Stain samples should use a similar sanding sequence as will be used when the entire floor is stained as this can greatly affect how a stain looks. Differing amounts of stain will soak into the floor if the final cut is done with 80 grit as opposed to 120 grit sandpaper.

Bona DriFast Stain

PoloPlaz Supreme Stain

Rubio Monocoat

Bona Craft Oil

Ciranova NT Reactive Stain


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