Choosing a Hardwood Floor

There are dozens of species and colors of wood to choose from, which creates unique options for everyone.

Species and grains. Some of the most popular species are oak, maple, ash, and pine. Oak is medium brown with a tight, dark grain. Maple is pale with a light texture and a fine grain pattern. Ash is light with a straight and open grain. Pine varies from white to yellow and has an even, tight grain. Walnut, cherry, and beech are darker, more dramatic hardwoods.

Stains. Different color stains can be applied to wood, but the grains and patterns will remain distinct to the species. Most homeowners prefer darker colors for formal areas and lighter colors for casual settings.