Hardwood Floors

Wood Floor Stain Color Guide

Transform your floors with a stylish hardwood floor stain.
Wood Floor Stain Color Guide

With the different types of flooring materials out there, hardwood floors will always be a favorite choice. Hardwood floors remain versatile, durable and guaranteed to last a lifetime. With all the different flooring options available, almost all of them have an option to mimic the look of hardwood. However, once you choose something that looks like hardwood, you’ll have that look until you change your floors again. The same hardwood floor can have various looks over its lifetime with different refinishing and staining techniques.


If you’re looking to change the look of your hardwood floors, consider a wood floor stain to breathe new life into your home. Here are some things to consider when picking a new hardwood floor stain.


Timeless or Trendy?

When it comes to choosing a wood floor stain, we often look at what’s popular right now. But, if you’re not into changing the look of your floors every season, you’ll want to choose a color that has some staying power. Picking something you love is important, but you’ll also want to consider other factors as well: 

  • The Style of Your Home. Make sure the wood floor stain color you’re going for pairs nicely with the style of your home. From Cape Cod, Victorian, Tudor, ranch or colonial homes, make sure the color choice doesn’t clash with your home style.


  • The Style of Your Furniture/Walls. Remember that a floor color sets the tone for the entire look of your home and will change how you experience your surroundings. While repainting the color of walls is easy, make sure the floor color goes well with your furniture and other things that are not so easy to change.


  • Selling Your Home. Always keep an eye towards the possibility of selling your home. Will your floors wow prospective buyers or turn them away? Again, trends don’t last forever, and you want to make sure you future-proof the look of your floors.

Dark and Light

Hardwood floor stains run a wide range from dark and light colors. Make sure you know the effects of dark and light on your home.

  • Dark colors. Darker floors evoke a more modern or elegant look on floors. Darker colors can also hide physical floor imperfections. However, dark floors need more maintenance since dust and scratches will show up easily.


  • Light colors. Light hardwood floors have a small advantage over darker floors since they hide scuffs and scratches better. Light floors are great for people with kids and pets. Also, lighter floors help to make rooms bigger since they reflect light.

Popular Color Choices


When it comes to current floor styles, cooler colors have been persistently popular. Ultra lights and ultra darks have been overtaking the style books, leaving behind reds and other warm colors in the dust. A compromise between the lights and darks have been grays. More natural looks are also a good option since they evoke the timelessness of hardwood floors. If you want a blend of timeless and trendy, “greige” (beige + gray) has become a popular option as well. When it comes to hardwood floors, the possibilities are endless!

Bona DriFast Stains

For a superior wood floor stain, use Bona DriFast Stains. Our stains outperform the competition and are the perfect choice to give your floors a look you’ll love!

  • Dries faster than other brands (2 hours vs. 6 hours)
  • 26 base colors that can be blended for an endless color palette
  • Low odor
  • Easy clean up and touch up
  • Can be buffed on to increase coverage

To learn more about your hardwood flooring options, check out the Colors And Styles section from our Wood Floors 101 guide. There you’ll find helpful videos and articles about everything related to hardwood floors. Check out our Inspiration page for more looks wood floor stain options to give you the floor you’ve always wanted.

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