04:17AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
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We are building a new house and I am unsure of how something will look.

We have chosen our floor which will be hard wood - white oak. It goes great with our natural hickory cabinets. This white oak is not stained.

We are going with a company that uses red oak trim/molding (it's twice the cost for white oak and we can't afford it). When I compare the red oak trim piece to the sample of the white oak floor, they look different. (Although the trim piece did not have the polyeurthane finish on it yet so it might look different after that).

We don't want to stain the trim and it wouldn't matter anyway since a stain still wouldn't be able to match a natural white oak floor.

I guess my question is - am I being ridiculous? Does it really matter if the natural oaks don't match perfectly? Do you think red oak trim would look good with white oak flooring? Maybe after the trim is polyeurthaned, it won't be as noticable.


Thanks in advance,


05:32AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/27/03
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Where is the trim going? Do you mean the baseboards? If the two woods are going to be right next to one another the difference is liable to be noticeable. Whether you find this distracting or not is your call.


09:04AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
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Yes, it will be everywhere - baseboards, around windows, etc. The only place with the white oak floors is in the kitchen and dining area. The rest of the house will be carpeted and go well with the trim. My husband thinks that I shouldn't be comparing an unfinished (no polyeurthane) piece of red oak with a finished piece of white oak. Maybe he's right.



09:32AM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/27/03
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Also keep in mind that the wood will continue to change color as it ages, especially if they are getting sun (this will definitely be true for windowsills). They may become more alike in color as this happens or they may diverge. YMMV.


04:20PM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/26/03
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you might want to get a sample of your floor along with unfinished pieces of the wall base go to your local home center a buy some small containers of stain (all you need is a rag to wipe it on) try several,try to match your floor.ASK FOR HELP go when its slow,early is best good luck


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