04:16AM | 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,


01:46PM | 01/29/03
Member Since: 01/25/03
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It's just a matter of personal preference. I think a slightly different look to the wood would offer a nice contrast.


03:18AM | 01/30/03
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
I agree with saoltmann. A little intentional contrast should look good, as long as it's not extreme.


01:42PM | 02/08/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
It's a common and I think, a good thing to contrast colours and patterns. Even Mother nature does it.
White oak is more rot resistant and harder so it is more appropriate for floors and sills. Red Oak is a more interesting grainm pattern and will present itself at eye level more. How boring it would be to have all the same throughout the house!

I work a lot on vintage homes with antique heart pine. It was traditional to use the heart wood from these longleaf pines for floors cut in a vertical grain alignment and to use the sapwood cut plainsawn for trim. Same tree but completely different presentation look and efficient use of the tree.

Hardwood Guy

01:41PM | 02/10/03
Member Since: 11/30/02
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Agreed. It also depends on what may be popular in your region unless you desire to go against the trend. Here in South Florida its near 95% painted white or similar base. Few if any any real hardwoods including homes over $5 million.

Ken Fisher

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