It’s no secret that color has a tremendous impact on our emotions. The colors that surround us can make us feel happy, sad or energetic, which is why choosing the right stain color is one of the most critical factors in your stain project. But with so many colors to choose from, how do you know which one will give your wood the desired look? We’ve come up with a few tips on making this decision easier for you.
Consider the Design
Whether you’re choosing a stain color for your deck or inside your home, it’s important to consider the design and layout of the wood. Some things to consider are the exterior or interior of your home, the surrounding vegetation or what color your walls are painted. For example, if your lawn is something you take pride in, make sure the color you choose will show off your landscape - so when you stare out from the house, you are even more captivated by the space.
Consider the Light Source
Every source of light has a different color. Indoor surfaces that are near a window may be affected by both interior and exterior light sources. Exterior light can change dramatically during the day (sunset light tends to be golden, and evening light is often blush). The cause of light is an essential factor to keep in mind when choosing the color stain because it will have an impact on the stain’s appearance.
Consider the Different Types of Stains
There are countless options to choose from when it comes to staining your wood - from pigmented oil stains to varnish stains and non-grain-raising stains (NGR). The pigmented oil stains are used for slight darkening on close-grained hardwoods such as maple. Varnish stains are used primarily to finish drawers or hidden parts that may have been chipped. NGR stains are recommended for hardwood floors where oil stains would not be adequately absorbed. The different types of stains are important to keep in mind because they all leave a different look.