Laurie March, HGTV Remodels' House Counselor, talks about how to match colors & stain with white oak.
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My husband and I cut down some 100+ year old White Oak trees that I used to play in as a child and are having the logs processed into flooring and siding for the cathedral ceiling of a 28x30' room above our garage. How do we go about choosing the right stain
color and making it work with wall colors. Do certain colors go better together? Maria M WI
What an amazing project! Its just awesome that you're using resources and materials you already have to create a new feature in your home
- especially when its something you're emotionally connected to. And aside from being special to you - this project will definitely make your home unique and give it a story that can be told long after you! By the way - with all the love and attention you're
giving to this space, I promptly suggest we rename this magical room the 'carriage room' - not the room over the garage. Sounds so much foxier!
White oak is a beautiful wood. Since you're going to be using it on the ceilings as well as the floors in a pretty large room - I wouldn't
suggest going with too dark of a stain. A lighter stain color will highlight the age of the material and will show off its unique character. It doesn't have to be a yellowy blonde color if that's not what you're into. You could explore just a clear coat too
- to seal the wood against moisture - if you like the look of it in its natural state. It also doesn't have to be a glossy finish - if you're going for a more rustic vibe in the carriage room - consider using a matte finish on your protective coat to honor
the age of the wood.
The stain on the floors and the walls don't have to match- they just need to be colors that play nice together. If you want to keep them
all the same color - I'd explore lighter tones that you'll love forever - nothing too dark that you might feel stressed about later on down the line and feel compelled to sand down and lighten up - or- sacriledge! Paint white... (shudder)
That said, it could be beautiful to have your boards that comprise the walls and ceiling stained in the lightest color, or just clear coated,
and then for a rich and interesting look - stain the floor boards in a warmer, darker tone. It'll hide all sins of foot traffic and wear! Besides - your guests will mostly be standing up and admiring your fabulous wood accents - not laying on the floor -
so a lighter stain at eye level will help them admire your new magical room!