Wood is a completely natural product and being natural, some changes can be expected over time. Depending on the maintenance and usage, these changes in your wooden floor can be major, or minor. One of the changes expected is with the color of your natural solid wood or engineered wood flooring. So when it comes to choosing the colour of your new hardwood flooring, better keep in mind that over time this colour won’t remain the same. Of course, the change is not that general and major at all, but still, you can expect it.

The colour of your wooden floor will be most affected by natural sunlight and the exposure of the wooden surface on it, the maintenance you provide your wooden floor with, the amount of usage and wear and tear in time and some additional treatments like sanding and refinishing. For many people the changes in colour are not much of a problem, however, it is definitely a problem that some spots will change in colour more than others. It is because of the fact that many spots remain hidden under furniture pieces, utensils and rugs, while others are exposed to the sunlight all the time. This can be easily avoided by periodically moving furniture and rugs around so the amount of exposure to light can be equally distributed.

To avoid excess colour changes you can also try keeping your curtains closed as often as possible to avoid excessive exposure. Another option is finishing your wooden floor with a finish that has UV-filter protection. While such treatment might not be necessary for some rooms, it is definitely recommended for other areas that have a particularly sunny aspect or a significant number of windows.

Generally speaking, the most common wood species you can find in almost any home is oak and oak undergoes some medium colour changes over time. Walnut flooring is another staple for many houses and business premises and it changes its colour more noticeably by transforming from very dark brown to a golden brown over time. Not only the species affect the colour changing and here are some other tips and tricks on how to reduce the transformation of the colour as much as possible:

  • Most of the wood species will get a yellow-ish undertone over time and to avoid this you should choose a finish with a protective UV-filter.
  • In general, prime grade wood is better in retaining its original colour than the rustic grade.
  • Flat or satin finishes will darker for longer, while gloss and semi-gloss finishes reflect the light and appear lighter over time.
  • Generally, stained wooden flooring will retain its colour for longer than wood that is left with its natural colour. It is because the dye or stain layer are working as one more protective layer.

If you really want to minimise the colour change of your wooden floor, be sure to invest your time, energy and money by doing anything that can protect it and its colour over time.