Using Hardwood Flooring On A Stairway

Using Hardwood Flooring On A Stairway

Ideas On Matching Hardwood Flooring On Your Stairway

After you’ve spent countless month picking out your new hardwood floor, it’s time to start thinking about the hardwood stairs that you are going to be install.

The stairway you choose needs to blend into the floor and be inviting as well. Subtle things like the grain direction, perceived strength and construction, wood contour, and finish colors and textures have a big impact on the user’s perspective of quality and beauty in the finished stairway. Today we provide you with some useful information to consider as you plan your stair design.

Consider The Hardwood Floor Wood Grain

Wood grain direction is one of the strongest visual cues you have when laying out a floor into a
stairway. Our eyes love to find patterns and a soft flowing pattern of grain in a new prefinished hardwood floor. But if this leads the eye into a space where the grain direction stops and runs perpendicular to the hardwood floor, it creates an abrupt barrier that disturb the overall flow and design of the space.

The first stair tread should have a grain that runs parallel with the floor to give people an invitation to continue. Bowed and curved steps are a bit more grand and the convex shape tells the mind that the transition is soft and acceptable.

You can see how in this Birch hardwood stair treads the direct of the boards run perpendicular to the flooring, but the stairs present an interesting geometric design that sets the stage for the transition.

 Distressed Hardwood Flooring

A well installed handscraped or distressed floor is one of the best ways to give a space depth and contour and further personalize the look of your new wood flooring. The hand-scraping method you chose for your floor doesn’t have to stop when it comes to the stair treads.

Depending on your comfort level with the safety of a hand-scraped stair treads, competent stair manufacturers and installers can distress and embellish stair treads, newels and balusters so that the design flows between the hardwood floors and wood stair treads. Depending on your wood flooring manufacturer, you can order stair treads to match the flooring you have chosen, and hand-scrape them on site before or after installation. I strongly encourage designers to view samples of all pieces before installation to ensure they align.

Hardwood Flooring Color

Once you know what type of wood you are going to use for your floors – oak hardwood flooring, pine or reclaimed wood floors, you can begin to select the color.  In most cases the color you use on the floors will be similar to the color you use on the stairs – unless you have a very eclectic or exotic look in mind.  However, if you order a prefinished hardwood floor you probably don’t want to have your stair treads prefinished at the same time.  Stair components will take a lot of abuse during the installation process so finishing the stair treads on site is normally ideal.  This helps you avoid any additional expenses for repair or replacement.  Once your prefinished flooring arrives, your stair installer can develop a stain combination that will match!

Natural Hardwood Staircase Risers

Another design element to consider is whether you want the risers to match the stair treads – if you will have risers. Use natural wood as a contrast to dark wood floor stair treads.   Or use the same wood on the risers as on the treads.

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