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For my September column, I researched flooring samples that would achieve a similar look to my new floor finish.

1 For my September column, I researched flooring samples that would achieve a similar look to my new floor finish.

I arranged them on a counter in the office and labeled them with some sticky notes.

2 I arranged them on a counter in the office and labeled them with some sticky notes.

I used two sample planks of my floor finish to compare and find the closest options.

3 I used two sample planks of my floor finish to compare and find the closest options.

Then ordered them into hardwoods, engineered woods...

4 Then ordered them into hardwoods, engineered woods...

and laminates.

5 and laminates.

For hardwoods, I loved these samples (top to bottom) of European White Oak, Tudor Nostalgic with wax finish from Bois Chamois (boischamois.com), Ethereal Walnut, Chinchilla and Fables Walnut, Natural and White from T. Morton & Co. (tmorton.com) and Sterling Strip Winter White Oak from Bruce Hardwood (bruce.com)

6 For hardwoods, I loved these samples (top to bottom) of European White Oak, Tudor Nostalgic with wax finish from Bois Chamois (boischamois.com), Ethereal Walnut, Chinchilla and Fables Walnut, Natural and White from T. Morton & Co. (tmorton.com) and Sterling Strip Winter White Oak from Bruce Hardwood (bruce.com)

In engineered woods, (top to bottom) Winswept Gray Maple from Armstrong (armstrong.com), Artic Oak from Kährs (kahrs.com) and European White Oak prefinished with UV oil in White from Bois Chamois (boischamois) were my top pics.

7 In engineered woods, (top to bottom) Winswept Gray Maple from Armstrong (armstrong.com), Artic Oak from Kährs (kahrs.com) and European White Oak prefinished with UV oil in White from Bois Chamois (boischamois) were my top pics.

There were also great laminate options too.  (Top to bottom) Whitewashed Pine from Pergo (pergo.com), Premium Lustre Blizzard Pine Commercial Laminate from Armstrong (armstrong.com) and Driftwood Pine also from Pergo.

8 There were also great laminate options too. (Top to bottom) Whitewashed Pine from Pergo (pergo.com), Premium Lustre Blizzard Pine Commercial Laminate from Armstrong (armstrong.com) and Driftwood Pine also from Pergo.

I have been getting a great response to my new floor color. When I first conceived the idea of lighting the Wenge floors, many people thought I was crazy to do it, but after visiting the apartment and seeing the results, they all love the look. I know my situation is unique and not everyone has Wenge flooring but there are great options available to achieve a similar look. For those of you considering installing new flooring, here are some of the best options in hardwood, engineered wood and laminate.  I would love to see images of your own flooring transformations.

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Comments (2)

  • I love the Bois Chamois European White Oak, Tudor Nostalgic. How do you feel about using something this rustic in a space that is predominantly modern?

  • Thank you so very much for showing all these possibilities. Not all of us can afford real wood. I was pleasantly surprised to see that you included samples of laminates. Much appreciated.

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