All You Need to Know About Colour Variations in Wood Flooring

Wood flooring is an excellent choice of flooring for any home; it’s durable, aesthetically pleasing, versatile and easy to maintain. It adds beauty and charm to any room in the house, whether it’s the living room or hallway. As wood is a natural product, it also offers a level of uniqueness and distinctness that you cannot get with other types of flooring. 

Although you can purchase matching wood flooring boards, almost every board will be individual and may have its own colour variation. This is a fact of buying wooden flooring for your home – each board will vary in colour from board to board. And, this variation is what adds to the character of this style of flooring.

Below, we take a look at what you need to know when it comes to colour variations in wood flooring, exploring what it is, its different causes and how you can best choose wood flooring for your home. Keep reading to learn more, and if you’d like to discover our natural wood flooring, then please get in touch with the Canadia team today. 

What is Colour Variation?

Wood flooring and colour variation go hand in hand. Essentially, it is the natural variation in colour throughout the wood. This can be caused by a variety of different factors such as the wood species, the manufacturing process, and the environment in which it is installed. 

Colour variation in wood flooring can range from being very subtle and almost invisible to being dramatic and substantial. It depends on the type of wood, finish and installation. The variation might be subtle shades of brown and grey, or bolder hues of red and yellow; there are many different possibilities. 

All in all, the variation in colour is one of the best characteristics of wood flooring. It makes every board unique, and so, gives you a completely original, distinctive look in your home. Your solid wood floor won’t look like any other you’ve seen before. 

What are the Causes of Colour Variation?

Colour variation can be caused by a myriad of different things. This includes the species of the tree, where the tree grew, the local climate, when the tree was felled, how it was sawn and dried, how long it was stored for and how well the wood accepts a stain.

Ultimately, it is normal to see variations in colour, grain and imperfections in each board of hardwood flooring. This variation is from board to board, so when you order a full floor of one colour, it’s likely that you’ll get lots of variations.

What Wood Flooring Should you Choose?

Deciding which style or type of wooden flooring to buy for your home is a big decision. Flooring is a fundamental part of the home; we see it and use it every single day, so it needs to be just right for our needs. There are many different solid wooden floors to choose from at Canadia, and it’s a matter of personal preference – whether you like a particular shade, colour, finish, pattern or grade.

As we’ve mentioned above, there are also, of course, differences in colour variations. At the lower end, a floor with a Prime grade such as the White Oak Prime Wood Block Unfinished 70mm is one that has a uniform grain pattern and appearance. It is a stunningly beautiful solid herringbone floor, but there is very little colour variation at all. So, if you desire less variation, this is a floor you should think about choosing for your home. 

At the other end of the scale, there are numerous natural wood floors with a Character/Rustic grade. These floors generally feature more colour variation, ranging from a small amount to a significant amount. The White Oak 125mm is a great example of a small amount of colour variation and several live knots. It has a warm shade, and will add warmth to any room it’s used in. 

The White Oak Tumbled Wood Block Double Smoked and White Oiled offers greater variation. It has beautiful light coloured areas within the boards, boasting plenty of character and uniqueness. It has a distressed aged look that gives the impression that it’s been used for many decades. 

Searching for Wood Floor Showrooms?

Thinking about getting natural wood flooring for your home? Want to visit a wood floor showroom in Ireland? Here at Canadia, we have a design showroom based in Dublin, which you can visit and take a walk around to explore all of our excellent flooring types and styles for your home. 

We have our comprehensive range of floors on-view in our showroom, and you’ll also be able to speak with our friendly, experienced team too. Whatever questions you have or information you would like to know, we’re always happy to help answer and discuss our requirements in more depth. 

If you would like to get in touch with us, then please email us directly at or call us on 01 461 0997. We look forward to hearing from you.

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