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Katsui
Best advice for matching existing hardwood floor

We installed solid wood, prefinished Santos Mahogany (Bellawood) in the downstairs of our traditional Colonial, including the stair treads. Now we would like to install the same type of hardwood product in the upstairs area but have found that Santos Mahogany is no longer available. The closest match to the Santos is Brazilian Cherry which is very similar in color when it's new, but once aged looked almost like a dark rosewood where it had been installed on the showroom floor. I would like to go with Brazilian Teak (Cumaru), which has some reddish tones but isn't as close a match to the mahogany. Can anyone give me some advice as to how important it is to try to match as close as possible? The smallish upstairs hall, which has no natural light, is the only place that the older flooring would be adjacent to the new flooring. Also, I have no interest in "finish-in-place" flooring due to the disruption it would entail. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!:confused:

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Best advice for matching existing hardwood floor

Why worry, it was common to use expensive wood in down stairs floors where visitors would see it  and cheaper wood up stairs  where only the family roam. It was even common to use expensive wood in only the formal parlor and cheaper woods in the rest of the house. What ever you do it only needs to satisfy you.

 

Jack

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