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How to tone down orange wood floors

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How to tone down orange wood floors

When you install new floors, you probably hope that you will not have to think of them further and simply enjoy indefinitely, the beauty and allure of your wood floors.

As fate would have it, that is not the case. As the years go by, your floors will change color and at times this change is unwelcome. 

Wood is a natural organic material which means it is not only impacted by the external world but also intrinsically by its own biology.

Wooden items, depending on both the kind of wood and the conditions around them, deteriorate with time and although this deterioration takes a very long time, eventually it does happen. 

Some species such as walnut become lighter over time while some others such as cherry will acquire a darker hue.

Depending on your preferences, some of these changes could actually become preferable to the original. In most instances, however, the opposite is true.

Oak wood floors are most likely to turn an orange hue which can be too flashy particularly because oak is largely purchased for its light to reddish-brown color. Orange just won’t do. 

Why do wood floors turn orange?

Wood is highly photosensitive and as long as there is light falling on it, it will react with light rays and change color either becoming lighter or darker depending on the species.

UV light does the most damage, although visible light and infrared light also make an impact on the color of the wood.

How to tone down orange wood floors

  • Sanding and refinishing

If you cannot stand the orange color, sanding down the floors to eliminate the top-colored layer, and refinishing it with a UV-resistant finish is an option.

If you would like to restore the original color then you may finish with a neutral coat but you now have the option to go with a different color altogether. 

This is, however, not easy to do and it will take the help of a professional craftsman to get it done well.

It is also going to cost you quite the sum to execute. Sanding and refinishing afresh will give you a longer-lasting solution because it will take years before your floors change color enough to necessitate this kind of intervention again.

  • Staining

Orange wood is a particularly strong color and easily overwhelms the room. Luckily, wood takes quite well to paints and stains. The real puzzle here is picking a stain or wood paint that can completely alter the look of your floors without clashing with the rest of the decor in the room. 

If the intention is to tone down the orange and steer the color back to its previous lighter appearance, neutral colors such as beige and very light yellows do an amazing job at neutralizing the sharp orange.

If you are looking for a complete overhaul, a darker shade could be an option such as charcoal grey which has undertones of blue that will make remarkably dark floors.

If you choose to stain, reach out to a professional since different colors may need different strategies to apply correctly.

If not, then try sampling different colors on smaller patches of the floor and observe how the patches behave in subsequent days before committing to any color.

  • Lighting

Lighting significantly affects how things appear and wood floors are no exception. The kind of lighting you choose significantly affects how you perceive everything in the house. A simple change can greatly improve the sharp flashy appearance of orange wood floors toning them down. 

It is often the practice to tone down orange with red or yellow. Sometimes this may work but sometimes it may end up making a room too warm and busy since both yellow and red are bright and warm colors. You could try changing your lighting to duller colors such as blue or gray. 

Some bulbs come with such an array of colors, some numbering up to a million different shades. Without question, such bulbs could be an inexpensive but very effective way to tone down the harsh orange wood floors below.

With such a range of color options, you could even find you have completely new decor ideas that your wood floors supplement.

  • Carpeting

The entire floor appearing orange can be unsettling and distracting. It may not be that much of a problem anymore if only portions of the floor were immediately visible.

Everyone can appreciate the luxury of a good carpet and in this case, it can provide utility. 

Place carpeting on your floor to cover certain portions or all of your floor to tone down the brightness of the orange.

With carpeting, you also have the chance to give your home a new aesthetic without interfering with the flooring itself. 

Strong blue shades could bring a cooling aspect to the appeal of your room and create a lovely contrast against the orange floors.

Experiment with different colors and even textures that could even out the feel of the room.

  • Furniture

Your furniture is a crucial aspect of what your house looks like. You likely installed the wood floors to collate with your furniture and with the floors turning orange, your furniture may look out of place and poorly coordinated. 

Change out your furniture or incorporate some new pieces that compliment your floors. A change of drapes, paintings, or a couch could dramatically alter the overall look of your house.

Unlike traditionally when color and design were fairly rigid, today color blocking is a stylish concept.

Incorporate a dull orange change of cushions and vases or a very light beige dining area. A change of furniture should help tone down your orange floors.

  • Paint walls to create a neutral backdrop

Repainting the walls is quite possibly the most effective way to deal with orange wood floors without actually interfering with the floors themselves.

A neutral repose grey on the walls or a soft navy blue with white beige edges would make an excellent backdrop for the orange below. 

Work with a color card to pick a color that pleases you. A change of wall color is an effective way to tone down orange floors.

 

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