Smoked or Natural Oak?

Smoked or Natural Oak?

Smoked or natural Oak is a personal preference. If you are thinking of having a new Oak floor, there are some important decisions that you will want to make. One of the most appealing things about Oak is the way that it looks. With Oak you are getting a distinctive, classic and timeless floor covering that can last a lifetime if cared for properly.  The colour of natural Oak has golden, blonde and light brown tones running throughout.  A great alternative is smoked Oak, which gives a darker, richer brown colour.


What is natural Oak?

As already mentioned, natural Oak is flooring made from Oak where the colour hasn’t been changed in any way.  You will see the natural knots and grain patterns and the golden tones mixed with light browns.

Natural Charnwood Oak Flooring

What is smoked Oak?

Smoked Oak is where the oak has been smoked to make it a richer, darker brown colour.  This is not the same as a colour stain, which is just added to the surface.

Dark Smoked Charnwood Oak Flooring

Which should I choose?

Which you decide to choose is completely up to you. Really, and most importantly, you should choose the colour that you prefer. However, you should also consider which one will match or complement your interior and soft furnishings. Both natural and smoked Oak can look amazing and will definitely transform any space into a fresh and sophisticated room.


Other considerations

There are a few other things that you will want to consider before buying your new floor.  Here are some of them:

  • Firstly, do you want solid wood or engineered wood? Engineered is much more versatile and cost effective.
  • Also, would you prefer plank style flooring or parquet block?
  • You will also need to think about the surface finish of the flooring – lacquered, oiled, hand scraped or unfinished. They all give slightly different appearances, so it’s worth having a look at them all.

For more detailed information, have a read through: 10 Things to consider when buying a hardwood floor.

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