Refinishing banisters and floors
Holly M
June 13, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I am thinking about refinishing the hardwood floors and banisters in my house. They are both very light and I'd prefer them to be darker. My question is: should the banister be the same color as the floors, or should it be darker? What's the "norm"? Thanks!
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marthafish
I think it would look fine either way.
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Oak & Broad
I would match them. Jacobean is a very current darker stain.
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mefor
Darker looks very up to date. Match them
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0825sam
What color are the spindles on your staircase? Another option is to do a painted black and white staircase and not worry about matching to the floor. But I agree darker floors and match them if you keep the wood of the banister.
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Holly M
Here are a couple of pictures. The spindles are white. The banister is even lighter-looking in person. I don't want to go super-dark, but I want to warm it up some.
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mefor
Darker would look great, you don't have to go too dark if you're not comfortable, walnut or special walnut would be a little lighter than jacobean
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mefor
Or provincial or chestnut
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mefor
Here's a picture
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0825sam
This is Jacobean and in the comments the designer says it's darker in real life. I like the special walnut as well.

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mefor
Meant English chestnut, here's another image with that color included
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Holly M
sam0705 - That picture is gorgeous! I'm not sure I would want to go any darker than how that looks, though. Maybe Special Walnut would be perfect....looks related but a little lighter. mforr - Thanks for the color chart!
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Oak & Broad
such good advice :-) !
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Holly M
It turns out that I would need a painter rather than a hardwood floor refinisher to do the banister. The quote blew me away....about $2300!! Ouch! I may just have to live with the dark color for now.
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