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White Oak #2 common 3 1/4" floors - MinWax stains from left to right: 1) 1/2 Provencial and 1/2 Special Walnut - 2) Provencial - 3) Special Walnut - 4) Dark Walnut - We chose Dark Walnut

I like dark walnut White Oak common 3 floors - MinWax stains from left to right: Provencial and Special Walnut - Provencial - Special Walnut - Dark Walnut - We chose Dark Walnut

Minwax floor stains for White Oak flooring: far left, just polyurethane; second from left, Gray; middle, weathered oak; second from right, special walnut; far right, dark walnut

Minwax floor stains for White Oak flooring: far left, just polyurethane; second from left, Gray; middle, weathered oak; second from right, special walnut; far right, dark walnut

DuraSeal test stain on red oak: From left to right 1) 50/50 Jacobean/Dark Walnut, 2) Dark Walnut, 3) Jacobean, 4)Ebony, 5) 50/50 Jacobean/Ebony.  I was worried about going too light but ended up choosing Dark Walnut-2 in a satin finish--not too shiny and hides footprints rather than highlight them like glossy finishes can do.It feels as dark as I wanted. It is a very rich, warm color that allows the wood grain to show and doesn't feel cold like I was worried some of the more black colors…

DuraSeal test stain on red oak: From left to right Jacobean/Dark Walnut, Dark Walnut, Jacobean, Jacobean/Ebony. I was worried about going too light but ended up choosing Dark in a satin fin .

Minwax floor stain test on Red Oak floors in natural light: Special Walnut, Golden Oak, Dark Walnut, Weathered Oak, Classic Gray and English Chestnut

LOVE the Classic Gray! Minwax floor stain test on Red Oak floors in natural light: Special Walnut, Golden Oak, Dark Walnut, Weathered Oak, Classic Gray and English Chestnut

On Red Oak: Cherry - Natural - Special Walnut - Provincial  Golden Oak - Early American - Honey

Minwax stains: Cherry - Natural - Special Walnut - Provincial - Golden Oak - Early American - Honey In the upper right you can see the previous floor color, with a small sample of Golden Oak next to it.

Choosing hardwood floor stain for our home. From left to right: special walnut, dark walnut, medium brown, custom mix: 1 part ebony/ 6 parts natural, custom mix: 1 part ebony/ 6 parts natural/ one part special walnut. (All duraseal except bona for mixes #4 and 5)

Choosing hardwood floor stain for our home. From left to right: special walnut, dark walnut, medium brown, custom mix: 1 part ebony/ 6 parts natural, .

Bottom left:  Provincial, Top left:  special walnut, middle:  antique brown, Right:  rosewood. All minwax duraseal stains. Flooring is red oak.

Bottom left: Provincial, Top left: special walnut, middle: antique brown, Right: rosewood. All minwax duraseal stains. Flooring is red oak.

Minwax "Special Walnut" stain on oak hardwood floors

Oak, meet Special Walnut

special walnut white oak - but this looks a lot lighter than the other SW on white oak pics i've pinned

Minwax Color Guide. Stain samples on a white oak floor. From top: Jacobean, Ebony, Dark Walnut, 50/50 Jacobean and Ebony, 50/50 Jacobean and Dark Walnut, and English Chestnut at the bottom. We went with 50/50 Jacobean and Dark Walnut and love it! It's hard to describe colors, but if I worked for Miniwax Color Naming Dept., I would call it Pecan.

Minwax Color Guide. Stain samples on a white oak floor. From top: Jacobean, Ebony, Dark Walnut, 50/50 Jacobean and Ebony, 50/50 Jacobean and Dark Walnut, and English Chestnut at the bottom. We went with 50/50 Jacobean and Dark Walnut and love it! It's hard to describe colors, but if I worked for Miniwax Color Naming Dept., I would call it Pecan.

Dark oak floors: Minwax Espresso (75%) and Ebony (25%) on white oak select.

Deep and rich Dark oak floors: Minwax Espresso and Ebony on white oak select.

We had ours done in Jacobean by Minwax. Our flooring guy tried so hard to talk us out of it, fearing we wouldn't like how dark it might end up on white oak hard wood. When we insisted on it and he was done, he told us he was blown away by the color and would recommend it going forward. It's just the right dark brown, no red and no black….rich and warm but still reflective of light!

Which Hardwood Floor is the Most Timeless

We had ours done in Jacobean by Minwax. Our flooring guy tried so hard to talk us out of it, fearing we wouldn't like how dark it might end up on white oak hard wood. When we insisted on it and he was done, he told us he was blown away by the color and would recommend it going forward. It's just the right dark brown, no red and no black….rich and warm but still reflective of light!