Well, the title pretty much says it all! I ran into the house today to take a quick peek at the stain samples and snapped a pictures so I could mull over the options. We decided we want dark floors a while ago..I just love the look and even though they show more dirt and are harder to maintain, I must have them! It's pretty hard to obsess about stain samples online-the little swatch only shows you so much-so it was very exciting to see the stains on the floor. Several friends had recommended Jacobean, so that was definitely going to be thrown in there as an option, but I also really liked the colors from Sherwin Williams.
Here are all four we chose down on the floor (in addition to a color that the floor person put on there for no reason at all):
The top two are from Minwax:
The bottom two are Sherwin Williams:
I am so, so glad that I looked at the Sherwin Williams stains. I like them so much more--initially. Who knows, maybe once I stew a little I'll change my mind. I love the Ranch Oak (and the name!), but I am not sure we're committed to going quite so dark.
Here's a sneak peek at some of the rooms with the floors down...
Kitchen (no cabinets yet-but they're in boxes in the dining room!):