We went with a light color. Knowing it was soft pine we figured it would show the inevitable dents and gouges less.
Especially with these two.
We sold the house about three or four years after finishing the floor. At that time not only was there indentations from dog nails, but you could see lightening or wear patterns in the high traffic areas. Just something to think about with a soft wood and dark stain.
Dead on, I stand corrected. Pine is not the most ideal wood for floors for sure. The pine used back in the early 1800s is a complete different animal from today's pine as that was slow growth close grained where as today's pine is for sure not.
I will say I did not think your floor would look good painted black but that looks really great but like Blondesense said, it will more than likely show wear pretty quick. One good thing is it would be easy to touch up if needed.
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