Cornwall's historic residences feature Oak flooring known for its durability and warm, rich hues. Whether in permanent residences or holiday homes, the desire for a brighter, more contemporary ambience is prevalent. Let's delve into options to diminish undesired shades and reveal the innate, lighter character of Oak in homes across Cornwall.
Choosing the Ideal Finish for Cornwall's Diverse Homes
Similar to Pine floors, Oak can undergo a transformative process with the right finish. The pursuit of the perfect finish often leads to three primary options: Oil, Lacquer, or Wax.
Penetrating Oils: Mechanically applied, these oils seep into the wood, protecting it from within while preserving a natural, matte appearance. Ideal for Cornwall's homeowners valuing authenticity.
Topical Oil / Hard Wax Oil: Applied to the surface, this finish may subtly enhance the wood's colour, contributing to a lighter, natural finish that resonates with Cornwall's traditional essence.
Hybrid Oil: A blend of penetrating and surface-build oils, some water-based, these modern oils offer a balance between protection and maintaining the natural look of Oak.