Design Dilemma~ Decorating With Brazilian Cherry (Red) Hardwood Flooring After 5 years of living in our current house it is time to talk about the elephant in the room.
The red elephant that covers the whole first floor, the steps and the landing upstairs. It took me months to pick out a floor (and especially one that I knew would hide dirt and dust). And then we moved…into a home that has Brazilian cherry hardwood floors throughout the majority of the house. I kept telling myself how lucky I was to have solid hardwood flooring in this house.
I am not one of those bloggers that can rip up perfectly fine hardwood floors to replace them with a different hardwood…just because I do not like the look of them. I can’t wrap my head around that…and I’d have to find a different husband because my current one would donate me if I even attempted to replace our floors. She learns to live with them, accepts them and decorates with red floors in mind.
A quick google search and you are looking at anywhere between $5-$10 per square foot…for just the wood. So…technically this means Brazilian cherry is incredibly durable and resistant to scratches, dents, and imperfections. For the record, Brazilian cherry hardwood is more durable than red and white oak.
Does Brazilian Cherry Hardwood Flooring Change Color Sunlight causes cherry floors to change color over time. The only really way to fix this is to move your furniture around as much as possible or remove your area rugs to even out the floor color.
Everyday I can mop these floors and they will look dirty again 30 seconds later. There are times I will use my counter cleaner to do a quick clean of my floors with some paper towels. If I want a deep clean I will add some white vinegar and warm water to a bucket.
Can You Refinish and Stain Brazilian Cherry Wood What Are Stain Options for Brazilian Cherry Flooring
Brazilian cherry is a tad bit tricky especially since there are different variations in the wood color. The stains will absorb differently so always do a test before you jump in with two feet.
If you want to visually hide the red from the flooring, I’d suggest using a darker stain. But since you can’t really get the red out of Brazilian cherry flooring, you can risk your floors coming off looking pink if you do not use the correct stain.
When we first moved into this house, the walls were painted a dark brown and I just felt like I was in a cave. I also recently painted our dining room and TV room Light Blue by Farrow and Ball and the blue green paint color does really compliment my red floors.
I love area rugs for their texture but it also helped to break up some of the red. I also have a fabric ottoman in my TV room instead of a coffee table