Medium Brown Stain On Red Oak Wood Floor

Wood Species:
Red Oak
Waterborne Polyurethane
Medium Brown

Medium Brown is one of our favorite wood stains. It’s rich and dark enough to provide nice contrast, but light enough not to show footprints and housekeeping shortcomings too much. It provides nice grain color balance.


  1. Neil Chandra 4 years ago

    Beautiful color! Great work! I love Medium Brown, and am curious to know how it compared to Bona’s Jacobean stain or the Provincial stain (which seems to be closer to Early American). Any thoughts?

    • James Alexander 4 years ago

      Thanks, Neil! Medium Brown is just a shade lighter compared to Jacobean. Provincial is a warm light-toned brown. Both can be a great choice if you don’t want to go too dark, but at the same time don’t like a natural wood color.

      • Karen Weed 6 months ago

        Love this! Thank you for this explanation on the bona Jacobean vs medium brown. Is the medium brown a dark enough shade to tone down those pink/red/salmon boards in the red oak flooring? I would assume Jacobean being darker would do the trick, but if wanting a little lighter shade would medium be a good choice? (Even without doing a pretreatment product like bona red out and Water-popping the floors?

        • James Alexander 6 months ago

          I think so. It does a good job of hiding reds without being too dark. Some floors may have more or less red than others of course.

  2. Oscar Cabrera 4 years ago

    This looks amazing. What stain are you using here for the medium brown, bona or duraseal or is this a blend? Thanks!

    • James Alexander 4 years ago

      This was a Bona Medium Brown stain.

      • Dana 3 years ago

        Can you tell me the brand of water polyurethane type and number of coats? I would like to replicate these floors and live in VA. Wish I lived in Denver to have your company do it for me. Thanks

        • James Alexander 3 years ago

          Thanks, Dana! It was top coated with 2 coats of Bona Traffic Satin finish.