Grain vs. Stain
If you can’t identify a food you’ve never tasted before, the clichÃ© answer is that it “tastes like chicken.”
That’s usually safe, because, depending on how it’s prepared, chicken can taste like anything.
Oak floors are a bit the same way (at least to my eye).
“Tastes Like Chicken”
I recently previewed a home with what appeared to be striking walnut floors.
In fact, they were oak, just stained darker to look like (more expensive) walnut.
Nice way to save some money ” and I’m guessing 9 out of 10 prospective Buyers can’t tell the difference (and won’t care!).
See also, “The Case of the Too-Shiny Hardwood Floors.”