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  • Bethany Soelberg says

    Since you said thinner planks I would go with Tivoli or Mead. I think the warmer “browner” town is more classic with staying power over the gray-ish trends. I also love Louisiana and Lucia, but they are wider.

    And I love every little detail!! Let us live vicariously even through the good and the bad!!

  • Bonnie says

    I agree with Bethany. To oil and Mead can play well with warmer colors and with cool ones. They’re a good middle of the road option that can be easily worked into accessory color changes later.

  • Laura Murray says

    Curve ball – vote for Louisiana here! I like the variant in the wood, I feel like you might get more texture rather than an overall look? But TBH they all look rad. And even as writing this, I’m starting to vibe on moonlight…

  • Élodie says

    I might be a little late but I think Shell color amongst all of the other ones is the most “neutral” and potentially “flexible”… Not to cool (as Sunbather or Moonlinght), not too grey (Ingrid, Ficca) but not too warm either as most of the other ones. It all depends on what you prefer but I think Shell is the perfect dose of neutral with a tiny of warmth at the same time, maybe along with with Mead. So that’s seems to be a good base to play with colour, texture and so on when you’ll decorate the place 🙂

  • JULIA says

    Hello! I come here hoping to be educated because I love the look of Stuga floors and had been planning on purchasing them for our reno. But the 1.5 mm wear layer on Stuga’s very popular Ingrid is one of the thinnest on the market (although the $8.39 sf price is higher than, for example, nearly all of ADM’s 4 mm wear layer options — not to mention that ADM also offers some *really* wide planks, like 10.25 in compared to Ingrid’s less than 7.5 in). Is there something about Stuga flooring that makes it really high quality despite its exceptionally thin wear layer? Stuga says Ingrid can be sanded twice but This Old House says “Floors with a wear layer less than 2 mm can tolerate a light scuff-sanding with a buffer,” which is consistent with everything else I’ve read during my research. “You can’t refinish 2 mm” to “Maybe a light scuff-sanding with a buffer” is a far cry from Stuga’s statement that their 1.5 mm wear layer will tolerate two sandings. I have to be missing something, and I’d appreciate any light you can shed. Thank you!

  • JULIA says

    Welp, if I could delete my previous comment, I certainly would 🥴 I had apparently forgotten how to make math 🤓 Stuga’s 1/8-in wear layer is not 2 mm, it’s 3.175 mm—which is a totally acceptable wear layer and definitely able to be refinished twice. I’m an idiot and Stuga floors are as great as everyone already knows they are. Sorry about that! Pay no mind!