Moldings: You’re doing it wrong
One of the greatest challenges in the hardwood flooring industry is supplying customers with trim moldings that color match to the finished flooring.
Here are a few suggestions that might help you minimize the overall color difference between trim moldings and the finished wood floor:
First: It is important to understand that you are not trying to color match anything! The objective is to color blend the flooring to the molding, not the other way around.
Second: You’re going to be working out of 3 to 5 boxes of flooring at a time in order to randomly blend the different (natural) color shades of the flooring throughout the installation. With that in mind, before you begin installing, layout your transition moldings in their appropriate locations and select flooring boards that give you the best overall color blend to your molding.
Take the time during your initial consultation to explain to your customer that wood flooring boards, which make-up the entire floor, come in many natural shade variations. The same is true with trim moldings. By blending your flooring gradually into the color shade of your trim moldings you will achieve a much better looking transition, and a much happier customer.