I just learned something about our home... 

Throughout our main floor, we have dark oak floors.  In one of the main rooms however, the wood is lighter, and matches the upstairs flooring.  It's a beautiful room, but it's always seemed odd that the flooring would be different.  I just learned from a former owner that the room used to have marquetry flooring. Can marquetry flooring be stained instead of inlaid?  Any thoughts or info on marquetry flooring would be appreciated, as I don't know a lot.  Thanks! 

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Well,you could stencil a floor with a contrasting color. Buy marquetry is accomplished with different color woods, like cherry or mahogany for reds, maple for the lightest color, walnut for brown, etc.

Parquet flooring (geometric pattern) is more likely than marquetry. Was the house made between about 1880 and 1920?

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