Reader Question – Brazilian Cherry


Does Brazilian Cherry get darker with age? If I have a dark cherry floor and need to refinish a large area, should I stain the newly refinished area the original color and let it darken over time to blend with the existing floor


Brazilian Cherry definitely gets darker with age. In my experience, it is not good to try to “match” the portion of the floor that has already aged because it will age, too. (and it rarely works out where it is a good match – it usually looks like you tried to match it and you missed by a shade) Eventually, the new stained floor will be darker than the original and the original can never “catch up” because it doesn’t have stain on it. It does take time, but if there is no stain on the original floor, it is best to wait for the natural aging process to take place. The only consideration I would make for staining to match is if the new area gets NO sunlight and you have an extremely experienced refinisher.

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FAQ’s about Brazilian Cherry

  • Brazilian Cherry is the most popular hardwood flooring import from Brazil
  • Known in South America as Jatoba
  • It’s known for it’s hardness and durability
  • Opened grained like oak flooring
  • Harder than oak flooring
  • It’s a great choice for homes and commercial applications
  • Sold in solid form as well as engineered
  • Sold in multiple widths including 3″ and 5″
  • Ranges in color are expected and are considered part of the beauty of the product
  • Features dark brown and black stripes with an orange or redish body
  • Brazilian cherry floors that are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified are available

Ekobe's Coconut Naturale Tile

ekobeRemember the days when your choices for flooring were carpet, wood, vinyl and tile? Then came along bamboo and cork and that was really branching out? Recently, I did a post on floors made from peach pits. Now, I am happy to have discovered tiles made from coconuts!

These tiles are from a company called Ekobe in Brazil. Ekobe translates into “life” in the TUPI GUARANI language. They pride themselves on respect for life and the environment while being a sustainable environmental solution for design and architectural products. Their mission is: Without destroying the environment, and based on 100% natural materials, to sustainable environmental pavements and surface materials, with a high degree of quality and design, allowing new creative experiences (my favorite part!) in projects that aim for originality, beauty, durability and comfort.
The tiles are designed for interior use only and can be applied on:

  • walls
  • floors (low to medium traffic)
  • furniture
  • accessories like photo frames and mirrors

In humid environments, a waterproofing sealer needs to be used. This should not be used in areas that have direct contact with water.
They can be applied to:

  • glass
  • metal
  • plastic
  • wood
  • cement
  • ceramic

It can be purchased exclusively in the United States from:

Nemo Tile

48 E. 21st Street


Here are some examples of the range of color offered in these tiles:



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