Oak can add warmth to a home and ease of decorating as it tends to blend rather than dominate. All varieties of oak can take color well, giving the buyer a multitude of finishes to choose from. Dark finishes on oak are becoming more popular in modern homes.
Ash also takes color well, but this floor is often selected because of its natural light tones. It can be nearly white or cream to a light tan, which can make a small room look larger.
Red oak is sold more often because of its attractive pinkish tones. White oak is harder than the red oaks and is almost impermeable to water and other liquids, making it an excellent choice for bathrooms and kitchens where spills are more likely to happen.
Both varieties of oak are dense and stiff, but provide enough shock absorption to withstand dropped pots and pans.