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[SIZE=2]we are planning to redo our basement and had bought the costco laminate flooring in mountain oak colour a couple of weeks ago when it was on sale. The entrance to the basement has a door. This entrance is near a another small staircase (4-5 steps) leading to my living room. Now the small staircase towards the living room is in a natural birch colour (pale, unstained). The question is: Should the stairs leading down to the basement be in oak colour or natural birch colour? My first thought was to stain it the oak colour to match the basement flooring, but contractor was saying it would be better to make it a birch colour since if the basement door is open, it would not look nice to see different color stairs next to each other and normally stairs are uniformed throughout the house. So in his case, you would walk down a light color stairs and then land on a dark colour floor.What do you guys think? [/SIZE]

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