Choosing a Hardwood or Laminate Floor | Flooring Help from Brucewood Species. Your selection of a hardwood floor begins with the wood species. The species determines a floor's appearance and its durability. Each wood species has a unique look that's defined by its graining and other character marks like mineral streaks, burls, pin ... Color. The color of your hardwood floor is based on the wood species and the stain applied to the wood. Staining adds color to enhance the natural look of the wood and reduce the amount of natural color variations.