In the past, Bill laid new oak floors in our house and we both applied three coats of tinted oil based polyurethane to them, which has warmed in color over the past 30 years. We also installed wide, recently harvested and cured boards our neighbor grew and milled in a newer outbuilding. These were bleached with lye, stained with white oil, and polished.
In this 1717 Cape house, we restored and re-painted the oldest floor boards that survived with the house. They are beautiful with and without furniture I think.
One room has original spatter paint I refurbished, which is now protected with an area rug some.
As we begin to refinish Christian's farmhouse floors, some of our past efforts will have a big influence. The new floors to be laid may be oak or hickory and the old pine floors will be sanded with four coats of oil based polyurethane applied to them all. The step-down master bedroom floor will be painted white.
Below is Christian's library which was sanded previously and looks very nice to us this lighter color. Soon it will be slightly darker, warmer in color, and well protected.