Dark hardwood floors for Westchester County

dark hardwood flooring ebony westchester NYIn Westchester NY, dark hardwood flooring is very stylish.  Many of my customers love the dark look…they even ask for Ebony.  Dark is sleek and stylish and gives your Westchester home a sophisticated look.


How do you get dark hardwood floors?  What options are there?


Most dark hardwoods are stained to make them darker.  There are many types of woods that can work.


Ebony hardwood flooring Westchester NY 105301.  The most common dark flooring is oak hardwood that is stained with a dark brown stain such as Ebony (the darkest stain) or a slightly lighter with a Jacobean or Dark Walnut stain.  Many customers who are seeking a dark stain want “pure” brown with no hints of red.  And, these 3 stains seem to achieve that goal well.  The above 2 pictures are ebony.


Minwax stain samples - ebony, jacobean, dark walnutEven if you have red oak flooring, these dark stains will drown out the inherent redness of the wood.  If you already have oak floors, your floors can be stained dark (even if they are currently light colored).  Or, if you are adding hardwood, you can either get a pre-finished oak with a dark stain, or you can get unfinished hardwood and sand and stain it on the site.  (One of the benefits to refinishing it on site is that you can test samples of it on your own wood before committing to a color).


On the left is a picture of some of the Minwax stain samples – Jacobean, ebony, red mahogany and dark walnut.  It’s important to test the colors on your actual wood as they often look different on different woods.  Also, looking at the Jacobean and Dark walnut on this chart, I can tell you that these actually tend to look much darker in real life on the real wood.  So, always test.

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Dark hardwood flooring royal mahogany westchester NYSome customers want dark floors, but they also want a bit more warmth in the color, and in those cases, often Royal Mahogany is a good stain selection.  It appears to be a combo of ebony and red mahogany.


Oak hardwood flooring tends to be less expensive vs other hardwood species as it’s more abundant here in the US. 



Below is ebony stained oak.


Ebony hardwood flooring Harrison NY


Update 4/24/16:  Earlier this year, due to the strong demand of “dark dark” floors/black floors, Duraseal introduced a new color to its line up called True Black.  Here is a picture of white oak floors using Duraseal’s True Black #199.

True Black Duraseal stain 199


Brazilian walnut westchester NY2.  Brazilian Walnut is naturally a darker wood.  In its natural state, I would call Brazilian Walnut a mid toned brown.  Brazilian Walnut has a richer smoother grain vs. oak and it has a lot more color variation.  You also have the option to add a stain to Brazilian Walnut to make it darker.


3.  Hickory flooring is another hardwood that can easily be stained darker.  Hickory is harder than oak (1800 on the Janka Scale vs. 1290 for red oak).


The above hardwoods (oak, brazilian walnut or hickory) are easy to install either as prefinished or unfinished hardwood and then stained on site to the desired color.  The following hardwoods are generally best to get pre-finished, especially for darker stain colors.  (These woods are either rare/expensive to get in an unfinished form and/or are challenging to stain on site as they come out blotchy.


4.  Maple hardwood flooring can be stained dark.  Maple is a challenging hardwood to stain due to its pores; some of the dark stains come out gray and some come out darker brown.  If you want a dark maple, I’d recommend buying a pre-finished maple.

dark maple hardwood flooring westchester NY   gray maple hardwood floors westchester NY


Shaw’s Cosmopolitan maple is a unique black hardwood with a special type of enamel.  It has a very sleek and modern look.  But, it is a distressed hardwood, so it’s not a flat surface like most hardwoods that you find in Westchester NY.

black hardwood flooring Cosmopolitan Maple westchester


5.  Some prefinished birches (left) and ash (right) come very dark…even darker than maple.

Dark birch hardwood flooring in westchester NY   exotic fusion ash westchester NY dark hardwood

Wenge dark hardwood flooring laminate6.  Wenge is a very dark hardwood and has its own unique look.  It tends to be on the more expensive side.  Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of real Wenge hardwood, but the picture to the right is a laminate version of Wenge.



Bonus tip: What to do if you have a scratch?  This is not a perfect solution, but consider buying a Minwax stain marker.  It can help camouflage your scratches, especially if you only have a few.  It comes in many colors including ebony, dark walnut, red mahogany, golden oak, provincial and cherry.  Some people will even get 2 similar colors (e.g. ebony and dark walnut) as there is color variation in the wood.


For more tips on maintaining your hardwood floors and reducing scratches, check out this article:  Maintaining your new hardwood floors – tips to prevent scratches.

You may also find these hardwood flooring articles helpful:


If you live in the Westchester County/Fairfield County area, give The Flooring girl a call at 914-937-2950 and we’d be happy to set up a free flooring consultation. (Out of state, please call 914-407-3899).

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If you live outside of Westchester County/Fairfield County, feel free to use my special link to Fast Floors to order your flooring and have them shipped directly to you.  In particular, I recommend the following brands: Somerset, Armstrong, US Floors and Coretec Plus

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My name is Debbie Gartner, and I'm known as "The Flooring Girl." I own my own flooring store called Floor Coverings International, and we serve Westchester NY and Fairfield CT counties.We install hardwood flooring, carpet, tile flooring, laminate, bamboo and cork flooring. We also refinish hardwood floors. We are a shop at home flooring store. You can call us at 914-937-2950 to schedule a free flooring consultation or email us at debbie@TheFlooringGirl.com. Let us "bring the store to your door."If you are calling outside of Westchester/Fairfield Counties, please contact us at 914-407-3899.

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18 Response Comments

    • TheFlooringGirl  July 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm

      Evan – Thank you so much! I really appreciate that.

  • Sharon Denning  November 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    Royal Mahogony does add that warm feeling. This may be a stupid question, but can you put radiant heat under hard woods?

  • Borbeth Gordon  August 14, 2015 at 1:05 am

    What do you think about Jacobean / Dark Walnut / Ebony and the illusion of shrinking space? I tend to think that Jacobean would go well with the gray walls in my 600 sq. ft. studio co-op but wonder whether that particular shade would make the space seem punishingly small.

    • TheFlooringGirl  August 14, 2015 at 7:32 pm

      Borbeth – Great question. Yes, dark can make the space look a bit smaller. It is a trade-off. Often going a bit lighter on the walls (and having good lighting) helps off set that. It’s a personal choice. And, yes, I think all of those colors look nice with gray.

  • Becky Brewer  October 8, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    What color of pre finished hardwood flooring would you recommend to get the dark brown/black color and no red or gray and no black. Thank you!

    • TheFlooringGirl  October 9, 2015 at 6:37 pm

      Becky – The naming on prefinished wood varies by manufacturer. You will need to look at the samples and see what you like. Some may be called espresso, coffee, metro brown, dark brown. The names will vary by brand. (If I were to translate to stain colors, that would be jacobean, dark walnut, antique brown, coffee brown). I hope that helps.


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