Ebony Westchester NY hardwoodTechnically, Ebony is a very dense black hardwood – it is so dense that it sinks in water.  But, generally, when homeowners in Westchester County ask about Ebony hardwood, they really mean dark hardwood flooring, and usually that means oak flooring with an ebony stain.


Real ebony refers to several species of the genus Diospyros.  The most common of these are Ceylon ebony (from India and Sri Lanka), Gabon ebony (from Western Africa) and Makassar ebony (from Indonesia).  Ebony is the blackest of all known woods.  The heartwood is usually the jet black the color we see in ornamental pieces. Very dense and hard with straight to slightly interlocked grain and a very fine even texture.the Janka hardness scale, Ebony is 3220.  Generally, real ebony is not used in flooring, but rather is used in small ornamental pieces such as black piano keys, chess board pieces, cutlery as well as violin and other finger boards.  It has incredible resilience to termites.


ebony hardwood flooring westchesterFor purposes of dark hardwood floors, the most common approach for homes in Westchester is to stain the oak floors with an ebony stain.   This means that you can refinish your hardwood floors without needing to replace them.  Ebony is the darkest stain and it gives you home a modern and sleek look.  It’s chic, stylish and classy.  The darker you go with the stain, the less you see the oak graining and this is another reason that many homeowners love this look.  You can use ebony stain on other hardwood species, but it tends to work well with oak which absorbs the stain well and evenly.


For those that like dark hardwood flooring, but feel ebony is too dark, there are two other dark stains you may want to consider – Jacobean and Dark Walnut.  These are also striking, but not quite as dark.


ebony hardwood flooring westchester countyEbony and darker stains do tend to show the dirt and scratches a bit more, so you may want to consider adding an extra coat of polyurethane for some extra protection.  Also, we recommend a satin finish with ebony and dark hardwood floors.  Satin has some sheen but less than the shiny appearance of semi gloss, so it looks classier and shows the scratches less.


Minwax stain colors westchesterEbony hardwood floors tend to look great with cool toned paint colors such as ivory, grays and taupes.  Some beiges and some blues also look classy and formal.  We recommend to our customers that they test the stain color on their own floors before making the final decision on color (and we do this for our customers for no additional charge).  We recommend that they do the same with the paint colors.


dark ebony hardwood in westchester countyDark flooring is fashionable, in fact haute couture, especially in Westchester County.  In fact, it’s the most popular color, and we have a lot of requests for specifically for ebony hardwood floors.  If you’re looking for Ebony hardwood flooring for your Westchester home, give The Flooring Girl a call at 914-937-2950. (For out of state customers, please call 914-407-3899.)


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Ebony hardwood flooring – stylish and chic floors for your Westchester home


15 Response Comments

  • Lake Tapps Realtor  November 6, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Great post, Debbie and I love the color. So many are going towards that “espresso” coloring and this looks great. I love the color but if it’s off slightly from surrounding furniture it might look odd. Better go with the stainless and white like in the photos. Great!

    • TheFlooringGirl  November 7, 2012 at 1:19 am

      I’m so glad you like it, Paul. Yes, it’s always good to have a good contrast, regardless of whether that is walls, cabinets or furniture.

  • DeWayne Hess  November 7, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    Beautiful pictures of the floors. They make such a dramatic change to a room. I would imagine though you really need to be sure of the color. Can they be changed back if you choose?

    • TheFlooringGirl  November 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      DeWayne – Yes, that’s why I think it’s best to test on your floor before applying to the whole floor. We do this for our customers.

      All that aside, if you don’t like the color, yes, you can resand and change colors…but, it’s basically going through the whole process again and will cost you extra.

  • Chicagoland Pro  June 24, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Great Blog! The Ebony stain is a big trend right now. Many of our clients are asking about this color more and more.

    • TheFlooringGirl  June 28, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      So glad you are seeing the same trend. We do a lot of ebony, jacobean 50/50 blend of the two.

  • K Nelson  May 4, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    With the Ebony stain on Red Oak, does the red undertones show through

    • K Nelson  May 4, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      I am concerned about the red undertones showing through ebony stain if I pick red oak… I was told that Red Oak would show more grains versus White Oak so that is the reason I am considering choosing Red Oak… Please give me any feedback as to which way I should go

      • TheFlooringGirl  May 5, 2016 at 8:20 am

        If you are looking for as dark as possible, I would choose white oak. It is darker than red oak. Generally though with a dark stain such as ebony, you rarely see the pink undertones. White oak has plenty of graining, and personally I prefer the look of it over red oak because it has less graining and has a more modern look. White oak still has graining and tends to hide things well. It’s also a bit harder than red oak and a bit more water resilient (not waterproof at all, but does hold up better to minor bits of water).

    • TheFlooringGirl  May 5, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Generally, ebony is dark enough to cover the red undertones, but white oak tends to look a bit darker than red oak and work very well with ebony.

  • Patrick  August 23, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Very helpful site! My wife and I prefer a dark floor and want a choice that will be be good for resale. We are considering an ebony stain on a hickory floor. We were thinking of going with 65/35 ebony/true black stain. It also seems you prefer the satin finish over the matte finish. Thanks!

    • TheFlooringGirl  August 25, 2016 at 7:14 am

      Patrick – You should test it on your floors. I’m not sure how ebony and true black will mix. Ebony is semi transparent and true black is close to opaque. but, try it. I would also test ebony and 50/50 ebony/jacobean. The latter seems to be more popular in my area and generally better for resale, too. Sometimes, when it’s too dark, people get concerned about the dirt.

      Definitely satin finish!


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