Dark hardwood flooring in Westchester County

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Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

 dark hardwood flooring ebony westchester countyIn Westchester County, dark hardwood floors are very stylish. Many of my customers love the dark look...they even ask for Ebony. Dark hardwood is sleek and stylish, and it gives your Westchester home a sophisticated look.

 

How do you get dark hardwood flooring?

 

Most dark hardwoods are stained to make them darker. There are many species/types of wood that can achieve this look.  

 

Ebony hardwood flooring Westchester county

1. The most common dark hardwood flooring is oak 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 walnut

Even 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 installing hardwood, you can either get a prefinished 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 hardwood 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 stains. It's important to test the colors on your actual wood as they often look different on different woods and in different homes. 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.   Dark hardwood flooring royal mahogany westchester NY

 

Some 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.  

 

Brazilian walnut westchester NY

2. 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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

dark hickory hardwood floors westchester county3. 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 prefinished, 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 prefinished maple.

dark maple hardwood flooring westchester county   gray maple hardwood floors in westchester county  

 

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 ashes (right) come very dark...even darker than maple.

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

 

 

American Walnut dark hardwood westchester county6.  American Walnut is also naturally dark.  While this wood is very pretty, unlike Brazilian Walnut, American Walnut is rather soft and tends to dent rather easily.  It also tends to darken more from the light compared to oak. 

 

 

 

Wenge dark hardwood flooring laminate

7. 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.  

 

If you live in Westchester NY and you have an interest in dark hardwood flooring, give The Flooring Girl a call at 914-937-2950.  

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John McCormack
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Debbie and I have been looking at wood flooring.  So far we really seem to be drawn to Brazilian Walnut.  We read your post and listen to your wisdom on flooring.  Suggested. 

Have a great Independence Day my friend.

Jul 04, 2012 12:45 AM #1
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John - Cool. Brazilian walnut is awesome looking.  Oh, and thx.

Jul 04, 2012 01:00 AM #2
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Joanna Cohlan
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Hi Debbie, I am so excited to get my floors stained by The Flooring Girl in a special walnut-that will make them dark without the red so that every other color in the house will really pop!

Jul 04, 2012 01:36 AM #3
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Debbie, Dark floors are very popular with the buyers. I think dust and footprints with show up very easily so it's not my personal choice.
Jul 04, 2012 02:02 AM #4
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Eileen Hsu
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I like the Brazilian walnut hardwood very much. I enjoy your hardwood floor posts, learn so much from it.

Jul 04, 2012 02:29 AM #5
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Debbie Gartner
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Joanna - Me, too...and spoken like a true decorator...that is one of the many reasons why darks/browns work so well.  (sometimes red conflict and they are limiting).

Debbie - Yes, lots of buyers love them.  You're right, they are a bit less practical, but different people have different preferences.

Eileen - Me, too.  Oh, and I'm so glad to hear that.  Thank you.

Jul 04, 2012 02:43 AM #6
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Barbara Todaro
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Good morning, Debbie.... I'm more of a light, natural wood wth no stain.... the dark woods remind me of the '70's and that passed quickly.... light woods remained in style and we couldn't sell a home with dark wood floors or dark cabinets....

Jul 14, 2012 09:10 PM #7
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Debbie Gartner
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Barbara - In our area dark is most popular, followed closely by light/natural.  The dark of today is ebony which is different than the 70's look.  Nonetheless, one of the many great things about hardwood is that you can refinish and restain it to change the color based on the trends and your personal preference. 

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Hi Debbie,

I have natural maple throughout my entire downstairs except for the family room which is a multi color of light, med and med dark red. I wanted something to blend with the maple where it butted up to it as they had discontinued the exact product. I love hardwood floors and your article is filled with a lot of great information. I am going to send the link to one of my friends as she is trying to choose the color right now so I think your article will greatly help her. Thanks.

Jul 16, 2012 01:46 PM #9
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Kristin - Excellent.  I sure hope it helps.

Jul 16, 2012 08:37 PM #10
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Donna Foerster
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Debbie~ As you describe, dark woods are sleek, stylish and sophisticated!  Great information for a reblog.

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Great post Debbie, just fwd to my client, Happy New Year.

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