Dark hardwood floors in Pound Ridge NY 10576

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 dark hardwood flooring ebony Pound Ridge NYIn Pound Ridge NY, 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 Pound Ridge 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 Pound Ridge NY

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 Pound Ridge


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 Pound Ridge 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 Pound Ridge NY3. 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 Pound Ridge NY 10576   gray maple hardwood floors in Pound Ridge 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 Pound Ridge New York 10576  


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

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American Walnut dark hardwood Pound Ridge NY6.  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 Pound Ridge NY and you have an interest in dark hardwood flooring, give The Flooring Girl a call at 914-937-2950.  

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Comments (14)

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Gorgeous flooring.  This is great information for anyone working to select a color.  Your descriptions really help.  Here in AZ we see fewer folks selecting darker colors as they show dust, our Arizona dust!

Best of luck and Happy Holidays.

Dec 21, 2012 09:07 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Hi Deb, love that grey stained maple flooring and the dark floors really look beautiful with lighter furniture.

Dec 21, 2012 09:08 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Debbie, I am not a fan of darker shades, but in the right setting it can be very good looking

Dec 21, 2012 09:15 AM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

I love hard wood floors in any color. In the fifties all home floorings were made with hard wood. When I see one of these homes being demoslished it takes everything in me not to go in and pull up the floors.

Dec 21, 2012 09:35 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie I did not think that I would like a dark floor, but I must say that it does look good in those pictures.

Dec 21, 2012 10:33 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Brazilian Walnut is our favorite...

Dec 21, 2012 10:57 AM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Beautiful dark hardware selections available in Pound Ridge NY Debbie. those that are interested in this flooring need to contact you for help with all their flooring needs.

Dec 21, 2012 05:31 PM
Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366 - Placerville, CA
General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage

Beautiful dark hardware selections available in Pound Ridge NY Debbie. those that are interested in this flooring need to contact you for help with all their flooring needs.

Dec 21, 2012 05:38 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Jan - Thx so much.  Yes, I can see warmer colors working better in your area.

Joanna - Yes, it's very chic

Ed - Yes, it can look awesome; others prefer light - it depends on your taste and style of home.

Sussie - Yes, I know...it's all back to hardwood now.

George - Yes, it can look outstanding.

John - Yes, it's very pretty.

Tom - It's a wonderful option in those in Pound Ridge.

Dec 21, 2012 08:16 PM
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Debbie, i like the lighter shades but i can see the dramatic difference in dark hardwoods in a white room or contemporary home that would be outstanding...you offer the choices!

Dec 21, 2012 08:32 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Debbie, a great selection of dark hardwood flooring options. Staining installed light red oak is also a good option for families who want a change to dark flooring.

Dec 21, 2012 09:45 PM
Bart Foster
Keller Williams Realty Boston - Metro - Boston, MA
Boston MA Real Estate

Debbie, thanks for the post. How about a post on best practices for staining. I'm also been a bit of a fan of Tung oiled finish and love the more natural look vs. the heavy plastic finish most urethane varnishes give. Any thoughts?

Dec 21, 2012 10:59 PM
Dave Sullivan
Real Estate One - Birmingham, MI
Michigan Realtor with an investor viewpoint

It just amazes me how many homes have carpet over beautiful hard wood floors.... 

Dec 22, 2012 12:34 AM
Hillary Sheperd
Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon - Scarsdale, NY
Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY

Debbie...what a great history and overview of so many flooring types that work well with darker stains.  Thanks for the overview and way to get featured, my Rainmaker star, you!  Enjoy and happy holiday...OH, how are you getting your maps on posts now, since the HTML tab seems to be gone now?  Let me know..



Dec 22, 2012 12:54 AM