Dark hardwood floors in Croton-on-Hudson NY 10520

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 dark hardwood flooring ebony Croton-on-Hudson NYIn Croton-on-Hudson 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 Croton-on-Hudson 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 Croton-on-Hudson 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 Croton-on-Hudson


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 Croton-on-Hudson 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 Croton-on-Hudson 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 Croton-on-Hudson NY 10520   gray maple hardwood floors in Croton-on-Hudson 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 Croton-on-Hudson New York 10520  


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

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American Walnut dark hardwood Croton-on-Hudson 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 Croton-on-Hudson 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 (10)

Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

MMMM....dark floors can add such warmth and richness to a room...great pictures as always complimented by thorough information !

Feb 08, 2013 09:37 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Sally and David - Yes, it does, and thx so much!

Feb 08, 2013 09:39 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

O.K.  I know they are popular.  I know that, since builders began installing them in model homes that buyers opt for them.


However, my lips are sealed.  I just closed a home with ebony throughout the main level. 


Feb 08, 2013 09:40 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Debbie, I just read Tom's endorsement of you. He got it all right, you are the one to call in the Westchester NY area.

Feb 08, 2013 09:42 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

LOL Lenn - Yes, they are popular, but they are not right for everyone.  I have many customers (like you) that prefer lighter colors.

Feb 08, 2013 09:43 PM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Debbie, I love the dark woods, particularly the maples and the walnuts are gorgeous.  Love it with light furniture!

Feb 08, 2013 10:32 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Debbie -

As you know my Debbie and I both really enjoy your flooring post and really keep up with your hardwood flooring information.  It looks like the next time we rip up carpet in the bedrooms we will go with darker hardwood and keep the tile in the rest of the house. 

Feb 08, 2013 10:34 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I love dark wood...I think it is a really moderrn take/look...we put in bamboo looks great!!

Feb 08, 2013 11:04 PM
Sussie Sutton
David Tracy Real Estate - Houston, TX
David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers

Here's my problem....  I like all the tint colors of the flooring in this post. When I finally put in my hardwoods I am going to be in a world of hurt trying to pick out my tint for it.

Feb 08, 2013 11:35 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I love dark wood flooring, it is really lovely with lighter furniture.  Here what is in vogue is travertine tiles that are cut with deckled edges (I don't know the proper term).  We had them in our former home and they were easy to maintain and looked beautiful with all our rugs. A

Feb 09, 2013 06:24 AM