Dark hardwood floors in Mamaroneck NY 10543

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 dark hardwood flooring ebony Mamaroneck NYIn Mamaroneck 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 Mamaroneck 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 Mamaroneck 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 Mamaroneck


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 Mamaroneck 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 Mamaroneck 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 Mamaroneck NY 10543   gray maple hardwood floors in Mamaroneck 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 Mamaroneck New York 10543  


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

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

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Janelle Ancillotti
Seneca Home Staging - Syracuse, NY
HSR Certified Home Stager, Syracuse, NY

I love the look of dark wood floors. So many times I see listings in my area that say "hardwood floors throughout", but they're just the standard oak floors you see all the time. If buyers saw a home with one of these floors, I'm sure they would fall in love at first sight.

May 04, 2013 10:36 PM #1
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Debbie, The darker the better some people go for it, that is until it is cleaning time. I am hearing clients complain about dust and everything even dirt showing up on the darkest floors. They are regretting their decision.

May 04, 2013 10:38 PM #2
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Janelle - thx so much.  Yes, they are so sylish for the New York area.

Debbie - Yes, some do, but most love dark as it hides the oak graining more.

May 04, 2013 10:40 PM #3
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

The flooring that is displayed in far too many new home models today is the engineered dark (ebony) woods.

Ugly, ugly, ugly.  Of course, that's just my opinion and when I had buyers select that flooring last November, my mouth was shut.

I for one do not believe that this fad will last.  It's just too dang depressing.

May 04, 2013 10:45 PM #4
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Debbie,

I have been checking out the different styles and colors of flooring for my home. I don't care for the really dark flooring. It almost looks dirty to me.

I think I will stay with a honey Oak or similar look. I do lie the Mahogany though.

Have a great day in New York.

Best, Clint McKie

May 04, 2013 10:50 PM #5
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Lenn - I'm not a big fan of engineered hardwood (when you have the opportunity to do solid).  One of the great things about solid hardwood is that you can easily sand & refinish and change the color as either style change or new homeowners come in with different taste.

May 04, 2013 10:51 PM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debbie - you're right about the dramatic appeal of dark hardwood floors but I do wonder about the long-lasting appeal.   Your comment to Lenn makes a lot of sense that(when using solid hardwood) you can change as fads come and go.   You've packed a lot of great information into this post.   Have a great Sunday!

May 04, 2013 11:16 PM #7
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Personally, I really love dark hardwood flooring! I know many people don't.............

May 05, 2013 01:09 AM #8
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