Dark hardwood floors in South Salem NY 10590

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Home Builder with The Flooring Girl

dark hardwood south salemIn South Salem 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 South Salem 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 South Salem 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 right 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 South Salem

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 South Salem NY and Lewisboro

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 South Salem 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 South Salem NY 10590   gray maple hardwood floors in South Salem NY  

   

 

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

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American Walnut dark hardwood South Salem 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 laminate7. 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 South Salem NY and you have an interest in dark hardwood flooring, give The Flooring Girl a call at 914-937-2950.  

 

Dark hardwood flooring in South Salem NY 10590

Comments (25)

Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Kathy - Thx so much.  I hope this helps your friend.

Sep 06, 2015 09:13 AM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Good Sunday evening Debbie. We have a lot of Hickory trees in our area. They can wear out a chain saw.

Sep 06, 2015 09:39 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Michael - Yes, they are pretty hard.

Sep 06, 2015 09:47 AM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Debbie.  I never heard of Wenge hardwood before.  Thanks.

Sep 06, 2015 08:50 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Conrad - You're welcome.  Yes, it's not very common as it's expensive.

Sep 06, 2015 08:55 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Debbie, You always provide good information about hardwood floors.

Sep 06, 2015 10:02 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Gita - Thank you so much.  I really appreciate that.

Sep 06, 2015 10:05 PM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Oh that ebony is just stunning! 

Your blog posts are always so interesting and your photos are fantastic.

Sep 06, 2015 10:45 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Debbie. We have the best of both world. Light wood in our primary residence and dark in our beach house. I enjoy them both.

Sep 07, 2015 12:14 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Wayne & Jean - Thx so much. I really appreciate that.

Joe - That is great, Joe.

Sep 07, 2015 12:57 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Debbie - that top floor looks like the one you did in our family room.  Absolutely stunning.

Sep 07, 2015 02:53 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Excellent and informative hardwood floor post Debbie.

Sep 07, 2015 09:48 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Grant Schneider Yes, that's yours and your photo.  Thx.

Noah - thx so much.

Sep 07, 2015 10:03 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Brazillian cherry is popular here as a dark wood floor...mmmm....

Sep 07, 2015 11:13 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Sally & David - That was really popular here 7 or 8 years ago.

Sep 08, 2015 05:47 AM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Very informative post Debbie.....no surprise though from The Flooring Girl.  My personal taste.....love the Brazilian Walnut.  Not too dark, not too light.

Sep 08, 2015 10:56 PM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Roger - Thx and yes, that Brazilian Walnut is a beautiful wood.

Sep 08, 2015 11:33 PM
Eileen Hsu
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON

Dark wood floor can look real beautiful in the right type of home.

Sep 10, 2015 05:10 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Eileen - I so agree.

Sep 10, 2015 05:23 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debbie,

Great information on dark hardwood floors.  I do like the Brazilian walnut, it is beautiful.  One of the homes one of my clients sold in Santa Barbara had mahogany floors.  It was stunning.  A

Sep 22, 2015 02:50 AM

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