The woods are dark, deep and lovely. There are several ways to achieve a dark wide plank floor, from the wood species to the color of the stains used. Wood flooring has been used for centuries in homes and spaces where people congregate, making it a truly timeless material that is not only familiar but durable enough to last for generations. Throughout the life of a wide plank floor the color tone will naturally become darker and more rich through oxidation and use. As this natural process of the wood becoming darker over time is a long process, most people don't want to wait for decades for those results.
Wide plank flooring that is dark in color tone can enhance the design style and be a dramatic element in a residential or commercial space adding an elegant and distinctive look and feel. When it comes to choosing a species or type of wood for a dark wood floor there are many ways to go about it. Woods like walnut and cherry are inherently dark and are great choices that can be finished with a clear coat or enhanced by a stain to achieve an even deeper look. Almost any sustainable or reclaimed wood can be stained with traditional colors to enhance the depth and tone of the flooring and darken the look.
Another popular option today is using a reactive stain. Reactive stains interact with the tannins and inherent properties of the wood to create a more natural look with added variation to the color and tones being achieved.
Dark wide plank wood flooring works well with a variety of design styles from traditional elegance to rustic and modern looks. Whether you are creating a space that is more traditional and mixes a variety of color platelets or a more minimal decor, dark wood floors are versatile and provide lots of options.
While dark wood floors look great there are a few possible drawbacks and things to avoid. Small spaces can become even smaller when a dark floor is used, which may not be the desired effect. Dark floors can and will show dirt and dust more than a lighter color tone and will need to be kept clean to look their best. Another consideration is that scratches and dents will be more apparent, so if you have large dogs or are hard on your floors be prepared for some wear and tear.
Stains can be used on lighter woods like pine, oak, ash and elm to achieve a darker look in a wide variety of color tones. While there are floors that are available in pre determined colors it is always possible to mix and match woods and stains to develop a custom bespoke look for any space.
Reclaimed rustic grade oak is enhanced with a dark stain to create a more consistent color tone while retaining the rustic character inherent in rustic grade oak flooring.
Smooth surface reclaimed oak flooring is made more consistent and darker using a reactive stain. Variation in color tone adds to the natural reclaimed feel of the floor.
A rare wood indeed, reclaimed antique elm is almost black when enhanced with a very dark reactive stain that shows off the long straight grain of the wood.
Traditional european white oak in wide widths and long lengths is a classic choice and soaks up the dark colors of the brown reactive stain giving the floor a slightly grey tone.
Rich and nutty tones cover the wood and provide a very natural, earthy look and feel giving this floor the appearance of being time worn and aged with warm patinas.
Already a dark floor, rustic walnut is enhanced with a slightly darker color tone to add depth and a little more consistency than its counterpart clear finished rustic walnut.
Always a popular choice, traditional walnut is finished with a clear oil and has all of the characteristics that makes walnut so great. Prized for it's rich color and beauty walnut is a true classic.
With many choices available as well as limitless custom bespoke options dark wide plank wood flooring is a staple of design, and a great choice for many spaces from modern to traditional to rustic and everything in between.