If you’re someone with a flair for the dramatic and a taste for luxury, chances are you’d be happy with the timeless beauty of hardwood floors. But not just any hardwood floors, dark hardwood floors are the uniquely beautiful floor covering that you’d be after. Traditional red oak may be classic and cozy, but to really make a statement it ‘s nearly impossible to top black or rich chocolate hardwoods. Floor Coverings International of Jupiter and West Palm Beach, FL knows hardwoods, and that’s why we’ve pulled together this list of wood species that best exemplifies the refined elegance of dark hardwood floors.

Black Palm Hardwood Floors

Black palm is a very hard and durable flooring option. While red oak, the industry standard, has a janka rating of 1290, Black Palm has a rating of 2230. It has black fibers that run through a lighter brown body, with a fine grain texture. The unique patterning of black palm makes it especially valuable and distinctive, but it is rather dear, since only the outer wood of the tree is usable. This is because Black Palm is a monocot, rather than a traditional hardwood. Other monocots include bamboo, banana, wheat, and corn.

Ebony Hardwood Floors

While ebony wood flooring tends to be incredibly expensive, it is easy to see why when you note the high quality black elegance of ebony floors. There are a number of different types of ebony, including African Ebony, Black and White Ebony, Brown Ebony, Ceylon Ebony, East Indian Ebony, Gaboon Ebony, Macassar Ebony, Mun Ebony, Pale Moon Ebony, Texas Ebony, and White Ebony. The gorgeous black wood of species such as African Ebony will run you some of the steepest prices in the flooring and woodworking industries, with costs nearly three times as high as those for exotic Rosewood. African Ebony is found throughout Equatorial Africa and is extremely hard and durable, with an astonishing Janka rating of 3080.

Ipe Hardwood Floors

More of a rich, reddish, dark brown than the blacker tones of the previous two, Ipe is a more readily available flooring material, although it is still an imported exotic wood, and thus will cost more than domestic species. Ipe is the hardest of the wood species we’ve listed, with a Janka rating of 3510, making it one of the hardest wood species available for flooring. While Ipe is more brown than black, it can have blackish brown tones in the heartwood, and it is incredibly durable and resistant to rot and insects. While its true name is Ipe, you will often hear it referred to as Brazilian Walnut, especially in the flooring industry.

There’s no getting around the fact that these natural dark woods are extremely expensive and fairly rare and hard to come by. So while we can celebrate their natural origins, the easiest and most accessible option for a regular person who wants dark wood floors, would be to go for a more common hardwood species with a dark stain. For more information on dark hardwood floors, contact Floor Coverings International of Jupiter and West Palm Beach today.