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Black Wood Flooring

Black wood flooring makes a very strong design statement. These are floors that have a trendsetting feel about them; they’re bold and adventurous and always provide a talking point.

When your floor can be described as being obsidian, jet, ink, charcoal, or maybe even pitch black you know that you are in the realms of the brave, showcasing a project with interest and intrigue in every surface the wood graces. It is the bold and brave, who will reap the rewards of this striking black flooring.

We have many interesting black hardwood floors to choose from in a range of designs: from classic planks, herringbone or chevron, to more intricate designs such as Parquet de Versailles, end grain, Parquet de Ardeche and checkerboard.

All of our black engineered wood flooring is crafted from the finest European oak and antique elm, with a variety of textures to choose from. Lightly brushed options give a barely-there texture that is almost smooth, while heavily brushed floors give an undulating look that looks and feels more rustic.


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What is Black Wood Flooring?

It is rare for woods to be naturally very dark; there are a few tropical woods like Panga Panga or Wenge that are very dark, but these are now endangered woods and not an option as wooden floor.

Most of our dark and black wood floors are coloured this way because of the few special techniques that we use to achieve this. Our Cheshire-based craftspeople have been honing their skills for the past decades and it is only through their handcrafting techniques that we are able to achieve these striking black and dark colours.

Probably the most well-known way to make a floor black is to stain it.

Dark pigments are applied by hand in our workshops, with air drying always permitted before applying additional coats. This takes longer than mass produced floors that are finished by machines in factories, but it is the very best way to assure that the colour is deep and even across the boards. We then finish them by hand too, again letting the oil or lacquer air dry.

Fuming is another way to darken a floor. With fuming, the wood is treated so that it darkens all the way through the board. This means that the dark colour doesn’t just sit on the top of the wear layer, it runs all the way through to the baseboard, allowing you to retain the same ‘just-bought’ colour throughout the years. You may not achieve a black that is as rich as a stain this way, but it does mean that light scratches can be disguised as you won’t see any change in colour if you were to scratch the surface.

Another technique, which is the method used for our Woodworks by Ted Todd Carbonised collection, is to char it. Our Carbonised blackened wood pays tribute to the ancient Japanese process of Shou Sugi Ban, which is the intricate process of charring wood to produce deep, silvery tones that dance across the engineered wood. The boards are then heavily brushed to remove any soot or debris, which reveals the beautiful grain pattern hiding within the wood. Our Carbonised options are then finished by hand with Restoration Oil, which soaks into the pores of the wood to protect it and give it lustre, without making it shiny.

With Carbonised, not only are the techniques that are used antique, but the wood used is also antique; we use Elm, Pine and Oak to create a flawless fusion of artistic approach and historic origins.

Our carbonised and fumed treatments keep our woods looking natural, even though they are almost jet-black wood flooring. This is what we strive to achieve – floors that look natural regardless of their design. We only work with real wood and we love to keep the woods looking as authentic as possible.

What are the best rooms to install Black Flooring?

Black wood flooring works in any number of spaces: whether large commercial spaces or for your own home.

It can create a refined, classic look, or even do the opposite and look perfectly at home in a maximalist space. One way to change the look of the floor is to decide on whether you want a matt or satin finish – matt finishes are arguably more contemporary, whereas satin finishes can look more traditional.

Other ways to change the look of your space with black hardwood flooring is to opt for oversize planks or herringbone versus smaller, narrow planks.

We’ve been involved in many projects over the years where black wood flooring has been specified.

One of our favourites is Manchester Gin, a distillery and bar in the heart of Manchester. We collaborated with Up North Architects to produce a handcrafted herringbone block, which was a bespoke twist on our Woodworks Assier floor. The careful considerations and customisations resulted in a stunning dark oak flooring that aligned seamlessly with the Manchester Gin brand.

But flooring isn’t the only way to use black wood, as Issho in Leeds proves. Collaborating with DesignLSM, a bold yet simple palette for the scheme was used, which revolved around natural materials and elements including traditional oak, natural-edge porphyry stone, marble tiles and black charred timber. The black wood used in the bar area is Augite, our Shou Sugi Ban cladding from our Carbonised portfolio.

How do you install Black Hardwood Floors?

Installation of black wood flooring depends on the construction and design. Wood planks can be installed in most places but engineered hardwood flooring is more forgiving than solid wood flooring when it comes to areas that may have moisture (such as bathrooms), and in older homes. This is because they are constructed from multiple layers of hardwood, making them more durable and water resistant.

Wood flooring can be installed anywhere throughout your space – there’s various installation methods that you can use, which depend on the type of sub-floor you have; installing such is a complex process so it’s important to speak to an expert. You can also view our installation guides here.

How do you clean and maintain Black Hardwood Floors?

Cleaning your black wood floor depends on which finish it has. Regardless, caring for your engineered wood flooring couldn’t be easier.

If you have a finish that sits on the surface of the wood, such as hardened oil, UV oil, matt lacquer, satin lacquer, or naked skin lacquer, then you’ll need to use Care System 1.

Alternatively, if you have a finish that soaks into the pores of the wood, such as burnished hardwax oil or restoration oil, then you’ll need Care System 2.

Both of our Care Systems include Ted Todd approved cleaners that can be used without the worry of stripping the finish off the floor.

Being able to care for your floor throughout the years, meaning it is unphased by scratches and blemishes throughout the years, gives real wood a massive advantage over laminate flooring and other such alternatives, like vinyl floor.

Get your free samples

Ordering a free sample of any of our black wood flooring is the best place to start your Ted Todd journey – simply select the three floors that most catch your eye, enter your details, and we’ll ship out your samples quickly, so that you can get on with the all-important decision making…