I must admit, I have light colors, but fortunately life is full of contrasts, and what you like today may not like it so much tomorrow. So, I leave this list here.

Not all dark wood species will be there, there are thousands of types, although the most popular and significant ones are. To see other people, visit our encyclopedia of wood.

Dark wood species

Ebony. This is arguably the most prominent species on this list. It is not dark, it is black wood. It is of African origin, has been used mainly in the manufacture of quality furniture or joinery (it gives the name to this profession) and is currently very limited because it is an endangered species.

Wenge or wenge. It is also made of African wood. Initially, its hue is lighter, but it oxidizes quickly when in contact with air. The result is a vein with great contrasts as it presents some coppery tones. It is mainly used in the manufacture of furniture and wood veneers.

American or black walnut. There are different species of nuts, the native of the American continent being significantly darker than the European. It is a chocolate colored wood, of excellent quality and high price. It is also used for all types of indoor furniture.

Jatoba. You have brown and reddish tones that darken over time. Its main use is the manufacture of pallets due to its great resistance.

Lapacho or Ipe. It is one of the hardest woods that exists, although it is not as hard as the quebracho that we will see below. It is dark brown and is used thanks to its resistance to exterior elements: floors, coverings and even furniture. It is the preferred option of many looking for a natural wooden deck that will last for many years.

Quebracho. It is the inner part of the trunk that has a more intense and dark reddish color, which also darkens with time and the action of sunlight. There are different species, all of them in Latin America. Its uses have been on platforms, fences, poles or even railway sleepers.

By the Saint. It is a wood with brown, black and even olive green tones. It is very dense and is used for furniture, carving and turning, construction and flooring.

Black Granadillo. This species is relatively unknown, at least outside its natural environment. It is very dense and has really dark and black tones. Its use is very limited to small handicraft works, highlighting the manufacture of castanets.

Paints and varnishes to darken

Some of the woods we discussed have high prices or are even endangered species. For this reason, it is customary to use paints and / or varnishes to change the color of some woods and to darken them.

Perhaps one of the most used woods for this purpose is oak. A wood of great quality and aesthetics at an average price. The result is usually very good.

If what we are looking for is real and totally black woods, we will have to resort to paint and melamine.

Decoration and recommendations for use

The dark colors have a great weight in any decoration, and if we abuse the result we may not like it. The same is not true of light tones.

The ideas that many decoration experts have on the use of dark woods revolve around two concepts:

  • lighting. It must be abundant, especially around the dark elements. We must avoid the “dungeon” effect.
  • Contrast against light elements. I am not referring to the service vessel, but to elements of greater weight, such as furniture, floors or walls. White is a wildcard, although in this case it can be excessive, especially if it is bright. I think the result is better with cream, sand or even gray colors.