A dark floor can create a cosy, luxurious space. It’s also a great way of hiding marks in high traffic areas. And if you choose vinyl, it will be easy to keep clean too.
But if you’re looking for a darker shade of vinyl, the choice out there can be overwhelming. The good news is, we’re here to help!
We’re going to take a look at ten of the best dark vinyl flooring options out there. And we’ll summarise their good points, as well as any drawbacks you need to know about. So let’s get started!
The Best Dark Vinyl Flooring Options on the Market
1. Selkirk Vinyl Plank Flooring, Still Water
If you’re looking for vinyl flooring with the appearance of real wood, check out this design from Selkirk. Here, the vinyl comes in the form of solid planks, helping create the classic look of traditional wooden floorboards.
Each plank measures 48 inches long by 72 inches wide. You’ll get enough in each pack to cover an area of 24 square feet.
The color, Still Water, is a mid gray that will look equally good in classic or contemporary interiors. And the flooring is easy to keep clean, with a scratch and scuff-resistant wear layer. It’s waterproof too.
Each plank has beveled edges, so they simply click together. The flooring can be installed over pretty much any existing hard surface. And it comes with a 15-year warranty for domestic use, and 5 years for light commercial settings.
Do make sure you check the delivery as soon as you get it. We’ve heard of instances where planks have arrived with damaged edges.
And order a sample to check the color before you buy. If you’re viewing online, it can be difficult to know exactly what you’re getting.
- Attractive mid-gray tones look good in both contemporary and classic interiors
- Clicks together for easy installation
- Comes with a 15-year limited warranty for domestic use
- Check contents on delivery – there have been occasions where planks have arrived damaged
- The color can be difficult to gauge with online viewing, so order a sample before you buy.
2. Achim Home Furnishings Tivoli Vinyl Plank Flooring, Mahogany
Achim’s Tivoli range of vinyl plank flooring is practical and inexpensive. And if you’re looking for a darker shade, the mahogany color is just the ticket.
The vinyl again comes in the form of planks, but in this case, they’re glued into place. Adhesive is already applied to the rear, so you just peel off the protective backing and press each plank into position. It’s very easy to do.
Each plank measures 36 inches long by 6 inches wide. You’ll get 10 in a box, which will cover an area of 15 square feet.
The 2 millimeter depth is pretty decent for this type of flooring. But you will need to ensure your sub-floor is clean and level before installation. If there are any imperfections, they’ll show through the vinyl.
One thing to be aware of is that the product contains DEHP. This is a phthalate that’s been linked to various reproductive and other diseases in humans, including cancer.
This is good looking flooring, and great value for money. But it won’t be the right choice if you’re worried about chemicals in your home.
- Attractive wood grain design and deep mahogany color
- Self-adhesive for easy installation
- Very cost effective
- Contains DEHP, which has been linked to serious health problems
- Relatively thin, so it will show up any imperfections in your sub-floor.
3. Dotfloor Vinyl Plank Flooring, Dark Brown
This vinyl plank flooring from Dotfloor is another design that mimics real wood. If you’re looking for a darker surface, dark brown is the option to choose.
Each plank measures 48 by 6.7 inches and is 4.5 millimeters thick. That depth includes a 1-millimeter layer of IXPE, designed to improve installation and reduce sound transmission. And there’s an AC4 layer to increase resilience against wear and tear.
Each box contains 40 planks, giving coverage of 30.9 square feet. Installation is done using the click-and-lock system, so it’s very easy. And it’s fairly forgiving of minor imperfections in your sub-floor.
But you will need to check the product carefully when it arrives. The beveled edges can all too easily be damaged in transit. And because a box of flooring weighs about 60 pounds, returning it will be expensive.
- Includes integrated layer of IXPE underlay for reduced sound transmission and better insulation
- AC4 layer provides good resilience to wear and tear
- The click-and-lock design makes installation easy
- The beveled edges can be easily damaged during transit …
- … and if you need to return a box, the weight will make it expensive.
4. Achim Home Furnishings Nexus Floor Tiles, Charcoal Gray
If you prefer tiles to planks, but still want the look of wood, consider this option from Achim Home Furnishings. They’re tiles designed to look like wooden parquet flooring, and they come in a smart mid-gray tone.
Each tile measures 12 inches square. One box contains 20 tiles, giving coverage of 20 square feet. They’re easy to install – just peel off the protective backing paper and press them in place. You won’t need any extra glue, so there’s no mess.
Note that this is another product that contains the phthalate DEHP. Note that there are different opinions on the levels of the chemicals that lead to health problems.
If you’re prepared to take the risk, this is attractive, low-cost flooring that’s easy to install and reasonably hard wearing. But if you’re looking for a long-term flooring solution and don’t want to risk compromising air quality, there are better choices.
- Attractive design mimics wooden parquet flooring
- Very easy to install – just peel off the backing paper and stick in place
- Very cost effective
- Too thin to hide any imperfections in your sub-floor
- Contains DEHP, which has been linked to health harms.
5. Lucida USA Vinyl Plank Flooring, Nero
Lucida USA makes a number of different ranges of vinyl plank flooring. This design comes from its BaseCore range, which is the least expensive on offer. But it’s still not a budget option.
The planks are the peel-and-stick variety. While at 2 millimeters they’re thicker than some others of this type, they’re still thinner than click-and-lock options. That means you’ll need to prepare your sub-floor carefully to avoid any flaws showing through.
The construction is good quality, though, with a solid core and integrated IXPE underlay to reduce sound transmission. And there’s a 12-mil wear layer and two coats of urethane to ensure it stands up to wear and tear. That’s reflected in the 10-year warranty.
The striking black color way has a subtle woodgrain effect, giving the appearance of painted floorboards. Each plank is 6 inches wide and 36 inches long, and one pack gives coverage of 54 square feet.
- Good quality multi-layer construction
- Integrated IXPE underlay reduces sound transmission and improves insulation
- Comes with a 10-year warranty
- Relatively expensive when compared to some other brands – but you’re paying for quality
- You’ll need to prepare your sub-floor carefully to ensure you get a smooth finish.
6. Achim Home Furnishings Nexus Vinyl Tiles, Marble Black
This is the second tile from Achim Home Furnishing’s Nexus range to make our list. And if you love the luxurious look of marble, it’s definitely one to consider. This is printed with a black marble design, with subtle white veining.
It has a striking high gloss finish, with no wax. Each tile is a foot square, and you’ll get 20 in pack. They come with a 5-year limited warranty.
They’re very easy to install, with self-adhesive backs. Just remove the backing paper and press them into place. Just take the time to prepare your sub-floor first. They’re only 1.2 millimeters thick, so you’ll need to install them on a smooth, level surface.
The main drawback here is the same as with the other offerings from Achim Home Furnishings – they contain DHPE. If you’re worried about the potential for it to contaminate the air in your home, these won’t be for you.
- Striking high gloss finish
- Very easy to install – just peel and stick in place
- Comes with a 5-year limited warranty
- Contains DEHP, which has been linked to cancer and reproductive diseases
- They’re only 1.2 millimeters thick, so will need to be installed on a perfectly smooth surface.
7. Alow Vinyl Floor Tiles, Wood Block
Alow’s vinyl flooring uses 12-inch square tiles to mimic wooden block floors. The mid-brown is an attractive choice that will blend into most interior design schemes.
They have self-adhesive backs, so installation is very straight forward. And with each tile measuring one square foot exactly, it’s easy to work out how many you’ll need.
As with most other vinyl tiles, these aren’t very thick – just 1.2 millimeters. Take the time to prepare your sub-floor so that there are no lumps and bumps before you begin installation.
- Peel-and-stick design for easy installation
- Lightly textured surface makes it less slippery if there are spills
- Easy to keep clean
- Each tile is just 1.2 millimeters deep, so you’ll need to install them on a smooth surface
- Not quite as resilient as thicker vinyl plank flooring.
8. MS International Vinyl Plank Flooring, Burnside Brown
MS International’s vinyl plank flooring comes in a realistic wood effect, with a wide range of different colors. For a dark floor, we love Burnside Brown. It’s a rich, deep red-brown hue that would look at home in a luxury spa.
One pack gives coverage of 36 square feet, with each plank measuring 6 by 48 inches. It’s thicker than some other glue-down options, at 2 millimeters.
It comes with an impressive 25-year warranty for domestic use. That reduces to 6 years for light wear in a commercial setting.
The flooring can be installed above grade, on grade or below grade. But you will need to apply your own glue for this one – the backs aren’t self-adhesive. On the plus side, that does give you the ability to choose an adhesive specifically formulated for your sub-floor material.
- Rich, deep color and realistic woodgrain pattern
- Can be installed above grade, on grade or below grade
- Comes with a 25-year warranty for domestic use and 6 years for light commercial use
- Not self-adhesive, so you’ll need to buy and apply your own glue
- There are cheaper options out there, but this is good quality flooring.
9. CO-Z Vinyl Plank Flooring, Cherry (Our Top Pick)
If you prefer your glue-down vinyl plank flooring to be self-adhesive, this product from CO-Z is well worth a look.
The rich, dark cherry finish looks gorgeous, and there’s a subtle and realistic wood grain print.
The peel-and-stick design couldn’t be easier to install. The glue is strong enough to bond firmly after 3 minutes. But until then, you’ll be able to lift and reposition the planks as desired.
Each plank measures 6 by 36 inches, with one pack covering an area of 24 square feet. They’re 2 millimeters thick, so a good depth for glue-down flooring. And that includes a 0.15-millimeter wear layer.
- Rich, deep cherry color, with realistic wood grain pattern
- Very easy to install, with peel-and-stick design
- Includes a 0.15-millimeter wear layer
- You may need extra adhesive if installing on any vertical surfaces
- You’ll need a smooth sub-floor to get a perfect finish.
10. Livelynine Vinyl Floor Tiles, Marble Black
Livelynine’s vinyl floor tiles are a great choice for those looking for a marble floor without the price tag! The white veining and mid-gloss finish create a dramatic appearance. If you want your floor to cut a dash, these could be for you.
Each pack contains 16 tiles, each of which measures 12 inches by 12 inches. They use the peel-and-stick design, so you don’t need to be a DIY expert to install them. And you won’t need any extra glue either.
You will, though, need your sub-floor to be in good condition. At a little under 1.4 millimeters thick, they won’t be able to disguise any imperfections underneath.
And check the package on delivery too. We’ve heard of a number of cases where the corners of some tiles have been chipped on arrival.
- Dramatic design of black marble with white veining
- Self-adhesive for simple installation
- Each tile measures 1 square foot, making it easy to calculate quantities and plan your floor
- Relatively thin, so you’ll need your sub-floor to be clean and smooth before installation
- Check the package on delivery – we’ve heard of a number of cases where tiles have arrived with damaged corners.
Ready to choose your dark vinyl flooring?
That brings us to the end of our tour of ten of the best dark vinyl flooring options out there. We hope we’ve inspired you in your search. Perhaps you’ve even found the perfect choice for your home!
Our top pick is CO-Z’s vinyl plank flooring. We love the rich, luxurious cherry finish. And the multi-layer construction and peel-and-stick design make it both hard-wearing and easy to install.
But whichever vinyl flooring is right for you, we hope you’re soon enjoying a brand new floor!