Ebony is the color characteristic of wood derived from tropical trees commonly found in India and Sri Lanka. Ebony was named after the popular material used to create piano keys and chess pieces. However, the material’s popularity, along with unsustainable harvesting practices, has endangered many of the species yielding ebony.
Unlike jet-black, ebony is characterized by brown and, in some cases, olive undertones. Not surprisingly and as its use in piano keys suggests, combine ebony with white for a classic and timeless color palette.
Like black, however, ebony gives a sense of seriousness, elegance, and prestige.