American walnut is one of the most time-tested options in both furniture and hardwood floors. Walnut is a popular option because it is revered as a sophisticated choice that has the ability to transform any home into an elegant masterpiece.
Many consider American walnut a luxurious, distinctive option. It is the only domestic hardwood that has an ability to begin as a darker tone and then transform into a beautiful, brown hue in a short amount of time. It’s sapwood features a lighter color for contrast. This amount of color variation is some of the highest we offer at Urban Floor.
Why American Walnut is regarded as a classic hardwood flooring option?
- Ages beautifully as described above
- Offers unique color variation from tan/cream colors to purplish blacks and dark browns
- Is highly sophisticated in nature
- Used for decorative panels, gunstocks, and many other furniture options
- Pure and fresh in nature – working well with almost any combination of traditional, interior décor
- It’s tolerance for nailing, stapling, finishing, and sanding make it an attractive choice for hardwood floors
Fun fact: Europeans consider American walnut as a symbol of fertility, while Native American Indians consider it a symbol of clarity and focus.
An example of its prized sophistication can be found below.
A Little History of American Walnut
American walnut is native to eastern North America, but has made its way west, landing in many states located in Central, U.S. American walnut trees grow very tall, sometimes up to 150 feet in length.
Aside from being used in hardwood flooring, American walnut is also widely used in natural medicine, started by Native American Indians as way to eliminate parasites from the intestine. Today it is commonly used as a natural laxative, as well as for its anti-parasitic and anti-fungal effects.
American walnut trees are one of the few tree species with an ability to naturally regenerate when planted. As a result, trees are abundant and serve as a viable source for lumber needs.