luxury kitchen with walnut floorsAre you planning a renovation project for your home? Then don’t forget to think about what is under your feet. Beautiful floors can transform the entire look and feel of your room. When it comes to flooring, you have seemingly unlimited options, but there is nothing else like solid walnut hardwood floors to help create a warm and welcoming home. Our team at Floor Coverings International Greenwich is here to help you navigate your options and help you find the perfect walnut for your home.

Types and Benefits of Walnut Hardwood Flooring

Before you find the perfect walnut flooring for your home, you need to know a little about the different varieties of walnut available. Two of the most popular choices among Greenwich area homeowners are American Black Walnut and Brazilian Walnut.

American Black Walnut is a common choice for walnut flooring because it is less expensive and more readily available in the US than other types. American Black Walnut is indigenous to the US Eastern seaboard, so it is a traditional choice for homes in the Greenwich area. There are several alternative names for American Black Walnut that you may run across. These include North American Walnut, Black Walnut, and Gun Wood, but all of these names describe the exact same lumber.

American Black Walnut comes in a range of colors from very light brown to much darker shades depending on which part of the tree is selected to make the planks.  The outer sapwood offers lighter, almost cream-colored hues while the inner heartwood tends to be a darker brown or even purplish in color. Boards made from American Black Walnut usually have a straight, even grain, but you may find floorboards with more irregular or curving grains depending on the look you want to achieve.

upclose view of walnut floor

Brazillian Walnut is an exotic wood that grows naturally in Brazil and a small number of other areas in South America. The rarity of this wood means that it is in high demand and is considerably more costly than American Black Walnut. However, if you’re looking to add floors to your home, it’ll be a challenge to find something more elegant than Brazilian Walnut.

Unlike American Black Walnut, most types of Brazilian Walnut floorboards are taken from the heartwood of the tree. Therefore flooring made from it is on the darker side with colors ranging from lighter browns to almost black. Some grades of Brazilian Walnut may have streaks of yellow, red, green or white running along the length of the board. Brazilian Walnut is exceptionally durable which make it an excellent choice for high-traffic areas of your Greenwich home.

Find the Right Walnut for Your Home

Whether you choose traditional American Black Walnut or more exotic Brazilian Walnut, your new floors will become the focal point of your room. Your local experts at Floor Coverings International Greenwich can make your flooring dreams come true and offer free, in-home design consultations to find the perfect flooring for your needs. We proudly serve the greater Stamford, Greenwich, Darien area.

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