Walnut Hardwood Flooring

The beauty of Walnut hardwood flooring.

Dark, rich colors are the reason that Walnut hardwood flooring is among the most prized options for flooring surfaces. From creamy white and lighter colored sapwood to dark chocolate-brown hues in the heartwood, American Walnut flooring provides a striking design element for any home or business interior.

At Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, our Walnut hardwood flooring comes from the well-drained soils of specific regions in the Midwest. Carefully selected mature trees are harvested and steamed to maximize the beauty of the natural tannins. The result is sumptuous dark Walnut floors that are perfectly at home in a rustic country kitchen, an elegant formal sitting room and everything in between.

What is wide plank Walnut hardwood flooring?

While standard commercial flooring is made up of fairly narrow strips of hardwood – 3″ wide at most – the floorboards in wide plank Walnut hardwood flooring may run as wide as 8″ to 10″, or even up to 16″. The visual difference between standard and wide plank flooring is immense. Commercial flooring may have hundreds of seams between floorboards in an average-size room, creating a chopped-up feel and a cluttered or busy look. Wide plank Walnut hardwood flooring, on the other hand, will have far fewer seams and a much cleaner, more elegant appearance. Wide plank floors also allow the beauty, personality and grain patterns of the Walnut hardwood to emerge and shine, making the floor a central focus of any interior design scheme.

What makes Walnut hardwood flooring special?

Walnut hardwood flooring offers:

  • Darker hues, making Walnut floors the perfect choice for customers looking for a dark wood floor.
  • Versatility, with the ability to add beauty and elegance to casual, contemporary or formal settings.
  • Value, as Walnut hardwood flooring is considered an excellent return on investment that increases the value of a home.

How can Walnut hardwood flooring be customized?

At Carlisle, we specialize in helping you to customize your Walnut hardwood flooring to meet the exact specifications of your interior design and to make sure your floor is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that is uniquely yours.

Texturing your Walnut hardwood flooring can give it the appearance of a much older floor. Hand Scraped Walnut floors or floors treated with

Watermill marks or Timeworn techniques recreate the look of floorboards that were produced by early sawmills or that have been weathered by time and foot traffic.

Staining is another way to customize Walnut hardwood flooring. Walnut takes staining very easily, and Carlisle offers a virtually unlimited assortment of stains colors.

The width of your floorboards is another area of choice. Carlisle Walnut hardwood flooring comes in floorboards up to 16″ in width. Maintaining consistent widths produces a uniform look, while varying the widths creates visual interest.

Choosing a grade of wood gives you additional options. Carlisle’s proprietary grades are designed to reveal more or less variation in color, grain pattern, knots and other Walnut characteristics.

Selecting a pattern for installation can give your floor a unique and elegant appearance. Patterns like Chevron, Herringbone and Versailles are quite popular again, but you may also choose a custom pattern for a truly unique floor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is rift sawn Walnut hardwood flooring?

Rift and quartersawn Walnut floorboards are cut at a 90-degree angle from the center of the tree to produce very straight grain that runs the entire length of the board.

What is engineered Walnut hardwood flooring?

Engineered floors are designed to better withstand big changes in moisture, humidity and temperature such as you would find in basements, in radiant heating systems and in floors installed over concrete slabs. An engineered floor is made by gluing a veneer of hardwood to multiple layers of backing material – plywood, fiberboard or another type of hardwood like Baltic Birch. This construction prevents the floorboards from expanding and contracting as the ambient environment changes. Engineered Walnut floors are not appropriate for locations where relative humidity may drop below 30%.

What is prefinished Walnut hardwood flooring?

A prefinished floor is one that is sanded, stained and sealed before it is delivered for installation. With a prefinished floor, homeowners can avoid the mess of sanding, which sends sawdust flying everywhere, as well as the smell and inconvenience of staining and sealing the floor on site.

What are best practices for how to clean Walnut hardwood flooring?

Walnut hardwood flooring can be cleaned with a simple mixture of vinegar (1 or 2 ounces) and water (2 gallons). The natural acidity of vinegar helps to loosen dirt and contaminants, and the solution is safe for the environment.

How durable is Walnut hardwood flooring?

Walnut floors are among the softer hardwoods, with a Janka hardness rating of 1010. While it may scratch or ding a little more easily, Walnut hardwood flooring is nevertheless highly resilient and will last for many years with proper care.

What’s the difference between American Walnut and Black Walnut floors?

American and Black Walnut floors are the same thing – they are both made from American Black Walnut hardwood, as opposed to Brazilian Walnut or European Walnut timbers.

Carlisle: the premier source for Walnut hardwood flooring in North America.

Carlisle has been the leading provider of quality wood floors since 1966. Today, our wide plank floors can be found worldwide in beautiful museums, trendy retail sites, upscale restaurants and exceptional residences. We have built our reputation on two things: the excellence of our craftsmanship and the quality of our service.

Carlisle craftsmen are New England artisans with a love and feel for fine wood. They fully appreciate that every board tells a story through color variation and grain patterns, and they painstakingly work each plank to bring out the best qualities, creating a one-of-a-kind surface that is a true reflection of your sense of beauty and style.

Our customer service team is dedicated to making the process of creating Walnut hardwood flooring as exciting as living or working on it. From your first contact with our team through the process of designing a floor, placing an order and receiving your delivery, our team will answer every question and cover every detail, providing expert assistance at every turn.