Whether it’s for an office space or your upstairs loft, black walnut floors have a way of tying all kinds of interior design together, whether it’s minimalist chic or Bohemian contemporary.

So if you’ve decided to add black walnut hardwood floors to your home, let’s start by saying that, aesthetically-speaking, you’ve made the right decision.

That being said, before you make an investment, it might be best to know what black walnut flooring offers and how it can benefit you in the long run!

The Characteristics of Black Walnut Hardwood Floors


Of course, black walnut is quite dark in color—hence the name. The heartwood, which is an almost purplish black shade, becomes a tan or yellowish gray as you move toward sapwood. Because of its unique shading, though, there isn’t ever a need to finish or stain black walnut. You typically only need coat sealer to protect its natural shade.


Black walnut has a Janka hardness level of 1,010, making it a great choice for home use. Naturally resistant to decay, black walnut is also quite stable and shock-resistant. This is also why it’s one of the most popular choices for hardwood in the flooring industry.


Black walnut requires just as much maintenance as any other hardwood. Preventing any moisture build-up and taking care of the grain will be more than enough to keep it looking sleek and shiny.

The Benefits of Black Walnut

Benefits of Black Walnut

– It Exudes Warmth and Richness

Especially if used against granite and neutral paint colors, black walnut brings out the warmth in modern interior decoration. With its rustic look and compatibility with natural elements, it blends quite well with a mix of styles, from Zen to Scandinavian chic.

– It’s Versatile

We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: Just like white oak takes even the simplest designs to the next level, walnut flooring offers a pretty handy canvas to work with. You can use florals or go with concrete and steel for a more industrial look. Whatever you need, black walnut is adaptable for all styles of décor.

Companies like Oak & Broad offer premium wide plank black walnut wood flooring so you should have no trouble buying as much as you need. Just be sure to follow their advice regarding installation and use it to enhance your décor.

You’ll be surprised by how easy it is to work with black walnut!