Choices of Flooring

What Are Walnut Flooring Pros and Cons?

by Roy Akirov
January, 2021

Walnut flooring is one of the most popular hardwood flooring choices for many years. Nothing changed in 2021, together with oak, walnut flooring is a leader when choosing the flooring for your home.

On this page, you will find out walnut flooring pros and cons so that you can make an informed decision when choosing the flooring for your home.

It is important to find the right flooring for you as it is a key element of your home. You need to be able to trust it to perform its job at its absolute best.

Walnut flooring is a very stylish choice for your home and is often associated with large, expansive spaces due to its rich, dark colouring. It becomes a real statement in a room and is something that people will gravitate towards when they enter your home.

This will invariably invoke questions: ‘what kind of wood is it?’ and ‘where did you get it?’ You will be able to confidently answer them by saying that you went to Rhodium Floors, a company that is informed and knowledgeable about the products that they sell.

When choosing a wood for your floor you will need to weigh up the walnut flooring pros and cons. After doing this you can confidently go ahead with your decision.

So what are the walnut flooring pros and cons and what do they mean to you?

The Cons

Beginning with the cons, it has to be said that due to the deep tones of walnut flooring, it is wiser to choose a large space to lay it in.

If you were to place it in a smaller room it could enclose the space and make it seem even smaller. Walnut flooring also demands that you treat it with the utmost care. If it is not treated correctly then it is easy for scuffs and scratches to appear.

In particular, Black Walnut is prone to becoming scuffed. So rather than dragging furniture across the flooring, it is better to lift and move it. This way you can ensure that your flooring remains in the best condition possible.

Walnut flooring is known for its deeper tones and this is where another con lies. The everyday dust and debris of living in a home appear much easier than those wood floorings that are lighter in colour and tone.

Therefore, the maintenance of keeping the floor clean will be an everyday chore. Pet hairs, dirt, and debris that is picked up on your shoes from outside will be starkly apparent meaning that you will have to sweep, hoover or mop it on a regular basis.

Alongside the high maintenance of walnut flooring in having to maintain its cleanliness, there is its durability to consider. Walnut is not known for its density. The Janka hardness test has shown that walnut has a rating of 1010. This means that it is a softer more pliable wood.

If this flooring is laid in an area that has a lot of footfall on it, it would not wear well and it would either need to be replaced or changed for a different type altogether.

Laying furniture over the top of it is also something that needs great consideration. A weighty bookcase or any heavy, solid wood furniture that is placed on top of this flooring could leave it marked, dented and inevitably scuffed.

Felt or cork pads could be placed underneath these heavy items of furniture but there is no guarantee that the flooring will not end up dented under the pressure.

The walnut flooring pros and cons depend on what you are looking for and whether or not it is right for you. Nevertheless, let’s move on to the pros of having walnut flooring installed in your home.

The Pros

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Walnut flooring is a beautiful wood to choose from due to its warm, rich tones. It ranges from rich, chocolatey browns through to an almost purple hue. The knots and swirls in the wood are often darker again in a colour which creates a beautiful two-tone patina.

With time, the walnut wood flooring will age and with that comes a new kind of beauty. It will begin to change colour after a period of time meaning that the interior of your home will grow and change with you. This adds a truly luxurious finish to any room and will have people envious.

One of the top qualities of a walnut flooring is that it is highly insect repellant. This means that you can be safe in the knowledge that there will be no nasty surprises lurking beneath your floor that are intent on causing damage.

If you live in a high humidity area then walnut flooring will be of great advantage to you due to the process which ensures the maintenance of the wood.

Wood floors are easy to clean, and though you may be able to detect debris and dust you can guarantee that your home is even cleaner as you will be able to identify and remove it. This is also beneficial to those with allergies or asthma, as the particles that ordinarily aggravate them are reduced due to the easy level of care.

The installation of walnut flooring is much smoother than some other woods, which means that the process can be done swiftly, reducing the inconvenience of having it fitted. After it has been fitted you can have the flooring treated on a semi-regular basis to keep it looking as lustrous as possible.

An easy way to do this is to use beeswax or even some oils such as linseed and Danish oil. Once done, many interior designers pair lighter furnishings with the darker walnut to offset it, making the room look fresh and spacious.

Walnut Flooring in 2021

In fact, flooring trends do not radically change on a year over year basis. They are quite long-standing, a testament to their versatility. However, in the last few years, we have seen light wood rule, from furniture to flooring. Many interior designers think that 2021 is the year for rich, mid-colored wood tones. The bleached interiors, the white kitchens are already one step out the door.

We will probably witness a wander through amber tones, a mix and match of natural textures with different wood tones, and a segmentation of living spaces. The open floor plans that have dominated the interior design trends for a while are starting to fade, mostly because of the Coronavirus pandemic and the new work-from-home environment.

Segmentation is the word for interior design in 2021. When the home doubles as so many spaces, it’s important to create some separation between work and relaxing, family time, and business meetings. Creating office environments at home is the new norm. Everything will help, from the choice of different flooring to the furniture, walls, decorations. Walnut flooring is a good idea for a home office in 2021. If you’re not sure about that, let us help you decide. 


Walnut flooring is a beautiful wood due to its warm, rich tones. It is highly insect repellant, moisture resistant, easy to clean and install. But there are some cons too. Placing in a small room walnut flooring could enclose the space and make it seem even smaller. Moreover, maintenance of keeping the floor clean will be an everyday chore. Walnut is not known for its density, so scratches may appear very fast.

Rhodium Floors

Those are some of the main walnut flooring pros and cons for you to consider when choosing the flooring that is right for you. So head over to Rhodium Floors, to see the excellent flooring we have to offer.

Rhodium Floors will refurbish your home with the best walnut flooring around.

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