walnut flooring in ShawneeHomeowners in Overland Park, Shawnee, Lenexa, Prairie Village and surrounding areas choose walnut hardwood for the elegance and warmth it brings to their homes. Since it is one of the darker domestic species, it is commonly used for striking designs and for rooms with contrasting coloring in the walls and floors. Read on to learn if walnut hardwood is the right choice for your Shawnee home.


Walnut is recognized for its dark, chocolate brown color, but the actual coloring of floorboards can range from light tan to dark brown. This flooring accepts various stains and finishes well, so you can choose between lighter or darker shades as well as matte or gloss finishes. Walnut has fine, straight grains with a high variation in color and pattern between individual floorboards. Knots and streaks will be present in some pieces.

Durability and Use

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Walnut flooring generally refers to the domestic species, also known as American Walnut or Black Walnut. This is a relatively soft hardwood with a Janka hardness rating of 1010. (In comparison, red oak has a rating of 1290.) American walnut is not recommended for high traffic areas, but it makes for elegant flooring in other areas of the home including bedrooms or dens.

Brazilian walnut offers a similar coloring to American, but it is significantly harder with a Janka rating of 3680. This makes it a good alternative if you are looking for a walnut coloring in a more durable flooring option. Additionally, if you are looking for similar coloring at a lower price point, walnut is also available in engineered hardwood, laminate, or vinyl options.

Get Started in Shawnee Today

At Floor Coverings International Kansas City West, we offer a wide range of walnut flooring options. Whether you want high-gloss flooring for a formal area, or a matte, hand-scraped option for a natural and rustic space, our design associates will match you with the best product to suit your needs. Call to schedule you free, in-home consultation and get started renovating your Shawnee home today.

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