So, you have chosen to have a walnut work surface installed as part of your kitchen renovation – good for you!
While it is no easy feat choosing a work surface for your kitchen that will stand the test of time for design and hardiness, walnut is a wood that never loses its natural beauty and is certainly hardy.
However, many people who are new to interior design may be surprised to learn that of all the wooden worktops available, a walnut worktop from the UK is often on the pricey side. And while it is easy to disclude it based on this alone, there are many benefits of having a walnut worktop installed in your kitchen.
In this article, these advantages will be explored, helping you to decide if this worktop is right for you!
It goes without saying, that when you walk into a kitchen that has a walnut worktop, you will be amazed at how much class it brings to the room by itself. A dark, shiny wood that has chocolate undertones, it adds beauty to any room it is in and so, if you are looking to add a touch of class to your home’s decor, a walnut work surface in your kitchen is the way to do it.
Beauty is fine, but is it a tough wood? In short, yes, it is! Walnut is a hardwood that is resistant to chips, cracks and dents, but can also take the heat of the kitchen. Of course, in order to maintain it correctly, you will need to wipe up any spills and periodically apply varnish.
Another point to consider about walnut is that it is a very individual wood. While all natural woods have their own beauty, when it comes to staining or varnishing, the results are often similar across woods like oak and beech. But when it comes to walnut worktops, it is very tough to stain 2 pieces and have them look the same – each piece is as unique as a snowflake and this can be a great way to enhance your decor with your own personal touch.
Back to functionality; many people are aware of how durable and mould resistant oak is.
Is walnut as durable? Yes, it is; as most of the walnut that is used to make kitchen countertops originates in northeast America, it has had to evolve to cope with harsher climates. This has enabled the wood to become hardier against mould and water, making it the perfect kitchen countertop! But to ensure it retains this natural defence against such things, you will need to varnish it regularly.
If you are a fan of uniqueness or having odd designs which you want to extend to your kitchen, you may be surprised to learn that walnut has a wide range of varying hues.
From darker brown to even a purple tint, this wood comes with some intriguing colours naturally woven into it, making it ideal for contemporary design. Perfect!