Walnut Furniture Ideas That Will Last For Generations

There are many reasons why walnut furniture enjoys a great reputation. The wood is dark, distinctive, and has a unique grain pattern. Within the world of home furnishings, walnut is one of the most prized wood species. 

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Due to its durability, walnut furniture is the go-to choice for family heirloom furnishing as each piece can survive generational use.  

If you’re looking for new furniture, but don’t where to begin, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we’ll provide examples of how walnut furniture is the ultimate in home decor furnishings. We’ll also show you why the wood is the most sought-after among homeowners nationwide. 

What Is Walnut Wood?

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Before we jump into the latest walnut furniture designs, it would be a good idea to learn about walnut wood. It’s important to know why the wood is special and what makes it unique.

Walnut is the only dark wood from North America. The wood’s color is deep chocolate that can take on a purple hue. Some walnut surfaces have a yellow hue on the exterior.

There are many tree species with a variety of common names, but American Walnut from the eastern Black Walnut tree is the best for furniture. The country’s black walnut reserves are in Ohio, Indiana, and the surrounding regions.

Walnut Furniture Ideas For 2022

There are many things you should know about walnut wood furniture. Before buying walnut furniture, you should be familiar with its finer qualities and how to take care of it.

Walnut Wood Table

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Walnut furniture is known for its attractive patterns.

The Fuji table from Porada showcases the natural beauty and grain patterns of walnut wood. The round canaletta piece features a solid edge made of 12 panels encircling its central design.

Straight Grain Design

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The grain of the wood seems to pour down the central section.

The hole in the middle of the table is the focal point. It can hold a matching lazy Susan or vase. The base is crafted from a single wood panel with 12 folding cuts. Weighted with bronzoro varnished metal, the piece provides a sturdy and balanced surface.

Black walnut might look gray while other forms of walnut might appear to be brown or white. And, antique walnut furniture may have a yellowish brown color because this wood lightens as it ages.

Walnut Wood Nightstand

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A small side table may be among the most versatile pieces in your home. This one from Capagna comprises a half circle and a wedge form. It’s slim and easy to move, so it can be very handy in any living space.

The silhouette is also perfect as a pedestal for a sculpture, vase, or other accessories. It’s the type of piece that can easily be passed through the generations because it’s useful.

Natural Wood Walnut Chair

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A stylish armchair is a great piece to have in walnut because you know it will last. This Shepherd’s Chair from Hinterland is their first armchair. It is made of solid black walnut. The sling seat is either a natural sheepskin or leather. The wood frame is formed by the three arcs from the main part of the chair.

Solid Wood Shelving

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This stylish shelving or display shelf! Ottra’s modular shelf is part of their Cursive Collection and the size is customizable. Choose a couple of shelves or a floor-to-ceiling arrangement. 

Walnut Office Chair

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This old school office chair is a new take on the vintage classic. Erickson Woodworking named its Niobrara Office Chair after a Nebraska river connected to his family history.

It’s a spectacular handmade chair crafted from California Black Walnut from the state’s Central Valley and dried in a solar kiln. The design has staying power because the curved back slats and leather seat are ergonomic and comfortable.

Walnut Wood Chair

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A sleek barrel armchair by Moran Woodworking really puts black walnut on show in its frame. This shape is comfortable because it fits the body.

Artisan woodworking showcases skillful and detail-oriented craftsmanship. A three-way mitered joint unites the back band, arm, and face frame. The piece is built to order and can be upholstered in your choice of fabric.

Black Walnut Cabinet

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Tall and stately, the Lenox Pantry by Fern is a magnificent walnut piece. It features solid walnut construction with brass hardware. It’s custom made, so the size and configuration are flexible while the wood can be natural, oxidized, or ebonized.

A hand-crafted walnut cabinet like this will be the standout element in your dining or living area, for sure.

Black Walnut Console

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Finding vintage pieces done in walnut can be very exciting. This mid century modern buffet from Regan and Smith in Hudson, New York is a real treat. The clean, classic lines are perfect for today’s streamlined interiors and the overall condition is excellent.

These are the types of pieces that are worth having in walnut because they will last long after you yourself are finished enjoying them.

Natural Walnut Wood Coffee Table

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The table was designed by Carlo Colombo in 2015.

Designs that showcase the wood grain are perfect for walnut. Georgetti’s low round coffee table is a grand example of a construction that lets the wood shine. The solid walnut table features a straight grain pattern and clean lines that contrast with its circular shape.

Crafted by hand from the finest cabaletta black walnut, the coffee table features black nickel finished metal inserts that bisect the large circle.

Black Walnut Bookshelf

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Walnut mixed with other surfaces is modern and attractive.

Porada’s Dalida bookcase features a solid canaletta walnut frame and shelves that can be lacquered in polyester or left in the natural walnut color. Striations in the wood enhance the look of walnut furniture and over time, this kind of wood can develop a lustrous sheen and finish. Walnut wood is also prized not just for its look but also for its carving abilities.

Walnut Wood Conference Room Set

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Black walnut wood typically costs more because of high demand and low supply.

Modern walnut furniture designs are especially appealing. The smooth lines and deep curves that are possible make a spectacular base for a glass topped table, like this Circe table from Prada. Combined with a clear top, the table base becomes the focal point of the dining area.

This makes it appropriate for dining tables, such as this Trunk table from Porada. The table has tempered glass top the solid canaletta walnut frame and base on a bronzoro metal plate.

Walnut Wood Home Decor

Walnut wood is also used for smaller home decor items.

Walnut Wood Table Frame

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The lovely spokes of the walnut table frame are visible through the top.

Walnut Wood Mirror Frame

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The mirror works well in any room, such as an office, entryway or living room.

Accessories such as the Pearl Mirror, also from Porada, show how well-suited to carving the walnut is. This mirror frame is composed of 60 wooden spheres carved from solid walnut. The mirror is a very artful contemporary design that puts the walnut center stage on the wall.

Walnut Wood Sofa

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The rich brown of walnut furnishings adds warmth to a space.

Walnut furniture that is upholstered is another way to incorporate this stunning wood into a space. Prada’s Allison couch features cushions that are filled with down and upholstered in a variety of fabrics.

The strong wood is a sturdy and sleek base for the plush sofa. Adding complementary pieces like a table and floor lamp made of walnut makes for a coordinated and stylish room.

Walnut Wood Display Shelving

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Walnut furniture works well with a light-colored floor.

Bookcases are another stylish way to incorporate walnut furniture. The open design of the company’s Myria bookcase in solid walnut has shelves made from smoked tempered glass, which helps keep the look light and airy.

Shelves made of solid wood frames and shelving units have a much heavier appearance. The bookshelves can be used as a single tower unit, or combined as a larger wall unit or freestanding divider for a larger living space.

Walnut Wood Living Room Table

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The smooth, rounded shapes of the carved base are good match for the glass top.

Accent tables — like this Kosmo console — made of walnut are often topped with glass to keep the wood from being overwhelming. Walnut’s higher cost also makes this type of design more affordable while still showcasing the beauty of this popular wood. A metal base adds a bit of shine and a modern feel to the entire piece.

Walnut Wood Desk Chair

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The wood design is chic and the upholstery makes it extra comfortable.

Walnut is an excellent choice for impressive office furniture. Besides being durable, the warm hues and smooth curves add a touch of softness to the typically angular design of an office.

This Georgetti Norah armchair adds elegance to an office and the simplicity of the design will work will many types of existing desks. The chair is made from 22 pieces of solid walnut and can be upholstered in fabric or leather.

Modern Walnut Wood Chair

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The strength walnut makes it a good choice for these curved, thin legs.

Another curvy example of a walnut chair is the Isadora and Puff, a matching ottoman. The modern design has anthropomorphic legs that are unexpected. A tall back and plush upholstery make it very comfortable and relaxing.

Walnut furniture is long lasting and durable, making this a piece that you can pass down through the generations.

Walnut Wood Desks

Walnut furniture doesn’t shrink or swell like other wood species, which makes it the best choice for humid climates. If you’re looking for a desk that will last a long time, a walnut wood desk would be your best choice. 

Walnut Wood Writing Desk

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Varying the direction of the wood grain adds interest to the piece.

Desks are another piece of furniture that looks great made from walnut. The Camus Collection is an extraordinary piece. The company creates its pieces with hand crafting melded with modern technology to achieve amazing designs.

The moving lid and intricately carved circular joint construction of the desk are marvels of construction and the wood grain highlights the different surfaces.

Walnut Wood Office Desk

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A standout desk different from the usual is an office focal point.

A showpiece desk like this Mogul writing table from Georgetti is stunning in walnut. Rounded lines and an architectural profile make it a rich addition to an office.   The juxtaposition of clear glass and solid wood elements, combined with leather inserts, creates a very interesting piece of walnut furniture.

Walnut Wood Conference Table

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The upholstered chairs convey a light and open feeling.

Similarly, a conference area benefits from warm walnut furniture. The Baron armchairs were designed by Robert Lazzaroni and can be ordered as a fixed seat or swiveling chair. The contrasts of the open frame against the solid upholstered elements add elegance and visual interest.

The chair’s design is said to have many historical references, updated to a modern design by Georgetti craftspeople. The chairs, along with the attractive table, would also be a graceful addition to any home dining room.

Art Deco Walnut Wood Console

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Walnut lends itself to intricate and shapely carving.

Complex carved spheres are a perfect way to use walnut, as in this Cesar console from the Camus Collection. The company is known for its stunning wood furnishings in modern and sensuous shapes.

The curving tube that forms the console base exhibits plenty of wood but the shaped design prevents it from feeling heavy.  Instead of featuring one large glass top, this table has two rounded glass pieces that complement the shape of the console.

Natural Walnut Wood Entryway Table

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The console is spectacular and is not terribly formal in feeling.

Larger and visually heavier, the Colossus console is also from the Camus Collection. Undulating curves and bulges, smoothly carved from wood, yield a long and lovely piece of walnut furniture. The grain highlights each and every undulation, creating a statement-making console for a grand entryway or living room.

Walnut Wood Office Desk

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The large desk is designed with only one leg.

Desks for a home office, like the Erasmo desk from Georgetti, combine function, comfort, and high design in one stylish piece of walnut furniture. Curved edges and an unusual shape are eye-catching and add a touch of avant-garde flavor to the room.

The leaf-shaped desk features a handy sliding shelf on both sides and a large series of drawers that have an independent opening system, allowing them to open 360°.

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The lustrous finish adds warmth and elegance to the walnut.

Walnut furniture is available in a variety of styles and for all the rooms in the home — and office. Its hardiness and durability make it a highly desirable and attractive wood. 

Walnut Furniture Conclusion

Solid wood furniture is a popular home furnishing option. With walnut furniture, each piece offers durability and a smooth finish. Among interior designers, natural walnut wood is their preferred choice for traditional home interiors. This makes sense as solid walnut can withstand harsh weather and high-traffic environments

The upfront prices you pay for natural walnut furniture are worth it in the long-term.

When buying walnut furniture, you’ll feel safe knowing that each piece can be passed down to your children.

Those who enjoy furniture that possesses a high level of natural beauty won’t find anything better than black walnut wood.