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Addison Bed

The Addison Bed — shown in solid Walnut

about walnut

In Brief

Walnut brings an extra bit of elegance to any room. If your tastes run more toward the formal, then the rich, dark browns of natural walnut may be the way to go.

Much of our walnut furniture ends up in:

  • bedrooms
  • formal dining rooms
  • home offices
  • dens, studies or libraries


When your walnut furniture first arrives it will appear very dark brown. Often the color is so dark that the wood will seem to have a flat and almost powdery quality.

In just a short time the walnut will oxidize and beautiful golden tones will start to appear “underneath” the brown creating a rich and complex overall tone with incredible depth.

As with most woods, exposure to sunlight will accelerate the speed and intensify the degree of oxidation. Walnut, in particular, is highly susceptible to this process and can continue oxidizing until the brown tones have largely given way to the golden.

Special Features

Occasionally walnut will contain streaks of sapwood which comes from the outer most section of a log. Walnut sapwood will be markedly lighter — sometimes even as blonde as maple.

Because of the high degree of contrast between sapwood and heartwood, we guarantee you will not find walnut sapwood on any of our case fronts or tops or on any of our table tops either.


Walnut accepts stain readily and evenly, but because the natural wood is already very dark, the change in color will seem slight — at least initially.

Still, to a higher degree than any of the other woods staining can somewhat even out the natural variations. Staining can also be used to counteract the inevitable lightening overt time of walnut’s natural pigments.