Demand for walnut kitchen cabinets and walnut cabinet doors has steadily been on the rise the last few years. See the Google trend chart below that shows walnut surpassed alder in web searches over the past 5 years.
Matt Prall and Stephen Garland of Papilio Bespoke Kitchens predicted in a recent House Beautiful article, “With homeowners more mindful about use of materials, we’re likely to see an increase in the use of characterful veneers such as pippy elm & walnut for 2018. These materials add texture and intrigue to the kitchen and when working in a bespoke manner can be used for everything from statement wall veneers to unique cabinetry and shelving. The use of high quality wood to create statement rooms is going to be big.”
In a recent ProBuilder article, architect Craig McMahon, president of Craig McMahon Architects, in San Antonio, is noticing “client preference for stained darker woods such as teak and walnut.”