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Mahogany vs Walnut: Which Should You Choose?

Rectangular Mayan Walnut Open Coffee Table with magazine shelf

Solid wood is a great choice for furniture and decor – it is strong, durable, and has a timeless look that can suit almost any aesthetic. However, not all woods are equal when it comes to choosing your furniture. In this blog, we will be looking at two popular hardwoods you may be considering – here’s what you need to know about the mahogany vs walnut debate.

Mahogany

Mahogany is a straight, close-grained hardwood, with the close grain a result of slow growth and also what gives the wood its unmatched strength, density, and hardness. There are many species of mahogany, but it is always prized for its distinctive appearance – a deep, rich red-brown colour. Mahogany is reminiscent of Georgian and Victorian furniture, can be polished to a very high shine, and will often darken over time.

Mahogany has many of the advantages typical of hardwoods, such as strength, durability and longevity. It is also resistant to water and rot, as well as general wear and tear. It can work well with a range of finishes such as black or white paint, or wood stains that enhance the natural tones and grain.

Walnut

Like mahogany, walnut is also a close-grained hardwood, but the colour can vary from a light golden brown to a light grey-brown. The grain of walnut wood, like mahogany, is typically straight, although it can have waves or curls that enhance its character. There is also likely to be more colour variation within a single piece of walnut than you will typically find in a single piece of mahogany.

Walnut is hard and resilient, with good resistance to shrinking, warping and decay. Walnut wood is quite easy to work with and, as a result, it is often used for detailed carving and turning, as well as furniture, cabinetry and wood veneers.

Mahogany vs walnut – which is best?

It is hard to say which is a clear winner in the mahogany vs walnut debate as your choice will depend a lot on your aesthetic and both are great woods. There are some external factors, such as budget, which may affect your decision, but even this is negligible in this case; walnut may be slightly cheaper than mahogany, but it is still fairly pricey – in the case of both kinds of wood, you are paying for the quality.

The main difference between these two hardwoods is in the colour. Mahogany has a more ‘classic’ and antique look while walnut is more modern and understated. This means that some home aesthetics may suit one more than the other, but solid wood generally can work well in most settings, whether it’s rustic or more contemporary in style.

 

When deciding what the best choice of wood is for your home, you have to trust your personal taste and consider what matches best with your existing home aesthetic.

Here at AKD Furniture, we stock a huge range of handcrafted mahogany and walnut furniture for all rooms of the house.

 

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A Guide to the Different Mahogany Finishes

As well as being exceptionally sturdy and durable, mahogany has one of the most distinctive and striking appearances of any wood. Different finishes can highlight different aspects of the red-brown tones and the natural grain, or it can be painted to better suit a certain design or colour palette of a room.

We’ve put together a guide to the different mahogany finishes we provide here at AKD Furniture, and where each would be best suited.

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What Colour Goes with Mahogany Furniture?

Solid Mahogany Georgian 3 Drawer Filing Cabinet with Panel Drawer to hold standard suspension files

Mahogany has a timeless and impressive aesthetic, and investing in a statement piece of furniture makes a great addition to your home, but it is not always easy to match the rest of the room with this distinctive hardwood. 

Mahogany wood can be available in a range of tones and finishes but, for the purpose of this blog, we will discuss the colour of mahogany that springs to mind for most – a deep reddish-brown. Here are some suggestions of different colours that pair well with mahogany furniture and will bring the whole room together.

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What is Reclaimed Wood?: A Guide

More material choices than ever are available for consumers looking to buy furniture or renovate their home. Even with all this choice, it’s hard to find a material that is right for your needs whilst also being unique and sustainable.

Reclaimed wood is one of the select few materials that can tick all of the boxes, so here’s a little more about what reclaimed wood is and the benefits of it.

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How to Incorporate Dark Wood Furniture into Your Living Room: 6 Decorating Ideas

Georgian Reeded Sideboard (Mahogany). 6 square drawers, twin cupboard doors

Dark woods such as mahogany are a great option for adding a timeless and classic feel to a living room. However, people are often unsure of what to pair it with for the best interior design. In this blog, we take a look at 6 living room decorating ideas when you’re working with dark wood furniture like mahogany. 
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Why is Mahogany Good for Furniture?

Mahogany is a timeless and beautiful wood that is used time and time again for creating all manner of furnishings. But have you ever stopped to wonder why mahogany is so good for furniture? Or, are you in the process of choosing furniture and deciding whether to use mahogany or not? Here we take a look at some of the best things about the brilliant material that is mahogany. Continue reading Why is Mahogany Good for Furniture?