Trends in timber finishes have been difficult to follow in recent times; however the joinery division at Scotts of Thrapston is confident of the long term popularity of Walnut.
The company has just completed work on supplying flush veneered doors to an exclusive development of multi-million pound properties in Esher, Surrey. Here, American Black Walnut was used to create a clean finish throughout each of the homes, with doors slightly taller than usual for a distinguished, luxurious appearance.
This recent project is in line with the increased demand for rich, timber doors
and skirtings being specified by designers to Scotts, where the joinery team understand the bespoke requirements associated with ‘high-end’ developments of this kind.
Walnut is noted for delivering a unique look of distinction within a property and being a more expensive choice than other hardwoods, its increased demand is being viewed at Scotts as a sure sign of recovery within the building and development markets.
The general manager for Scotts joinery division is Ian Hodgkin. “We witnessed an evolutionary trend in recent years for lighter wood doors made using Beech, Cherry and American White Oak. These delivered a noticeably clean appearance and contemporary look, which is now being specified in darker tones, hence the popularity of Walnut,” he says. “I believe this sparked a broad awakening as to the marked effect timber doors can have on a property, which led to greater interest in the wide range of woods and veneers on offer.”
Julia Berrie, Scotts marketing manager adds to Ian’s observations: “Designers seem to be adopting darker woods and American Black Walnut has a deserved reputation for delivering a rich and exclusive look; its grain and pattern is so beautifully random.”
This is Scotts of Thrapston
’s 90th Anniversary year. The company has been at the forefront of timber door manufacture in the UK for decades, during which time it has tracked numerous trends in woods and finishes.