Also known as white walnut, it is similar to black walnut. Only its color is lighter and texture is softer. Butternut is a term used in the furniture industry to refer to a type of wood or a specific finish color. Butternut wood, also known as white walnut, is a light to medium brown hardwood that is commonly used in cabinetry and furniture making. It has a straight grain and a smooth texture, often resembling walnut but lighter in color. Butternut wood is prized for its workability and is often used for carving or woodworking projects. Butternut can also refer to a finish color used on furniture. In this context, butternut typically refers to a warm, light brown color that resembles the natural tone of butternut wood. Furniture finished in butternut may have a slightly yellowish or honey hue, giving it a warm and inviting appearance.