Post by Stacey Walker. Stacey mostly works behind the scenes for Walker Woodworking, managing day to day operations, and marketing. Stacey has helped many clients create their dream space.

Is Stained Wood Popular Again?

Working in the woodworking business for over twenty years has taught us a few things about design trends especially when it comes to wood. Time and time again, homeowners return to the natural beauty of wood that is stained. Not painted but left in its natural state with just a simple coating of protection or a soft stain that works with the wood to enhance the beauty already there. It is true that bold colors are trending this year and influencing all areas of the home including cabinet design but it is not the only trend for 2023. Nature is a source of design inspiration for many individuals and what better representation of that than in wood, a stunning work of nature? It works with any number of styles and adds character to every area it is used. Let’s talk about the different ways you can create a stunning design using one of nature’s finest elements.

Natural wood

Opting to use natural wood is not only a beautiful choice but smart since it is one of the highest quality building materials, prized for its durability and versatility. Another big plus is the fact that it is a sustainable choice. When it comes to design, natural wood is often seen in kitchens and baths but it is certainly not limited to those areas. They can be used throughout the home to add character and charm such as an accent wall from reclaimed wood and live edge dining room tables to floating shelves in the laundry room. Mudrooms have benefited from the look of natural wood as they provide storage solutions with class. Home offices that utilize natural wood create a calm atmosphere that aids in productivity and focus. Opting for a natural stain on your wood preserves its authenticity but also protects it against the everyday wear and tear such as the oil from our hands and liquid spills especially in areas like the kitchen and bathroom. Stains come in a range of hues which lets you add a little color to the wood or you can go with a clear coat. No matter what area of the home they are used, natural wood brings warmth and elegant texture that instantly makes a house feel inviting for everyone. If you want a nature inspired design in your home then natural wood is the perfect option for you. Browse places like Pinterest and Houzz to find some inspiration ideas that you can share with your designer.

Cerused oak

Oak has been a staple in home design, from cabinets to furniture but in the last decade it has received a major transformation from the traditional warm tone. Cerused oak has become a popular choice in the kitchen and bath world due to the preservation of the natural wood grain. This look is achieved by using the unique finishing technique of opening the grain so that it can accept the desired color. To read more details about the actual process you can read our blog here. Cerused oak can be used throughout the home but is especially popular in kitchens and bathrooms. It possesses an elegance and characteristic charm that works well with a variety of styles. This option can be used completely in a design or paired with painted cabinets for a beautiful contrast. One benefit of choosing oak as your cabinet wood is that it tends to be on the lower level of cost when it comes to wood species and when it is cerused, the traditional oak becomes extraordinary. This option can give you more for your money while delivering a stunning and creative custom expression for your home. It comes in a range of various shades that run from dark to light meaning it can integrate very easily with your personal color preferences. If you want a wood that goes outside of the traditional scope of design, cerused oak is a great option for your home.

Rubio stain

With 40 colors and counting at your disposal, Rubio staining has gained in popularity over the last few years with both homeowners and designers alike. The broad range of use throughout the home in multiple facets makes it prized for functionality as well as its color palette. Every wood needs a finish whether that is a clear coat or fully painted cabinets. Rubio has risen to become the top choice and the final results make it easy to understand why. Rubio is a hard-wax oil finish that permeates the wood that gives protection while at the same time letting you still enjoy the unique grains found in the wood. This instantly provides texture to your cabinets and gives a beautiful visual interest to your cabinets. It is also a durable finish which means your cabinets will continue to look fabulous for years to come. For homeowners who prefer to avoid stains that may leave behind an odor since Rubio is made from natural plant oils. This is an environmentally friendly choice as well because it has no VOC’s which stands for volatile organic compounds that are emitted into the air from products and processes which can be harmful. Projects completed with a Rubio staining are always a delight as we can testify to from the many we have designed and assembled over the years. If you want to add a touch of color to your home in an environmentally friendly way, Rubio is the way to go.

Two toned wood design

Color is one of the biggest and usually funnest aspects of cabinet design. Sometimes it can be difficult to know which one to choose, which is why some homeowners opt for two, a pairing of wood and paint color. Two toned kitchens are often the number one example of this, especially white and wood. Dark woods paired with white create a striking contrast while a softer wood such as quarter sawn white oak makes it more warm and inviting. Others decide on a bold color choice coupled with a Rubio stained island. Some take this design choice into other areas of the home such as the bathroom by selecting a light countertop to go with their natural wood stained vanities. This is a wonderful way to break up a monochromatic color scheme and add the warmth and beauty of nature to your design. Two toned looks great in mudrooms and home offices as well. Talk to your designer about utilizing a two toned option in your home.

Is wood popular again?

Wood will continue to remain on the top of building material choices especially for the intimate and everyday pieces of our home. Its durability and strength lend so much to the overall design of the space and its versatility is hard to beat. From color to various cuts, it can transform a space into a stunning work of art that will stand the test of time. Our team is dedicated to the craftsmanship that is demanded by nature’s finest asset in order to give you the best your home deserves. Be sure to browse our project galleries to see what we have done and find some inspiration for your upcoming project.