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Timber Finishes: Choices and Trends

While selecting a finish for your furniture is mostly an aesthetically driven choice, there is a degree of functionality behind this step of the furniture making process. Understanding the role of a timber finish and why it’s so important will assist you in caring for your product so that it stays newer for longer.

Different colour chairs in a v-formation
Abbey chairs

A timber finish protects the surface from dust, dirt and moisture, preserving the wood. The product we use for our timber finishes seals off the wood, protecting it from absorbing moisture or drying out. It comes in a matt finish to better reflect the look of raw timber, an increasingly popular option in contrast to the previously favoured high gloss effect. When it comes to maintaining your Woodbender wooden furniture, all that is required is a wipe with a damp cloth over the wooden frame. It’s important not to use any chemical or alcohol-based products as this will wear away the seal leaving your furniture vulnerable. 

Our client’s ability to customise their order by selecting a timber finish of their choice is one of the reasons they turn to us for their project needs. All Woodbender designs are crafted from sustainably-sourced solid ash timber and are finished in one of our standard finishes (white, black, natural, oak and walnut) at no extra cost. The colours available in our range have been carefully selected in line with current interior and furniture trends. Should you be working on a large project that requires a custom colour, please get in touch with our sales team to discuss your requirement and they will be able to discuss your options with you. 

Stacked different colour Abbey chairs
Abbey chairs

We understand that selecting a finish for your order can be a daunting process. Each year, you’re met with certain trends which can make deciding on a finish challenging. The important thing to remember is that furniture stain trends come and go. There’s a natural ebb and flow to what is on-trend now versus what was the go-to finish, say, three years ago. Trends gone by will always return. This is why we encourage you to throw any rulebook out when deciding. Go with what feels right for you and your space and keep in mind that any timber finish can work in any style of space if the overall styling is in harmony. 

In terms of mixing timbers and timber finishes in the same space, don’t be hesitant to do it. Sometimes having all of one type of colour and timber in a room can leave it feeling flat and uninteresting. If you’re mixing two or three different timber finishes in one room there are two key ways to keep the look cohesive. Firstly, make sure they all have the same undertones. In other words, they should all be cool or they should all be warm. And then next, use a buffer. Wood placed directly on top of wood can draw attention to their differences. Placing a carpet or rug in between smooths the transition.

Needless to say, with all of this to consider on top of choosing the product style and upholstery fabric, we are here to help you. Our sales team are seating specialists who understand all the different considerations that go into choosing chairs or stools for contract and home applications.

Get in touch with them to discuss your requirements.