Pine has been used to create furniture for centuries, throughout Europe and in the Americas. From ship building to fine cabinets, weathered everyday cottage furniture and Alpine chalets, pine has been used throughout the years as a beautiful and functional wood.
Whilst it is a softer wood than walnut or oak, pine can be used in many diverse ways. It can be carved into elegant and shapely cabinets or used in rustic style tables and chairs to suit a range of tastes. Today, pine can be seen throughout modern and traditional homes worldwide, in bedroom suites, kitchen furniture and living spaces. Wherever pine is placed, it brings a sense of the natural world and of a solid, long-standing wood.
As pine is lighter than other woods, it is a popular choice when it comes to staining and painting, as its blonde hue takes colour much more easily.
That’s why you will find pine in a spectrum of different shades, from white painted to waxed, honey stained and even in dark brown. It brings its own charm to any room and perfectly complements a range of colours.
Whilst it does dent and scratch relatively easily, this distressed finish is often seen as part of its appeal and is a style that is well used in country homes and rustic cottages. Even as it ages, pine furniture is viewed as a beautiful asset to have in the home. It develops a patina that adds to its rustic allure.
The weathered look might be perfect for a more historical feel, but pine can also be stained to replicate more expensive mahogany and walnut woods for a modern effect. In terms of design, we still see the carved pieces reminiscent of the past but contemporary clean-lined pine is becoming ever more popular. On top of this, there is the Mexican Corona style of furniture with its mid-American style and warm tones teamed with solid black fixings.
From Shaker style pieces to an Alpine look, there’s pine to suit every home.
It isn’t just its style that lasts for generations; pine furniture itself, when properly cared for, can last for years to come.