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Design Trend for Spring 2013 – Lots of Reclaimed, Distressed, Antiqued, and Weathered Wood Finishes

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

At the Las Vegas World Market, home of one of the largest home furnishings markets in the world, I recently saw lots of reclaimed and distressed wood finishes.  Reclaimed wood is wood that was used originally for another purpose – barnwood, for example.  The wood is naturally weathered and distressed and often has turned a silvery grey.  When reclaimed wood became popular several years ago it was authentic reclaimed wood.   Now many manufacturers are replicating the look of reclaimed wood by sandblasting, distressing, weathering, and antiquing wood to give it the look of reclaimed wood.

24244 Altair Console Cabinet

The console cabinet above is made from authentic reclaimed wood.  It has a natural, weathered appearance.  This casual, distressed look lends itself to a comfortable, cozy style.

23086 Tehama Small Bench

The versatile bench in the photo above is made from natural fir wood that has been weathered, sanded, and lightly burnished and has been given a light dusty wash.  The appearance is very similar to reclaimed wood.  By replicating the reclaimed appearance manufacturers can be more consistent in their finishes.

25537 Avril end table

Above is an end table made from solid mango wood that has been delicately carved by hand and finished in a glazed almond color with a great deal of distressing.  Its old and weathered look is what gives it character and makes it look like it has been around for many years.

I’ve always told my clients that your home should look like every piece, including furniture, lamps, and accessories, was lovingly collected over a period of many years.  You don’t want it to look like you went into a store and bought a “set” of furniture, or worse yet a “matching set”. These rustic, weathered finishes help to create the feeling that you lovingly collected each one.

If you’d like to see more accent furniture pieces in this casual and comfortable style please visit our Innovations Designer Home Decor online boutique. I’ve personally seen and selected each and every piece.  There are tables, consoles, benches, chests, and chairs, all in either authentic reclaimed wood or in tasteful distressed, antiqued, and weathered finishes.  There’s a great zoom that allows you to see all of the intricate detail.

Please let me know how you like these finishes.  Hope you find something special for your home.

Until next time,


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