Dark, saturated wood finishes have dominated public spaces for a long time, and they remain a popular choice everywhere from ultra-modern hotels to neighborhood pubs. However, if you’ve been reading Hotel Business Design, a new trend is coming to shake up the design world. Pale hardwoods and both warm- and cool-toned finishes are popping up everywhere from corporate offices to lounges.
Gaining Popularity: Light Wood Tones
Why? Lighter to medium finishes give a chic, natural feel to a space by allowing the grain patterns and knots in the wood to shine through. The effect can feel casual and rustic or bright and cheerful depending on how the wood’s used.
They are also practical. Pale woods can open up a room. They maximize the available light. Unlike all-white spaces, which can feel cold and clinical, wooden-influenced designs feel welcoming and relaxing. Finally, the right wood can be more durable than its dark-stained counterpart. Scuffs are nearly invisible because the finish and the wood underneath are the same color.
You can showcase the natural beauty of the surroundings by including creamy, pale Maple from the American northeast, mimic driftwood in the northwest with clever use of stains and distressing, or update country charm in the south with a quality Pecan.
Light Woods in the Hospitality Space
Consider furniture sets and quirky accessories like custom barn doors that elegantly divide a room into public and private space. Look for clean lines and simple yet solid construction, which simultaneously keeps costs down and showcases these beautiful woods to their best advantage.
Even small, decorative items can add a splash of welcoming warmth and a visual focus to a room. These include picture frames, decorative mirrors, and mirror frames, handcrafted statuettes by local artisans, and functional items like wooden fruit bowls.
Interested in using light wood tones in your designs? A Spacia Group representative can help you make the best selections for framing your art and mirrors, to even creating a unique barn door for your space.
Or do you need help creating artwork to complement the wood tones in your space? Start talking with the Spacia Group art team today.
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