That’s why, when many of us furnished our first homes, paler wood furniture felt like a breath of fresh air. Then, more recently, we all fell for the way that Scandinavian homes used limed or blond timbers to create supremely serene schemes. No wonder, then, that pale wood has become interesting; and dark has been left in the shadows.
But the beauty of developing your own interiors style is that you can reassess old preconceptions and make up your own mind, dipping into different styles, eras and traditions for inspiration.
That’s why we can find ourselves drawn back to the allure of darker woods like stained oak. Take the Darkened Oak Arundel table and benches. Same quality of oak, same craftsmanship and same shape as the original, Natural Oak version – just a darker finish. The tone seems to add to the richness of the grain and gives the design a whole new depth of character. So what is the allure of the darker side and how are trends changing?