Pine furniture is affordable, looks fresh and sold in virtually any sort of interior. This type boasts an increased environmental friendliness, since the pine wood is exposed to lower chemical treatment during the production. These are just a couple of reasons that make pine furniture deservedly popular, and a closer look reveals even more positive moments. So let us uncover the microscope, initiate a 3D overview of pine furniture in modern and trendy interiors, and pay close attention to a variety of possible pine combinations, its noteworthy strong suits and mistakes to avoid when creating an interior look and feel.
Pine furniture is overwhelmingly designed as massive constructions, with thick, typically up to 2 inches, tops, shelves and legs. This is explained by the nature of the pine wood – very soft and pretty loose; thin and graceful articles are out of its purpose scope.
Thus, for example, oak furniture, being a dense hardwood, allows carving lovely tables with cabriole thin shelves that keep the weight off, while the table made of pine must have a thick table top and thick strong legs to ensure strength and manage the load safely and carefully.
For this reason, pine furniture is oftentimes associated with protozoan design – concise forms, the minimum or complete absence of fretwork and so on. Yet this is neither a tradition, nor a trend, but rather a rational and efficient use of pine properties. Therefore, pine furniture is almost always more massive, bulky and having less usable area than hardwood or modern synthetic pieces of furniture.
Good news for some or bad for others – it’s just a fact to take into consideration. For example, if you have a tiny apartment with heaps of things to keep in order, just bear in mind that a drawer made of pine will accommodate less things than an oak or even chipboard alternative of the same external dimensions as.
Massive furniture made of pine defines another its quality – weight. Pine furniture is quite heavy, so if you are looking to move your coffee table or chairs on a regular basis make sure the floor will not suffer from scratching.
Tip: Glue the special pads to furniture legs to make the furniture glide smoothly and protect your flooring from scratching.
The aesthetic components
The external and stylistic characteristics shall fall in our focus of attention. The wardrobe pictured below grants an opportunity to consider the essential properties of pine furniture.
Perhaps, the first thing that strikes the eye is color irregularity. Pine wood has a very heterogeneous structure: contrasting stripes, dark spots on knots, etc. All this is reflected in the color of the finished furniture if it is genuine (minimally processed) or just lacquered with varnish.
Pine furniture with minimal processing (grinding or light painting) looks very natural, associated with forest houses, cottages and even saunas (hope that wasn’t the worst of associations). Naturally, pine furniture pieces may often represent central elements in country-style and rustic style interiors, radiating naturalness, simplicity and freshness.
It should be borne in mind that the more furniture is gathered in the room, the more noticeable it becomes; even a pressuring sensation of ‘too much furniture’ may arise. Despite the natural light of golden color, it occupies square inches in a ‘special’ way. This applies particularly to cabinets made of pine. But again, if you put a wardrobe in, say, a 14-meter bedroom, it will immediately devour a half of its area. Be careful when selecting pine wood furniture: the entire picture is better achieved through merging pine and less visually heavy materials.
Generally, when pine furniture is dominating in the design of a room, it really becomes too noticeable, even if it is not too tall and bulky. Check the photos below – a good number of pine furniture makes the area look stuffy.
Maybe the point of view is quite subjective, but the rooms up to 20 square meters should ideally feature up to 3 pieces of furniture made of pine.
When talking about color aspects, pine furniture looks particularly great in bright design concepts: it doesn’t stand out from the entire picture, doesn’t attract too much attention and successfully plays the role of an accent color (golden color of pine is very friendly with the blue color and crème colors). Just have a look at the marvelous play of shades and tones, forming a genuinely harmonious look in the bedroom.
Pine furniture is placed on the background of warm beige-crème wall here. The result is a visual unity – the beauty of the inhomogeneous wood merges in aesthetic ecstasy with the entire composition. Compare with the photo below:
Pine furniture looks equally good with both pastel and saturated background. The photo to the left reflects clearly that pine furniture is perfectly compatible with rich, simple colors of summer palette. In general, the less processed the material is (mild processing or transparent lacquer covering), the better its natural golden colors are preserved and the more consistently it will. Typically, choosing the background for a more toned pine would be a more complicated mission.
However, complex, heterogeneous, powdered and aged colors are bad partners for furniture made of pine. You can see it in the photo: what a magnificent pine section, but it loses its magic due to background colors and poor lighting. Two heterogeneous entities placed side by side, often jamm with each other, which is what happened here. Notice the way the section contrasts with the floor-rich terracotta color. The fact should be also underlined that pine may deal with tint well and depending on the type of treatment it may acquire caramel, chocolate brown and other hues.
Pine interior style
Let us now look at the stylistic features pine furniture. Again, pine furniture is oftentimes constructed in country and rustic style. Well, of course, there are myriads of options to choose from, and country style is truly rich in versions and variations.
Does it follow that the pine furniture in country-style should appear in country interiors only? Strictly speaking, no. Theoretically, the country-furniture can be incorporated into modern interiors. But in practice it turns out to be incredibly difficult to come up with a successful examples.
In the photo above you can see one of the bad examples of combining modern and country styles. Decent pine furniture, what a marvelous sense of rustic! Beautiful rugs. Excellent floor. However, it is quite alien to this style of wall decoration – the niche of totally modern design. The room does not look consistent, but at the same time it neither looks elaborately-eclectic. Just furniture and rugs do not fit with the walls.
So, here is a bunch of useful tips for you that will help you to select pine furniture in country-style without enduring the entire interior in country-style:
- Pine furniture does not like achromatic environment – add saturated colors to the interior
- Pine furniture is nicely complimented by green houseplants – try adding two or three plants
- Pine furniture does not fit with modern minimalism, soften your interior
Again, the task to build pine furniture in country-style or modern interior is tough and requiring a sophisticated sense of style. Alternatively, a simpler way is to make a choice in favor of modern pine furniture, typically affordable and looking gorgeous in modern interiors. Just check an awesome example, closing our today talks.