2018 Trend Alert: Against the Grain

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This fall trend is all about lightening the mood with light color wood! Forget about dark wood and deep wood stains, this trend is about embracing the light to bring a fresh breath of air into your environment. From home décor to lighting and furniture, there are endless possibilities to embrace the light wood trend. When you bring elements of the light wood trend into your home, you create a space with comfort and elegance.



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First common in the 1980s and 1990s, light wood has made a transformation in the design world and is completely on trend for today’s interiors. With natural wood elements and sleek finishes, light wood accents makes any space appear more sophisticated and modern. Choose to go against the grain and complete your room with light wood pieces for a refresh of an otherwise dark space.



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Large furniture pieces like cabinetry and tables are where the majority of the visual weight in a room come from. If your room is feeling heavy and dark, try switching out the darkest piece in the room with a light wood finished item to instantly brighten the room. For a dining room, try the Phillips Scott Home Greene Cupboard to serve as both a serving buffet and storage piece for plates and serveware. In a living room, display cabinets like the Phillips Scott Home Bowler Display Cabinet or the Dovetail Furniture 4 Door/2 Part Cabinet can help change the entire look of a room by bringing in elegant light wood detail.



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Another way to lighten a room with light colored wood is to change out seating options. Chairs with a light wood finish serve to brighten a space and balance the room visually. Switch out the typical dark chairs for a set of light chairs like the Phillips Scott Home St. Germain Chair or Aidan Gray Home High Point Occasional Chair in Nantucket Gray & Cloud for instant elegance in your dining room. For more casual seating options, you can choose the Phillips Scott Home Cayman Chair for a modern look that stands out.



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Lighting plays a huge role in setting the tone for a room, and choosing a lighting piece complete with light wood is sure to create a space that is sophisticated and refreshing. Chandeliers are the epitome of elegance, and placing one above a dining table creates a space of high class. Select the Arteriors Lighting Geoffrey Small Chandelier or Currey & Company Lighting Beachhouse Chandelier for a simple lighting option that evokes understated refinement. For sconce lighting, the Regina Andrew Design Lighting Bent Arm Pinup Sconce features stunning light wood detailing in a classic silhouette that seamlessly blends with any interior style. Looking for a statement lighting piece? The Regina Andrew Design Lighting Wood Lattice Lantern or Currey & Company Lighting Eufaula Lantern showcase old world charm with a modern European twist. You can also enjoy the light wood trend with floor and table lamps like the Wildwood Lighting Fluted Column Floor Lamp or the Wildwood Lighting Gearwheel Lamp.

Adding light wood tones to your interior gives you the pleasure of natural textures while lightening and brightening your space. For more home accents, custom furniture pieces and designer lighting, browse our Against the Grain trend.


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