Naked Wood: A Natural Trend in Home Furnishings

by Leona Gaita

Today we are once again joined by Leona Gaita, Interior Design Expert and Contributor. Leona shares with us her inspiring ideas and advice to help us enrich our homes and lives with beauty and elegance.

There’s something afoot… An organic new trend… I wonder if the FCC knows about it! I wonder if your grandmother would approve! Wood furniture that’s STARK NAKED without a stitch of paint or stain, and barely a lick of wax or sealer! It’s out and about where decent people and young children can see it! It’s everywhere! It’s a scandal! …IT’S VERY FRESH!!

Des. Work Inc. oval french curve dining

This look is popping up in every category from the most classic French traditional styles, to ultra modern and everything in between. The trend goes hand in hand with the green movement, and is an expression of a reverence for the beauty of the natural world.

I think it’s also a backlash against the extremely dark, almost black wood finishes that have been so popular. Starkly black being replaced with stark naked! That’s how the style pendulum swings.

antoinette daybed zentique

Very often the classic French pieces are paired with undyed linen and other organic fabrics. This is the Antoinette Daybed from Zentique.

valencia chair form shine home

The Valencia Dining Chair from Shine Home is a classic Gothic Revival Wheelback chair, but the natural state of the wood gives it a modern twist.

bob church console

From Bobo Intriguing Objects, their Church Console Table takes a traditional turned leg table, and makes it into something quite new with iron supports and a raw wood finish.

cain natural limed oak desk arteriors

I love this Campaign Desk from Arteriors. Indeed, the washed out finish makes it look as if it’s been through a few wars. Very charming!

essex dining table shine home

The Essex Dining Table from Shine Home has very up-to-the-minute geometric details in the leg design. That is a serious (very naked) slab of wood!

West Elm Raw Wood Coffee Table

West Elm is in on the trend too with their Raw Wood Coffee Table. The naturally occurring high contrast in the wood grain gives this minimalistic piece all the ornamentation it needs.

daphne glass natural display atreriors

Daphne Glass and Natural Wood Display Cabinet. I love the airy feel of this piece, which is enhanced by the natural wood finish.

arteriors maning 6 light

From Arteriors, the Maning Six Light Natural Wood Chandelier. This piece looks very original and unique to me. Wood is not commonly used in chandeliers, let alone natural unfinished wood.

bastille lounge chair zentique

Can’t get more traditional than this French Bergere Chair from Zentique. They call it the Bastille Lounge Chair. So I guess if you’re in the Bastille, you don’t get stain on your furniture. Just wax! That’s your punishment!! But seriously folks, I think the natural look on this chair really sings.

The rugged unfinished wood combined with iron gives this piece from Design Workshop Incorporated an interesting industrial look. It’s a great piece for an urban kitchen.

kitchen rolling crt des. wkshp inc.

Here are some fabulous naked wood accent pieces:

10121 W Butterfly Joint Acacia Wood Stool by roost Largemu de & li
revival garden & home Casablanca 3 Drawer chestmu design & living solid collection

Whether it’s an elegantly curved and carved traditional Bergere chair, or an abstractly sculptured geometric table base, the beauty of natural, naked wood speaks for itself. In this high tech age of steel and plastics, it seems that wood, the most time honored, versatile and renewable furniture material in the world, has found a way to be cutting edge…yet again!

What do you think of this naked wood trend?

Leona GaitaLeona Gaita has an infectious enthusiasm for interior design that she shares with us, with her clients and with the readers of her popular blog, Gaita Interiors.

With a lifelong involvement in the fine arts and design, Leona designs for Gaita Interiors, a staple of the local community for over 40 years, serving Larchmont, Westchester County and the New York metropolitan area.

All furnishings are available through Gaita Interiors (914) 834-8282.

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5 Comments for “Naked Wood: A Natural Trend in Home Furnishings”

Three cheers for this trend!

Once again, Leona, in describing a trend you find the examples that make ‘the new new thing’ compelling. WHY would I want to buy what used to be called “unfinished” furniture? I can easily imagine the Campaign Desk or Antoinette Chaise sharing my home harmoniously with the mid-century modern, Biedermeier and transitional elements here already. Thank you for this enlightening post!

And a big thank you to for bringing us Leona’s sense and sensibility via this interesting “guest” spot!

Very beautiful. I really like this trend. Makes me think about having some old pieces of furniture stripped.

Diana and Caitlin,

It’s an intriguing trend that Leona brought our attention to. The pieces seem so light and fresh, I can see them working in many settings.

Thanks for stopping by,
— Kathy

Good idea Nancy. I think the light linen on some of the upholstered pieces is a wonderful complement to the “naked” wood.

I appreciate your comments,

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