What Color Is Cherry Wood
Judy Jacob | Aug 6, 2018
What color is cherry wood? That is a really good question, especially since less expensive woods such as pine are often stained to resemble cherry. Therefore, the table that you always thought was cherry wood might have actually been plain pine with a cherry colored stain on it.
So what color is cherry, for real? That depends on what part of the tree it comes from. The heartwood is a rich, warm reddish brown. Natural cherry wood can have small imperfections, such as resin pockets and brown pith fleck. The sapwood is a creamy white. Both will darken with age. The result is a rich, warm-toned wood that can be made into beautiful table tops or veneer for lesser woods.
By contrast, a cherry colored stain can give ordinary pine or fire a warm color tone, but it will not introduce the rich side-by-side color changes inherent in the real wood. Real cherry wood is beautiful stuff, so it’s no wonder people might want to make other woods look similar to it. But now that you know, you will be able to judge for yourself whether a chair or table is made from real cherry wood or whether it’s a lesser wood that has been stained to make it look like cherry.
Both choices can make beautiful furniture, and the stained pine or fur can have interesting wood grain patterns. Your awareness of the difference, however, can help when you are looking for that “just right” furniture piece to complete a room’s furnishings.
Cherry is a hardwood that can be used to make many different beautiful things. It’s often prized as bedroom suites or to make formal dining tables. It does a good job as a load-bearing wood, so it’s also useful when making chairs or benches. Finally, with its interesting patterns and imperfections, it’s a wonderful wood to use to create artworks that depend on an interesting wood grain.
“What if?” Cherry Wood Art
This cherry wood art piece brings a “what if” question with it to get you to think what you are thankful for. The dark red base works well with many wood tones on the wall, standing more pronounced the lighter the wall is. With its religious text, it can stand out in a house entrance area presenting the question to all that enter.
This hardwood floor has a rich light tone which gives a natural floor feeling and brings out your darker tone furniture. The low gloss levels ensure that it will not reflect light back up at you and can blend your lighting seamlessly with the floor. The protective coating will help keep the natural redwood color from fading or scratching with use.
This bench has black legs with a cherry wood seat on it able to work well with a light-toned environment or stonework under it. The shaker leg style allows this bench to be able to hold a solid weight without losing stability. Even if not used for sitting, the solid wood top has an ideal color to hold your potted plants and bring notice to them.
This Arnemuiden end table has a dark tone cherry wood finish, letting it work well against any mild to dark sofa end. Standing on a light floor, this piece stands out pronounced with its two open shelves in the end table large enough for books or collectibles. The 38-pound weight helps make sure that it doesn’t slide when needed to present your décor.
This credenza is made with a light-toned cherry wood with three decorated doors in the front. The cherry wood coloring will work well with many light wood toned floorings. Made of solid wood, this piece can hold a great deal of weight so it may want some padding under its four legs. The floral design on the front of each door brings a humble feeling to any room.
Cherry Vanity Set
The Vanity set has a lighter cherry tone wood base and foundation with a granite stone top. This allows this piece to work well against a lighter bathroom wall and floor. With two sinks built-in, there’s enough room for people at this vanity set. It mounts five drawers in the center and two swinging doors on each side ideal for your storage needs.
With a dark cherry wood finish, this table sits well on a light surface which will make it pronounced and eye-catching. Sitting at counter height this table is compact in size with an open base allowing stools to be slid under for easy storage. With a mix of solid wood built into the table, it can handle a decent weight upon it during dining hours.
The bar stool has a dark wood tone with a black cushion on it making this piece fit perfectly with your dark under shelf areas. The backless stool has a square base giving it one large contact spot with the floor unlike four legs to give greater stability without adding weight. As the seat is made of black leather, this piece will add to a room with leather sofas or recliners.
This bench has a distressed look giving an aged appearance to the cherry finishing. Built to hold 250 pounds, this bench is strong enough for both indoor and outdoor use. The mixed color tones allow this piece to work well with stone floors or grounds with different coloring in it, or in your yard.
This dark wood side table is perfect to hold magazines or books in its center basket. It’s great to work with a dark toned floor and light-colored furniture, both overstuffed or rattan. The table is built sturdy fully out of wood with no metal and can hold twenty pounds. The firm base legs are great to settle in thick carpeting.