Wood You Rather: Your Guide to Wood Textures

When it comes to choosing the right wood for your project, whether that’s a barn door or an accent wall, color is just one factor. Texture, or the details in the unique grain patterns of wood, can drastically affect the style of your home. Below is your guide to wood textures and what to know when deciding which wood is the right fit for your style.

Grain

To keep it simple, when talking about wood textures, you’re usually going to examine the grain. These are the lines, or the pattern of growth, within the wood. Here are a few examples:

  • Straight Grain- wood that has a vertical pattern of lines
  • Spiral Grain- wood that follows a left or right twist in the grain pattern
  • Wavy Grain- wood that has a consistently changing direction in the grain

Pine

Pine is one of the most common choices for all kinds of projects. It’s considered one of the most versatile kinds of wood, and it resists shrinking/swelling. It’s lightweight, which makes it easy to transport and install, and with age, it only becomes more attractive. As a straight-grained wood, pine has a seamless texture that can neutralize the background, like Chestnut or Overcast, allowing other features of the home to stand out. However, pine wood can also have dark knots, which could create an appealing contrast in the home, like with Fog or Autumn.

Cedar

Usually, the first thing you notice about Cedar is its distinct smell, but with a trained eye, you’ll notice much more. These trees grow slowly, which gives them knotty, blended wood textures, and its grain can be straight, wavy, or completely irregular, which offers a unique selection. This wood is incredibly flexible, and can be found from anywhere in the Himalayas to parts of North America. This wood is resistant to warping and it naturally repels insects, which makes it ideal for home projects. For a smoother, more neutral texture, Mocha or Gunmetal are great choices, but for more contrast or highlighted streaking, Charcoal or Expresso would be the perfect fit.