Love Dark Hardwood? Why You May Want to Reconsider
Spaghetti straps, choker necklaces, denim on denim… Yes, it's clear by walking the streets of New York City that the '90s are back. And with interiors loyally treading not far behind from the latest fashion trends—we've already seen the resurgence of velvet, denim textiles, and minimalism—we can only expect more ghosts from interiors past to make an appearance in our near future.
Picture a kitchen with birch cabinets and you may think you've fallen back 20 years. Blame it on the rising popularity of IKEA in the '90s, but blond wood was a seriously coveted commodity. Then, in the aughts, it more or less disappeared, making space for darker hardwood trends and grayed-out washes. Blondes, in the early 2000s did not have more fun—at least as far as interiors were concerned. But as everything that goes around comes around, birch wood tones slowly plotted their comeback, along with monochrome rooms and wrinkled linens. Like the Calvin Klein model of interiors, these blondies are going to be everywhere in 2017. Take a tour down memory lane, and weigh in on whether this comeback kid is here to stay.
With the resurgence of black and white décor, blond wood is an easy fix to instantly warm up a space. Mix in a few denim pillows and throw in a gas fireplace, and a modern space will instantly look cozy and casual—just like an off-duty model.
Those who haven't updated their hardwood floors since the '90s will rejoice—birch is back. But the new birch has a more honed and matte finish. Tone on tone is also big with the blond-wood trend this year, so go wild and mix in organic textures and patterns.
We're also seeing more furniture getting the birch treatment. In this all-white bedroom, the blond wood canopy bed frames the room and casts a warm halo around the space.
The blond-wood trend blends particularly well with another one of our favorites: camel leather. In Mjolk owners Juli and John Baker's Toronto home, the two finishes were repeated, creating a calming tonal interior. While the colors are similar, the textures are different—perfect for the color-averse.
Birch tones are making a comeback not only in floors and furniture, but in bathrooms as well. This his-and-hers vanity shines in contrast with the cool neutral space—effectively warming up a modern décor.
Kitchens are getting the birch treatment too, with cabinets that aren't painted—just stained in an ultra-matte finish. But don't be fooled, these chic cabinets are a far cry from ready-made '90s kitchens.