Sunday, May 2, 2010
The Rustic and Nostalgic Feel of Barnwood Furniture
Barnwood furniture will fit perfectly with houses that are built to celebrate nature or the great outdoors. Whether it is a fishing cabin, a log home in the countryside or a mountain lodge, the rustic feel and style of barn wood furniture will surely compliment the personality and characteristic of that home.
To those who do not know, barnwood got its name because the wood is literally taken from old barn homes that were built at the turn of the century. Barnwood was initially used as a necessity because of the shortage of milled woods; it then became popular because of its rustic and nostalgic appeal. And because it is from old barns from the last century, it is especially endearing to Americans who love the western and cowboy culture.
Nowadays, even if there are still barnwood furniture items that are uniquely built from recycled logs, there are many pieces that were built with woods that have been distressed and weathered to match the rustic look of an old barnwood. After all, there are just a number of original barns left to supply us with barnwood.
But whether it is an original or simulated barnwood, the most important characteristic is the old-look that makes it very endearing. It should have the look of a wood that has endured many harsh conditions over time like from the searing heat of sun to the chilling cold of winters, the wood should look like it has seen it all.
That essentially is the beauty of barnwood. It has the feel of a wide old friend who has been through it all and now represents strength and stability.