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What is Reclaimed and Teak Wood?

What is Reclaimed and Teak Wood?

Over the past year we have seen an increased popularity in reclaimed wood and teak wood among furniture makers. There is one small problem with this new trend. Most consumers don’t know what teak or reclaimed wood is. The team at Furniture Crate will help you get to know what teak and reclaimed wood is.
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Reclaimed wood is previously used wood that has bee re-purposed for another use, in many cases furniture and hardwood floors. Most reclaimed wood comes from old and unused building, like old barns. Reclaimed wood has become so popular in the furniture industry because of its physical characteristics. Since no one piece of reclaimed wood is the same, the furniture made out of it is very unique and one of a kind. Since reclaimed wood is repurposed wood, it is very Eco-Friendly! Using reclaimed wood prevents the cutting down of new trees to make furniture.

Teak Wood
Teak Wood comes from a tropical hardwood tree that grows in South East Asia. It was largely used in India before it became popular in America. Teak wood has a yellowish brown color and is known for its great grain & texture. Another great feature of teak wood is that it is termite and pest resistant and is extremely durable.

A lot of furniture makers have started using combination of teak and reclaimed wood. Some of our favorite reclaimed and teak furniture is made by 4 Hands and Classic Home. What are your favorite teak or reclaimed pieces? We would love to know!

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So many colors, so little time!

So many colors, so little time!

There are so many colors to choose from when picking colors for your room, wall, furniture, or accessories.  I recently researched what certain colors mean and found a very good article that clearly states all of our possibilities.

Blue: Do you want to paint your room blue? If so, you´re in good company. Blue is the favorite color of both genders. Depending on the shade, blues relax, soothe, and make us feel more spiritual and centered. Blue is intuitively chosen for bedrooms for just this reason. It also improves productivity, so a good blue might be the right choice for a kids´ rooms where they will be studying.  Blue is also considered to be a clean color, so it works well in bathrooms and laundry areas. Blue seems to work less well in kitchens…maybe harkening back to our primitive instinct to avoid blue foods. When blues are used in connection with food, they can have the effect of suppressing appetite, which could be a good thing if you want to lose weight.

Red: Red has the opposite effect of blue; it increases blood pressure and respiration rate. Red also makes people lose track of time and stimulates appetite. Red is a powerful color so it´s is generally best used as an accent. However, certain shades like orange-red and brown-red may be muted; they are cozy, comforting earth colors like terra cottas, brick, and cinnabar. Using red makes a powerful statement, so red furniture and accessories should be clean and in good condition. Ratty red furniture is likely to look REALLY ratty…not just marginally ratty.

Yellow: Yellow tends to cause more eye fatigue than any other color. It increases metabolism and upsets babies. People also tend to lose their temper more often in yellow rooms. Yellow often makes many people feel cheerful, energetic, and happy. Buttery shades are easier to live with long term than bright, sunflower yellow. The range of yellows is vast and some lend themselves more readily to decorating schemes than others. Yellows also frequently prompt more opinionated feelings than other colors. People who like it, really like it and people who don´t, tend to dislike it intensely.

Green: Greens represent a vast range of natural colors and, for that reason, appeal to many. Like blue, greens tend to calm and relax; it´s a healing color.  For interior color schemes, olive and sage greens seem to be appealing because of their neutral character. Lighter shades of both are easy to live with for a long time. Both combine well with many colors. Dark greens are favored as traditional banker´s colors like burgundy, ruby, and sapphire blue. Yellow greens and muddy greens are relatively unpopular. Chartreuse is one of those colors that delivers a big punch, but gets tiring quickly; as such, it might be better to use it in small doses.

Orange: Oranges are warm, welcoming, and vital. Melon, tangerine, and yellow-orange mango are bright, cheerful, and tend to improve appetite. Used in kitchens, breakfast nooks, and dining rooms, orange shades can be very comfortable.

Black: Do you have a teen who wants to paint their room black? If you find yourself balking, you might be able to head them off at the pass by letting them know that black is a color that denotes submissiveness (i.e., the cleric´s black robes and submission to God). On the other hand, if you are like many, you find black to be timeless, classy, and sophisticated.  Dark colors generally make rooms seem much smaller than they are, so unless you enjoy cocooning, black might not be a great choice for background color especially on walls. Also, painting over black generally takes more than two coats of paint, which makes it a nuisance to cover later. Still, the number of color combinations using black are huge, though some like orange and black tend to have holiday connotations that would be downright irritating year in and out. One current trend is mixing a neutral room with some pieces of black furniture. The effect can be very elegant, and provides a contemporary twist for a traditional room. Black used with a mix of white and brights often looks very modern.

Pink: Pink is an interesting color because it has the cultural associations of being feminine, but it goes farther than that. Research shows that pink rooms reduce angry behavior at least temporarily. Some attempts have been made to use pink in prisons to control aggressive prisoners.  Pink generally is a comfort color and is favored by many for its sweet, childlike appeal. It´s a good choice for a young child´s room; young girls often like pink and lavender combinations.

Grey: Grey tends to enhance creativity, which can make it a good color for offices and studios. Grey is also favored as an executive color. As a neutral, grey provides an unobtrusive background for an infinite number of color combinations.  Greys on walls are often very liveable for a long while, provide an flexible neutral background for furnishings, and can be extremely stylish. Greys can be buttoned down and traditional, modern and contemporary, or beach house friendly.


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Bamboo too

Bamboo too


I am going thru a remodel in my home, as I’m sure many of you are!  I decided to install a hardwood bamboo floor by myself.. My husband is handy, don’t get me wrong, but I love to do home improvements and have taken this project by the reigns.

What I love about the bamboo is not only it’s ability to make a room seem brighter, but that it is sustainable.  What does that mean you ask?  Bamboo is not wood, it is actually grass, and it grows like grass. Even up to 2 feet a day! When it is cut down, it grows from its existing root source and doesn’t need to be replanted, which aids in its quick renewable features.  Not everyone has the ability to change their floor, but many companies make beautiful and designer furniture and linens out of it.  Greenington is one of those companies who embrace everything good about bamboo.  Check out what else we have available for you in bamboo too!