Go Dark: Black Stain + Shou Sugi Ban
See why we're loving this dark trend for Spring!
We're loving a dark stain at the moment! You might be wondering why we're loving such a dark trend as temperatures rise, but it brings more warmth (and sophistication) than you think!
Why do we love it? The visible woodgrain adds a layer of texture and warmth that you don't get with a clean painted finish. It's refreshing to mix it up, even though a paint finish is gorgeous too! As the wood grain shows through, you'll see that it has a really organic feel to it!
You can't beat the contrast and depth a black stain brings to a space. Rich dark tones in flooring or furniture can really bring out natural beauty and elevate a design to a higher end look. Every space needs some kind of focal point and creating natural contrast is a beautiful way to do it.
We can't talk about dark stains without addressing the Japanese method of Shou Sugi Ban. This method is basically charring your wood in order to prevent fires, insects, and rotting. It's not just stained wood!
Anthony Esteves and partner Julie O’Rourke of The Soot House, have used this method in the most beautiful way. Esteves restored a 1700's home in Cape Cod, and used this method to create a finish that would sustain and stand out. The result couldn't be more perfect!!
We're especially excited about this method because we'll be using it in one of our future projects.
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Not ready to commit? Try the trend out with a piece of furniture!
I’m excited to see what you guys will do with this. I’ve been coveting Shou Sugi Ban Method since I first discovered it a couple years ago.
That’s amazing, Gigi!!! SO glad you love it too, can’t wait to show you.
I love the idea of black stained cabinets. You don’t have to worry about paint chipping.
Do you know if the wood has to be raw/unpainted to start? Was curious if you could do this to an already painted exterior. Thanks!
Hi! We’re not experts, we hire on for our finishing jobs. We’d recommend doing some research for local services!
I’ve done a bit of research on this method. I don’t think you can use painted wood. The authentic method would treat the wood before it is hung. Boards are connected with open space in the middle for the fire to travel and char the wood. I did see some references to a modified version using a blow torch. The original method has additional benefits to the look. The wood becomes weather proofed and insect resistant. Very interesting art.