Cherry Bedroom Furniture
Colors, style and care
Cherry bedroom furniture is popular because its warm, rich tones can add to a bedroom's cozy look. It's also a timeless look; the solidity and quality of cherry can make a brand new piece of furniture look like an antique. However, many people don't realize that cherry's warm color isn't present in the wood when the tree is felled.
Like many things (and people), cherry gets better with age, and the distinctive reddish color of cherry only appears as the wood gets older. Newly cut cherry wood is light, and may even have blond streaks through it. The wood may then be stained to a darker color or simply left to naturally darken with age.
The stereotypical image of cherry wood furniture is a dining-room set: a table with five or six chairs and a highly polished surface. However, although cherry lends itself well to such formal pieces, cherry bedroom furniture demonstrates the wood's versatility. Cherry bedroom furniture could be anything from a dark-wood wardrobe in antique French style, to a rich-toned sleigh bed with correspondingly curvy sideboards. Cherry even works well for children's bunk beds, because of its sturdiness.
Choosing cherry bedroom furniture
Remember that cherry comes in many different shades, so you can match the shade to the style you're aiming for. As a general rule, antique-style cherry bedroom furniture should be in darker shades, while contemporary cherry pieces should be lighter. Think about the size of your bedroom when you choose your cherry wood furniture, as a smaller room may be overpowered by large, dark, imposing pieces. Match darker woods with a lighter color scheme, choosing ivory or even crisp white as the signature shade. Green works surprisingly well with cherry bedroom furniture too. If you choose lighter, more modern cherry wood pieces, you can have a little more fun with the décor, choosing spring shades such as lilac, pink or yellow.
Caring for your cherry bedroom furniture
Central heating is the enemy of wooden furniture, so you need to reduce its drying effects as much as possible. The obvious first step is to move your cherry wood furniture as far away from radiators as possible. Lemon oil is good for protecting hardwoods such as cherry from drying out. Spray it onto a dry cloth and dab it sparingly onto the wood. Leave it for a few minutes, and then wipe it off with a clean, dry cotton cloth. You should also keep your cherry furniture out of direct sunlight.
As for keeping it clean, dusting with a soft, dry cloth should do the trick, but you may need to give it a deeper clean every now and again. Murphy Oil Soap is one of the most popular products for cleaning hardwoods. Follow the instructions on the label.