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The organic beauty of natural materials

Glory in the character of wood

Wood is a living thing with a wide range of grains, colors, and patterns. Each piece of wood is unique, with its own features and variations.

When you choose a wooden vanity, it’s important to recognize and appreciate the natural variations found in it. They reflect the story of the tree itself, how it grew, its age, and the place it comes from. By honouring those variations, you acknowledge wood as an incarnation of nature, unique in itself.

Color variations

All wood can vary in colour from one piece to the next. Below you can see samples of two 4' × 8' sheets in the same color. That kind of variation is normal, especially for natural woods without stain.

WPA 131 C Frene naturel Natural ash 4x8 Plus Petite Plus Pale2
WPA 131 C Frene naturel Natural ash 4x8 Plus Petite Autre Pattern3

Grain pattern variations

Some colors have a subtle, straight, uniform grain, while others are chosen for their contrasting grain patterns. Below: panel placement on a 4' × 8' sheet and its effect on the look of the front.

WPA 131 C Frene naturel Natural ash 4x8 Plus Pale CNC3
Drawer fronts cut from two different sections on a 4' × 8' sheet
WPA 131 C Frene naturel Natural ash 4x8 Plus Petite Facade1 7
Drawer front #1
WPA 131 C Frene naturel Natural ash 4x8 Plus Petite Facade2 4
Drawer front #2

Wood aging

Aging refers to the natural processes that affect wood when it’s exposed to light, humidity, air, and changes in temperature. Over time, it causes a certain degree of oxidation that can affect the appearance of the wood.

Oiled Walnut WW-201-C color is particularly susceptible to oxidation. You can expect minor differences in color between what you see in the store and what you receive. Over time, the color will become richer and warmer, like a good wine as it matures.

Bois porte contemporaine
Oiled walnut drawer front pre-oxidation
Bois porte contemporaine Oxyde4
Oiled walnut drawer front post-oxidation

Natural marks

All our wood colors can have light to moderate ripples that create a flame effect against the grain. Knots and darker marks may also be seen, particularly in our high variation colors.

Effet Flamme
Wood with flame effects
Marques Naturelles3
Natural marks seen mainly in our high variation woods (see below)

Three variation levels depending on your preferences

To simplify your choice of colours, we group them into three variation levels.

SLIGHT variations

Conservative choice for maximum consistency and a more conventional look.

Grain: subtle

Pale to dark contrast: slight

Natural marks:

Suggested design:
All designs, especially transitional, rustic/classic and floor-mount contemporary.

MODERATE variations

The sweet spot between understated and adventurous, for a natural look free of extreme contrasts.

Grain: moderate

Pale to dark contrast:

Natural marks:
light to moderate

Suggested design:
Contemporary, small home or industrial

HIGH variations

The bold option for those who love the natural look of wood and believe the uniqueness of each piece is what makes it special.

Grain: pronounced, often in plank effect styles

Pale to dark contrast:

Natural marks:

Suggested design:
Contemporary or industrial, especially wall-mount furniture and small surfaces.

Design tips for high variation colors

Because of their strong personalities, we recommend these colors for understated wall-mount furniture with small visible surfaces. A high-variation color on a floor-mount vanity with multiple drawers could quickly overwhelm the rest of the design, especially if the grain is vertical.

Fuzion Sans metal bleu Frene HR RGB Crop5
Suggested application: wallmount furniture, small area
Essentia 01 Contemporain HR CMYK Frene Crop
Not recommended: vertical grain, floor-mount, large surfaces

See our wood colors

Click here to see our wood colors categorized by degree of variation, from slight to high.