Teak is one of the hardest and most durable woods available. Teak is inherently tight grained, which gives a beautiful smooth surface and appearance. It requires very little care and these characteristics make it the ideal wood for good quality furniture.
Teak, unlike other hard woods such as Oak does not need oiling, staining, painting or lacquering to help maintain its durability. It does however look gorgeous when stained to mid brown tones to give it a darker elegance and beauty. When left unstained, there is a natural rawness to the wood, which beautifies and deepens with age as it develops a silver grey patina when left completely untreated.
This exotic wood is sourced from Indonesia and plantations are controlled by the government agencies. The teak trees found in South-East Asia forests reach a height of up to 150 feet, have reddish-green leaves with rough skin, and heartwood that is brown to dark gold in color. Of the main teak producing regions, Indonesian teak is considered to be of the highest quality in the world.
Indonesia is very committed to preserving the Teak tree through both practical and visionary government programs. It is only through Perum Perhutani (Forestation Company of Government) that Indonesia can supply Teak wood for export. Not only this, but because of the skill of the local woodworkers and artisans, Indonesia produces some of the most unique and interesting furniture products to be found anywhere in the world.
The manufacture of teak furniture and accessories is very eco-friendly. Teak wood simply needs refinement once it has been harvested and trees are a minimum of 40 years old when they are cut down. Additionally the durability of teak furniture allows for a lifetime of use, thus preventing the need to purchase replacement furniture.
Some manufactures prefer to use reclaimed teak wood. Reusing old wood in new ways has become increasingly popular. Reclaimed Teak is as strong and durable as new teak. This old wood looks amazing when fused with modern contemporary designs, and the natural beauty of the wood with its subtle colour variations, tiny cracks and small nail holes, adds warmth and character to your home.
Teak Dining Furniture
The dining room is an extremely sociable room and therefore your dining furniture has to be robust and comfortable. There are many teak-dining ranges available to bring inspiration to your space. Teak is so easy to maintain, which makes it the perfect choice for a room where accidents and spills can happen.
When furnishing your dining room it can look great if you create some contrast. Teak dining tables look very stylish when combined with natural rattan chairs, and with their natural fibres, these will also make for a comfortable dining experience – ideal for long dinner parties with friends. The colours of the natural fibres are not consistently the same, which means that each chair has an individual character. The texture is very different to smooth wood and these chairs bring an exotic feel to your home.
Teak Bedroom Furniture
Contemporary Teak bedroom furniture looks stunning in almost any setting. The simplicity in design combined with beautiful, natural solid wood creates a tranquil, relaxing environment that is essential in the bedroom.
Nothing beats a deep restorative sleep and a beautiful sensual room provides a sanctuary from the fast paced lives that so many of us follow.
Reclaimed teak in particular contains a rich history and appears more beautiful and valuable for its age. Taken from the highest quality sources, the end look is of an exotic, antique piece, which has a natural beauty. Some of the timbers used may be up to 100 years old.
Teak bedroom furniture can come in natural finishes or stained to rich warm tones. Dark furniture can look inviting and sensual when coordinated with coloured bedding, cushions and silk throws.
Coordinating accessories add the finishing touches of style and elegance to any room. In the bedroom it is important to keep a room balanced and your choice of colour can reflect the mood you hope to create. Deep red and dark tones can look very sensual and romantic against the natural solidness of your furniture. Cushions and throws can also help soften the lines of your furniture.
Dark wood furniture enhances any space, adding a warmth and presence, which is both cosy and inspiring, relaxing and tranquil. There is a certain elegance that any dark wood can capture, and a solid robustness that translates itself in rich and welcoming tones.
When changing your interior, try to visualise the effect your furniture can have if dressed with all the right key elements. Your home should whisper ‘Come in kick off your shoes and relax’. Why not create an Indonesian Island of your own! A rich variety of timbers create an air of elegance and delightful ambience. Upholstered chairs and rugs work well in a living room and look spectacular when teamed with a deep pile wool rug and soft floor lighting. Add a splash of vibrant colour with a piece of wall art or a few treasures collected from your own travels.
Adding a little romance to your room is simple when you combine a few basic elements. Colour, light and texture, can be used in subtle hints throughout the space, to create a more intimate and passionate atmosphere. Turn off the overhead lights and use candles instead and lamps to create soft, mood lighting and soften the lines of your furniture.