In kitchen design we are seeing a leaning away from stark whites, and a leaning towards more tonal whites, especially paired with natural, true brown, lighter stained woods. With this resurgence in stains comes the rise of Quarter-Sawn White Oak (QSWO). This is an oak cut to show more of a straight grain (vs the cathedraling grain pattern of traditional oak). This is accomplished by cutting slabs of wood from the tree radiating out from the center of the tree, instead of straight through the center with successive parallel cuts. Below is an illustration of this technique.
This is not your grandmother’s oak. It is sleek and modern, while still being warm and inviting. The straight grain doesn’t compete with other elements in the room, making it a perfect organic backdrop to the other design decisions happening around it. And the ‘hidden’ design bonus with oak—it is super strong and durable.
Dura Supreme Cabinetry offers quite a few stain options in our Quarter-Sawn White Oak wood species.
Another example below in our shallow shaker door style, Parker, also paired with a Pearl, painted cabinet:
Here is another view of the same kitchen, giving further insight into the warm, minimalistic style of the house:
With the examples above one can see how Scandinavian style, modern contemporary, soft contemporary would all be well served by Quarter-Sawn White Oak in Dura Supreme’s collection of on-trend stain finishes when paired with whites and grays.
We have also seen black finishes getting peppered in with Quarter-Sawn White Oak in the hardware choices above. Black really does ground designs, and here are a few more examples pairing Quarter-Sawn White Oak with Black paint.
Below is Quarter-Sawn White Oak in Alabaster stain paired with a Dura Supreme’s Black gloss acrylic on the Allura style door in an office design.
Dura Supreme also recently introduced an Onyx stain, almost black, and looks great on our Quarter-Sawn White Oak, perfect for times when you want black but with a little texture. Below is an example of this-
You can also achieve a contemporary, moody vibe with Quarter-Sawn White Oak, as shown below in the shallow-shaker door style Parker in a hanging vanity, against the backdrop of marbley-grey large-scale wall tiles.
I will finish with one more bathroom vanity, from Dura Supreme’s Furniture Vanity Collection, Style 6, in Parker, Quarter-Sawn White Oak, Coriander, with black flooring, fixtures and hardware:
As you can see, Quarter-Sawn White Oak can contribute in a big way to many of the trending design styles we are seeing today. Paired with tonal whites, pale grays and blacks, the Dura Supreme finishes offered on Quarter-Sawn White Oak just sing. If you are interested in incorporating Quarter-Sawn White Oak into your next project, your local Dura Supreme designer is well qualified to help you achieve your goals!