Grey or Gray on Amish FurnitureBy Holly Rennels · February 11, 2016
How to Use Shades of Gray on Solid Wood
When choosing grey for your Amish furniture, it is important to consider a few things. First, gray is very "of the moment" and may feel a bit too trendy for heirloom quality furnishings. Deciding if this is a "forever" look for your home is, of course, entirely up to you. Secondly, Grays range from almost white smoke to almost black charcoal, so choosing the right shade of gray is also important. And, finally, gray works best on Oak, Brown Maple, Quartersawn White Oak, and Maple so your wood choice matters. The rich color of natural Walnut would almost blacken under a gray finish and the red undertones of Cherry would begin to look unpredictably pink with age.
Here is a sampling of furniture Countryside has pictured in gray tones. Of course, any of our Amish made furniture can be finished in this way.
Gray Office Furniture
This Modern office set is pictured in Brown Maple with Midnight Slate finish. To indicate how the wood and lighting can influence how you perceive a color, an image of an actual sample of our Midnight Slate on Brown Maple is below.
This variation is why we offer you proof samples from our finish shop at checkout for free. This allows you to view an actual piece of wood in your home in your lighting to verify your color preference.
Gray Bedroom Furniture
This Grey Bedroom Furniture Set is two toned in Quartersawn White Oak. The Gray stain is still Midnight Slate. Note the difference the wood species makes. Click here for a complete guide to gray bedroom furniture.
The ray fleck pattern of the wood takes the gray darker on the grain, so this is a great look to go edgy and Modern or rustic.
Nearly 15,000 people a month search for a gray sofa. This number has been trending up over the last year and indicates that fashion forward living rooms, dens, and man caves will likely feature such a couch for years to come.
Imagine our Rockefeller Sofa with gray upholstery or in our Timber Wolf stain on Oak.
Since our "Oak" is actually North American Red Oak, just a hint of pink and brown peaks through this very light stain. Oak changes very little over time, so your sample will reflect how your furniture will look for a lifetime.
Gray Round Table
Also shown in Timber Wolf is our Ravello Round Table. This piece actually has the addition of a white glaze to mask the grain and minimize the pink undertones. This is just one example of how gray furniture can be formal furniture. This table would look amazing decorated in bold colors or black and white. Gray can give you a more neutral palette than stained woods on which to dramatically display pops of color and/or black.
More and more of our furniture direct from Amish Country is being photographed in shades of gray. A list of what is currently available follows, but use your imagination. Everything you order from Countryside Amish Furniture is custom in the wood and stain you prefer. That includes both grey and gray.
Reston Trail Upholstered Dining Chair