Cherry Furniture

Cherry Wood Furniture - Decorating, Color Combinations, and Other Tips

A popular hardwood type for Amish furniture makers, real Cherry is known as being one of the best all-around woods for classic beauty and workability. Have a look at our guide for details, advice, and product offerings.

Cherry Furniture Guide

Solid Cherry Wood Furniture Overview

Trends in solid wood furniture come and go, but the attractiveness and practicality of solid Cherry have always made it a popular hardwood choice for centuries. Given its beauty, strength, and lasting popularity, Cherry hardwood is definitely one option you should keep into consideration when choosing new furniture.

Stylish: Out of all the various species of hardwoods, Cherry is most coveted for its elegantly, timeless style. The red tones of Cherry create an attractive glow, no matter if you are working with light sapwood pieces or darker, deeper heartwoods. Cherry is used in many furniture styles, most notably, Shaker and Queen Anne pieces.

Strong and Durable: Cherry wood is extremely durable and resistant to decay, which is why furniture made from this material is designed to last for more than one lifetime. It is easy to cut, carve and mold, and is used for many different applications due to its flexibility.

Naturally Beautiful: Naturally, beautifully colored, Cherry is a hardwood that doesn’t necessarily need any extra enhancements, but does take staining very nicely. When left natural, it comes in two varied “colors”: sapwood and heartwood. Sapwood comes from the exterior of the tree and is known for its light, yellowish tint. Heartwood, on the other hand, comes from the center of the tree and has a signature rich, darker red tone. 

Better with Age: Cherry furniture is renowned for its color and aging process. It begins light pink and darkens over several years to a rich reddish hue. The color change of Cherry wood is caused by oxidation (exposure to air) and UV light. With Cherry wood, you will find that your furniture will only get better with time.

Exclusive and elegant, a dining room from the Waterbury Set is an inspiring salute to old world craftsmanship in a contemporary, captivating design.

Key Features

  • Solid wood construction
  • Solid top & expanding tables
  • Mortise & tenon joints
  • Hardwood & stain options
  • Optional chair upholstery
  • Amish made in the USA

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Different Cherry Wood Furniture Stains and Colors

Popular in both modern and classic furniture designs, natural and stained Cherry is a beautiful and durable hardwood for your home or office. 

If you prefer a natural Cherry, the wood will not be treated with a stain to alter its color. However, we offer several Cherry wood finishes if a deep, richer furniture color is desired. Cherry is unsurpassed in its finishing qualities as its uniform texture takes a finish very well. At Countryside, we offer complimentary finish samples to ensure you receive the perfect look for your Cherry furniture.

Hand-Rubbed Cherry Stains

Mixing different shades of Cherry wood and different styles of furniture will definitely liven up and give your living quarters a timeless elegance no other species of wood is capable of supplying.

Tip: If you currently own real Cherry furniture and are interested in adding to the collection, matching the stain color can prove to be tricky. At Countryside, we recommend going 2-3 shades (stains) lighter to allow for the darkening of the Cherry wood as it ages.

Even cooler finishes like our Sand Dollar and Gray Stone will be warmed by the intrinsic natural warmth of the Cherry wood. Keep in mind, all real wood furniture will change color slightly with age. Some will darken, some will lighten and just about every species will warm. Cherry wood is often the most dramatic and beautiful transformation as it develops its signature patina.

Tips for Decorating with Cherry Wood Furniture

One of the reasons that Cherry furniture doesn’t go out of style is because this furniture comes in so many colors and can be paired well with many different accent styles. 

While Cherry is great for achieving an antique, classic look, it can also supply a tasteful modern appeal. If you’re looking for a piece to add to your home that will help create a stylish look and complement your existing pieces, Cherry wood furniture is definitely what you’re looking for.

When choosing color schemes that go with your Cherry furniture, first determine if you want to coordinate or contrast your pieces. Coordinating options include warm colors such as beige, brown, or soft reds. Contrasting options may include cool colors like blue or green. In short, warm colors help Cherry pieces blend while cool colors will make your furniture pop. Choose this option if you have furniture that you want to highlight or that is worthy of standing out. 

When decorating a room with Cherry, you may also want to consider:

  • Layered window treatments
  • Limited accessories 
  • Light wall colors
  • Real or artificial foliage
  • Contrasting flooring
  • Mixing in painted pieces
  • Interesting rigs or textiles
  • Ambient lighting

No matter what the prevailing style of your home, there’s a way to welcome decorative Cherry wood furniture into the space. Whether you remake an entire room with a Cherry theme or awaken a space with a few accents, a well-chosen item of Cherry wood furniture will give you years of enjoyment and may become something you pass on to the next generation.

Select from either bed of our Sonoran Collection, one boasts traditional design while the other has a low footboard in place of the sleigh bed panel.

Key Features

  • Solid hardwood construction
  • Mortise & tenon joinery
  • Full extension, soft close slides
  • Multiple wood & finish options
  • Beveled glass on mirrors
  • Handcrafted by Amish artisans

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How to Identify Solid Cherry Furniture

Cherry hardwood is widely known for its delicate grain pattern, natural luster, smooth texture, and rich reddish-brown patina. Cherry wood has a smooth, closed grain pattern, much like that of Maple wood. 

Although the heartwood is a light pink when freshly cut, the wood darkens with time and sunlight. When it reaches maturity, Cherry furniture will have a rich reddish-brown hue.

Each piece of furniture is made from natural solid hardwood and just as the trees in our forests are not identical, each individual piece of furniture has its own unique markings. It is not uncommon to find several grain variations in the same piece of furniture.

Shaker Cherry Desk

Here are some of our favorite pieces (pictured in Cherry):

Tips for Care for Solid Cherry Wood Furniture

Protection: Use coasters, pads, cloths, or runners (avoid using rubber, vinyl, and plastic items such as some placemats) to protect against spills and water rings, and always keep your wood furniture indoors. Extremely hot and cold items should not be placed directly on the finish. This could damage the wood and the finish.

Humidity Changes: Wood is also very sensitive to changes in relative humidity. As the weather changes, so do the relative humidity in your home and in the moisture content of the wood in your furniture.

Keep Cleaning Simple: Avoid the use of cheap, oily polishes or waxes. They will collect dust and over time leave a waxy build-up or film of grime. We've compiled our favorite hardwood cleaning products in our Countryside's Wood Furniture Cleaning Kit.

Direct Sunlight: The ultraviolet rays of the sun can damage a finish and bleach the wood underneath after prolonged exposure. However, moderate, indirect sunlight can beautifully ripen your table, so make sure the entire surface is exposed evenly. For the first three months, it is best to not place objects on cherry surfaces for prolonged periods of time. To correct these light areas, leave the spot uncovered and the color will “catch up” to the darker surroundings.

Chemical Exposure: Keep solvents such as nail polish remover, alcohol, and paint thinner away from wood furniture because they can harm the finish. 

Find a new way to get down to business with solid wood office furniture. Our Marfa Office Set is carefully crafted in your preferred hardwood and finish.

Key Features

  • Amish handmade in the USA
  • Solid hardwood construction
  • Dovetailed full extension drawers
  • Soft close undermount slides
  • Letter-sized file drawers
  • Finished desk backs
  • Adjustable wooden shelves
  • Hardwood & finish options
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish

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FAQs About Cherry Wood Furniture

Cherry is a deciduous hardwood common to North America and is routinely harvested for its intricate grain patterns and inherent beauty. All woods used at Countryside Amish Furniture are considered hardwoods.

Cherry is a domestic hardwood, harvested sustainably. While most of the furniture industry relies on imported wood, we source our Cherry wood from sustainably managed forests in North America, which cuts down on transportation costs and helps to reduce deforestation in ecologically at-risk regions across the globe.

Any type of wood furniture will deteriorate with outdoor elements over time. We do not recommend using Cherry furniture outdoors. Instead, we recommend recycled plastic lumber (polyethylene) for our outdoor furniture. It’s all still made in the USA by our expert artisans, and with the tradition, style, and charm of our wooden indoor furniture—but with so many more outdoor-focused benefits.

Construction is one of the most important things to consider, as this determines how long your Cherry furniture can last. When properly cared for, solid Cherry furniture will last for generations.

Rustic wood species are going to have more intensified natural characteristics such as knots, mineral streaks, sapwood, and wood color variation. Because there is less waste using Rustic Cherry, the cost is less than regular Cherry.

Why Order Your Solid Cherry Wood Furniture from Countryside Amish Furniture

Countryside Amish Furniture offers heirloom quality, solid wood furniture; made in the USA. Our carefully curated pieces are expertly crafted from the solid American hardwood of your choice. We take pride in crafting fine furniture from a variety of woods, but Cherry is one of our most popular choices.

Our Cherry wood furniture is constructed to provide generations of use and enjoyment; the furniture’s natural patina will deepen with age, giving it a beauty that will always compliment your home.

Natural wood furniture, especially domestic Cherry, is a truly evolving and special investment. If you have further questions about Cherry or any other wood species, don’t hesitate to contact our sales team.

Begin your design process by browsing these Cherry wood furniture pages: