Pine is a great wood to furnish with because it darkens with age and mellows into itself, creating its own patina as it does so. For the ecology minded, pine is a very fast growing, soft wood tree and so is easily sourced from sustainable forests, so it is easy on the environment as well. Pine furniture is often considered to be the typical choice of young homemakers and this is to an extent true, but it is coming of age and is now seen in some very classy interiors. With the eclectic, cottage look back in vogue, scattered with prints from designers like Cath Kidson, pine furniture is the perfect choice.
Pine is not all the same, either. Antiqued pine or knotty pine has lots of interest from the surface grain and polished up it could be old or new; it would take a good eye to tell, sometimes. If you are going for an antique look but can’t afford the originals, especially in the kitchen or dining room where the furniture is likely to take some punishment, modern pine furniture pieces will fill the niche very nicely.
Pine furniture is a classic choice for bedroom furniture and it is very versatile with whatever look you want to impose on it. Dark, plain bedding married up with pine equals a very male look, pale pastels and lace trim make it more girly and if there is any problem with who wins that design argument – why not alternate? The pine furniture will look good either way.