Thursday, February 9, 2017

Ce-What? Cerused Wood Flooring Is Wood To LOVE!

Cerused Wood- What is it? I was asking myself that very same thing this morning as I came across a 2017 trend report from House Beautiful!  LOVE, love, love to learn anything I can about interior design.

So, fellow students, class is now in session, thank you Mrs. Google.

Cerused Wood is a finish, a technique first invented by the French over 500 years ago.  According to, it was created by filling in the wood grain in oak by adding a toxic paste, derived from lead, in order to prevent wood rot.  Let's just say from a safety standpoint, I completely understand why this method and technique disappeared for 500+ years.  From an aesthetic view, I am over the moon grateful that modern craftsmen & craftswomen have brought it back in a safe and non-toxic form, because I find it oh-so-beautiful.  Today, in Europe, this type of finish is termed limed oak, but here in the states, the moniker of cerused wood or cerused oak has stuck. This contrast between the stained wood and the lighter paste serves as a beautiful method to highlight the open grain of the wood.  Most often, this finish is applied to oak, but other woods such as ash can be finished in this same manner. Check out some of the images for yourself!

As I browsed a google image search, it became clear that I have seen this wood finish, and, in fact, quite a bit! It is all over the place in furniture stores and magazines, AND, many of our North Texas area new home builders are using cerused wood floors in their model homes.  In this urbanmama's opinion, it makes such a gorgeous statement, floors that are a little more casual and a great contrast to elegant furniture pieces that create a livable,  warm home. Incidentally, this trends, is influencing the hardwood finishes you can find at stores like Floor & Decor and Home Depot.

If YOU want to see this trend for your self in area model homes, or if you are interested in building a new home, call TEAM-PRZADA.  Pat & Nancie can help you navigate that new construction market and potentially save you $$$.

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