Interiors, Kitchen, Trends

Trend Alert: The Return of Knotty Pine

We recently tore out cabinets from the 1950’s during our kitchen renovation. They served their purpose for over 60 years but they were really showing their age. They were also full on yellow/orange knotty pine with v-channel vertical plank doors.

knotty pine cabinets
The 1950’s knotty pine cabinets in our 1930’s home.  They actually looked more orange in person.  If you don’t know, Amber Shellac was used in the 50’s to achieve this dramatically orange color.

Good luck ignoring this type of knotty pine. It’s like a loud talker in a quiet restaurant. You really want to ignore them, you pretend you’re not listening, but then at some point, you and the person you’re with just give up trying to have a conversation and go all in on listening to (and judging) the loud talker. That’s 1950’s knotty pine. It is the loud talker in the room.

Just this week, I was on the phone with my mom talking about knotty pine (Oh! The topics we cover) and she asked me if I ever thought it would come back in style.  I immediately said “Heck No!” which is a clear indicator that it’s already a trend.

Here are some images from a featured home that uses a small forest of pine on Summer Houses from Remodelista to highlight my error.

knotty pine walls whitewashed
Here’s new, knotty pine, vertical paneling that’s been whitewashed. Note the more yellow, natural pine stairs. It is lovely here!  (Photo Source)
knotty pine kitchen cabinets modern
This is a kitchen in the same house. Knotty pine island paired with blackened knotty pine perimeter cabinets and, of course, whitewashed vertical pine paneling on the walls.  Like I said, it will NEVER come back in style.  (Photo Source)
pine paneling bathroom
The lovely, whitewashed, pine paneled powder room. (Photo Source)
pine master bath vanity
Natural heart pine on the vanity with the whitewashed pine paneling on the walls. (Photo Source)

What do you think?  Do you like the updated knotty pine?  I do, but I think it would be hard for me to sell to most of my clients only because we’ve all seen the orange pine panels from the 50’s and they are still loudly talking in quiet rooms across the country.

Completely unrelated to this – I have a book recommendation to share with you!

another brooklyn
“Another Brooklyn” by Jacqueline Woodson

Another Brooklyn” is a very short novel about a young, motherless girl coming of age in the 1970’s Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn.  It’s beautifully written and I found it more than a little heartbreaking.

“…we looked, we saw the people trying to dream themselves out. As though there was someplace other than this place. As though there was another Brooklyn.”
Jacqueline Woodson, Another Brooklyn


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