If you can, please close your eyes and picture lounging in your new set of Indonesian teak furniture. It's a balmy summer's day; dappled sunlight shines through the trees, down on the luster of your honey-hued teak chairs. It's a beautiful sight that never ceases to amaze you, and maybe you have completed the set with a delightful little table, maybe a bench or two so that you can really relax in the lap of luxury either by yourself or with your friends. Teak is not cheap, but it is one of those memorable materials that makes a striking, elegant impression when you have it just so. But if you thought teak was just for decking and seating out-of-doors, we advise you to think again. Teak can also work its not inconsiderable magic indoors, as well! But first let's talk about why teak is so special.
Teak is a rare wood, growing in the forests of Java, Indonesia and several other Asian countries. One tree can take up to 50 years to reach its potential, meaning that sustainable practices must be in place to keep this hot commodity from going extinct. Even though it is rare, it enjoys (this can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it) immense popularity all over the world. Why? Unlike other woods you may even have in your home – oak, mahogany, cedar, etc, teak has its own natural oils that keep it safe from UV damage as well as the ravages of time and Mother Nature. That is not to say that it is impervious to change.
Even with its oils, if you leave it in the sun, it will change color, and once harvested, its inherent supply of oil is not replenished, so you must take steps to reserve it by applying teak oil that you can pick up in most any furniture store. This replenishes and protects your prized furniture, assuring that you'll be able to enjoy it for years. Teak is also supple and durable enough that it lends itself very well to many different pieces. Tables, chairs, decking, wall décor to set off a room. Whatever you prefer the golden honey color of a younger teak, or the silvery patina of aged, sun-exposed wood, teak makes an impression that those who see it will not soon forget.
When it comes to indoor furniture, you can make the most of it with a teak dining table surrounded by a set of finely crafted teak chairs, a teak coffee table in your living room (makes a great conversation piece, especially if you opt for a teak root table). In order to accentuate the graceful, unique look of your teak, you would do well to consider the color scheme of the room in which you have placed it. Use colors that draw the eye to the furniture, making it the focal point of the room.
Teak allows the canny purchaser (that's you, of course) to enjoy something worthy and unforgettable that blends a natural, modern aesthetic with the timeless quality and beauty that only Mother Nature can provide.