There are woods with all kinds of shades and designs, and sometimes light colors can interest us for a decoration or a DIY project.

Light woods, even bleached, are in fashion and not only for all types of furniture, but also for floors, coverings and even accessories. One of the reasons why light wood is so sought after lately is due to the consolidation of Nordic and minimalist trends where the white color, combined with these woods, is used as an instrument to achieve pleasant, spacious, clean spaces and because it does not mean either , for the ease of combining it with other colors.

List of light woods

There are different woods to obtain these shades of white, the most popular are:

  • Pine. It is a very versatile and abundant wood, which also makes it economical, a combination that makes it one of the most used woods, mainly in Europe. The sapwood is light yellow and the heartwood varies from brown to reddish. Although it is not a wood of superior quality, it is semi-soft and does not present the best behavior against humidity, its use is very widespread, from furniture, to construction, manufacture of boards or assembly carpentry (friezes, fences, frames .. .).
  • Paulownia. It is the lightest wood of this list, without knots and cheap price. It is one of the wood more used in Asia.
  • Maple. Maple or maple wood is very abundant in North America and is generally divided into two classes, hard and soft. Both have light tones, although there may be important differences between subspecies.
  • birch. It is a light and thin wood, not very resistant and used mainly for the manufacture of veneers. You have certain red tones.
  • ash. Depending on the subspecies used, it may have darker tones, but it often has lighter tones. It is a quality wood used mainly for the manufacture of furniture.
  • Beech. Naturally, it is a very light wood that turns yellow, although we often find it after undergoing a vaporization process that improves its behavior, stabilizes it against changes in temperature and humidity and gives it a more reddish or orange color. After this process, we found an easy-to-work wood, with excellent mechanizable behavior and that very well accepts varnish or paint treatments. It is used in the manufacture of plates, sheets, furniture, doors, etc.
  • Poplar. The poplar wood is obtained in humid places and its main use is in the manufacture of veneers, for the manufacture of plywood, through an industrial process known as unwinding. The outer layers are light in color and become more reddish as we approach the nucleus.
  • Bamboo. Although by definition it is not a wood, but an herb, its use is spreading by price, abundance, rapid growth and, of course, color. Its use is very diverse, mainly in areas where it grows naturally, where it is used both for the manufacture of utensils, such as parquet or even for scaffolding.
  • White Oak. It is a very resistant and appreciated wood, with a light brown color that over time becomes a light gray almost white. It is one of the most sought after woods in recent years, namely for the manufacture of pallets and parquet, which has caused a shortage and a considerable increase in price.