Trend: Blonde Wood

Blonde has more fun.
We all love walnut, but blonde wood is making a comeback. At recent design shows, manufacturers have exhibited stunning credenzas, sideboards, cocktail and end tables, fashioned from light wood species  -- ash, birch and white oak. Often with a matte, almost rough-hewn finish, these striking pieces range from subtly sophisticated to casually contemporary. In any case, they inject a little bit of lightness into any décor.