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Stained Vs. Unstained Wine Racks: Which Side Are You On?

April 29th, 2019

Probably one of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to wine cellar design is whether or not wine racks should be stained. If you are asked that question, what would be your answer? Which side are you on? Let’s compare unstained versus stained versions and see which one gets the big thumbs-up:

We have here a beautiful wine cellar that was completed utilizing custom racking units. The wood option is Premium Redwood. The client chose to go with unstained racks for this project. So here we can point out some of the advantages of going for the unstained version of the wood. First off, the natural colors of Premium Redwood become the star of the show here. Since it is a clear grade of wood, the pinkish gold hues really come through. Take note that it basically includes wood from all parts of the log. This is responsible for the variety of colors ranging from white to pink to red and reddish brown. There are those who prefer Premium Redwood specifically because of this color variety. When you stain the wood, you run the risk of giving it a uniform appearance. If that is not the direction your wine cellar design is headed, then you need to keep the wood unstained. Another advantage of not staining the wood is that it retains a more natural look. For those who want to keep that old-country charm in their wine cellars, this is the way to do it.

Now let’s talk about stained wine racks. When you are seeking to achieve a specific theme for your wine cellar, stains and finishes can certainly do that for you. For example, if you want a more modern appeal, you can go for much darker stain options. WCI’s Midnight Black Stain is one of the popular choices for that. If you prefer something really clean but distinct, try the Whitewash or Opaque White Stain. And if you’re the traditional type, the Classic Mahogany or Light Danish Stain can deliver just that. Another great thing about staining your racks is that it can refresh the look of your entire wine cellar. You won’t need a full-blown renovation. Just changing up the stain and/or finish can do wonders. Last but not the least, this is the best way to achieve a uniform look for your wine racks.

This brings us back to our earlier question: stained or unstained, which side are you on? It really all boils down to style preference! It’s a win-win situation, no matter what side you’re on. ^_^


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