The Ambience of Character: Restaurant spaces use reclaimed wood to create warm & inviting environments

Restaurant projects have always been near to our hearts at Anthology Woods.  We recognize the important role coming together over food & drinks plays in building relationships and creating community, and we love our connection to that process in sourcing & preparing old wood for a new life in restaurants. 

You'll find our "Wood with a Story" cladding the walls, ceilings & floors for an envelope of warm atmosphere, creating the table tops we come together across, and greeting you with exterior accents.  We consider the character of ambience reclaimed wood contributes to be one of an understated and effortless impression - casual enough to make anyone feel comfortable being themselves & completely authentic - just like your favorite hosts.  Grab a brew of your favorite beer or coffee, and scroll through a tour of our favorite pairings:  Food, Drink, & Wood with a Story!

White Wood Flooring: How to make it work for your project

White wood flooring - is it right for your project? 

The practical aspects of white wood flooring...

Clean, bright white spaces lend an uplifting feeling of contemporary simplicity, and this palette of white sometimes extends to the floor in the form of white-washed, bleached, lyme (limed) or lye treated, soaped, cerused or even painted wood plank flooring.  If you are thinking about using a white wood floor in your project, there are a few things to consider to help you assess how good of a fit it will be long-term.

Patina vs. Pristine:
Inevitably, a white floor will wear (as all floors do) but you can care for it to extend the original look.  If your goal is to maintain the pristine white look of your floors for as long as possible, keep them clean.  That sounds like an obvious statement right?  By clean, we’re talking about shoes being left behind and clean stocking feet providing the only traffic.  If the space you are considering white floors for will receive traffic from many people other than you, are you prepared to chase each person to the surrender of their shoes?  If the answer to this question is no, then embrace the flip side of patina & wear.  Part of the journey of any floor is wear, and embracing that wear emphasizes a casual, relaxed atmosphere.

This article from Architectural Digest offers additional insight to white wood floors in an interview with Kevin Greenberg.

How to embrace white wood floors in a user-friendly way:

White – but not that white:
We love a tinted white oil finish (zero VOC) to give a soft, pale and minimalist/Scandinavian influence to wood floors and wall paneling.  As a white finish that is not “bright white” your floor will show wear in a more subtle manner.  A white oil can also be re-applied as needed without having to move all of the furniture out & re-finish everything together – you can even just do spot touch-up.  Our Sugared Teak at Chillhouse in New York features this kind of simple subtle white finish.


A wood species with an active grain and a live-sawn (aka european sawn) or flat sawn pattern will create increased variation, as will reclaimed character.  With a more casual feel to begin with, floors will age more gracefully.  Below is an image of our Pacific Madrone in Select Grade showing off an elegant sweeping grain with a white finish.  In addition to flooring, this look is available in classic wall cladding & our ThinClad wall paneling as well, in a variety of widths.


A textured surface will help hide scratches and will create increased variation as well.  Wire brushing is an easy way to add texture (and you can create either a subtle wire brushed texture or something more aggressive, depending on aesthetic preference).  Our Left Coast White Oak: Oxley pictured below has a wire-brushed texture:


If you would like guidance in your wood selection or more information on what Anthology Woods can offer, please reach out for more information!


Project photos: Campbell project - reclaimed softwood wall paneling

The Campbell project pictured below has a feature wall of reclaimed wood in the Northwest Blend color range.  The solid wall planking is milled with a tongue & groove edge for easy, precise installation, and is kiln-dried to avoid issues with insects or moisture.  All color variation is due to natural bleached/faded gray & brown color tones from sun & weather exposure.  The mixed width wall paneling lends to a randomized installation with a rustic/casual feel. 

Santa Barbara Residence: Reclaimed Teak Flooring

This residence in Santa Barbara features Pela Teak reclaimed flooring from Anthology Woods with a clear oil finish

The owners of this home in Santa Barbara wanted the rich red-brown and deep caramel to cognac color tones of a tropical hardwood for their remodeled flooring, with some natural patina & texture to make the wood wear well and age gracefully.  Our reclaimed engineered Pela Teak was the perfect fit, with traces of old saw marks, decades of natural patina, and the beautiful rich color tones from years of seasoning.

The zero voc clear natural oil they selected for a finish imparts depth & richness to the color while retaining a very matte and almost unfinished appearance.  The natural weathering and texture in the boards contributes to a rustic influence that hides wear well and results in a durable, easy to maintain wood floor.  A hefty wear layer on the engineered flooring means they can sand in the future if they need to, but with an oil finish and a little regular care, they should never need to!  This beautiful distressed reclaimed Teak can also be used as wall paneling and ceiling cladding and is available unfinished or pre- finished to your specification.

Why "Pela" Teak?  Pela is the word for naked in Thai - as in reclaimed Teak in all of its raw natural splendor and beauty.  For more images of this product, please view our Pela Teak product page.  For samples or information, please contact us!