Building Budgets require compromise and one of the best ways to keep good design intact is to get creative with materials that are high in quality, but out of fashion. Take red oak. It’s readily available, very affordable and easy to stain so you can find the color you prefer. The key is in the application – try it without the fussy finishing from earlier decades, using a grey stain, mixing it with unexpected materials such as concrete or as an accent to a black wall.
Brazilian Rosewood won’t know what just happened.
What are your favourite underdog materials?