Wood Species: What's Your Favorite?

Looking around the apartment, we see examples of all different types of wood — a teak dining table, oak floors, maple plywood shelves, and a walnut veneer Eames chair. Some people we know need every wood piece in a room to match but we're comfortable with more of a mix. Plus, a lot of what we have wasn't our choice — the old hardwood floors and beautiful hand-me-down table — so we can't be picky. However, when we do get to make the choice we seem to be partial to a few types of wood and were curious about your preferences...

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Eames in Cherry, Light Ash, Walnut; Wegner in Oak

For light wood we prefer maple for it's clean, uniform look and for darker wood we love the variation and depth of nice walnut. We tend to dislike orangey Beech because of Ikea and don't really like oak for furniture because it unfortunately reminds us of cheap, clunky furniture — though the nice aged oak floors in our apartment look great and the variation in the grain hides a lot of the wear. We also prefer natural finishes such as wax and linseed oil. So what are your favorite wood species...

A description of common wood types (for Dummies).