Extremes in furniture
versus cappuccino versus espresso. Is white, white?
difficult finishes for furniture manufacturers are the
extremes of black and white. They are hard to produce
because the human eye picks up finish irregularities much
more easily in these two extremes. A flaw on a pure white
chest is much more noticeable than one on a beige chest. The
same is true for black.
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Not only is it difficult to manufacture these finishes, it
is equally as hard to maintain the finish flawlessly
throughout the transportation from manufacturer to warehouse
to the store or your home. For this reason, these pure
finishes tend to be more expensive and many companies shy
away from them altogether. Clever marketers have come up
with good solutions.
Enter cappuccino, espresso, and antique black on the one
extreme and off-white, cream, beige, and oyster on the
other. These finishes produce the same relative effect and
are much easier to produce, store, touch-up, and transport.
When buying your furniture, keep those things in mind.
If you do insist on pure finishes, bare in mind that no
piece of furniture or finish is absolutely perfect. As long
as you understand the limits of the manufacturing and
transportation capabilities, you should enjoy your choices
for years to come!