Although its popularity faded away during the last decade, the cherry still remains a valid option if you are looking for a warm reddish color that gets richer over time. The grain is elegantly wavy often featuring fiddleback and bird’s eye figures; in the relatively rare curly cherry lumber, the figures are almost psychedelic. The sapwood is narrow and white while the heartwood is pinkish red. Once finished, the color slowly acquires orangey tones eventually developing into deep red
over time. The change in color occurs due to oxidation caused by the UV radiation; the process is faster when the wood is exposed to sunlight and slower when placed in the shadow but it occurs nevertheless. Cherry countertops make a good match with fir floorings and visible structural beams. The wood is moderately hard and durable but has very good stability with minimal shrinkage and swelling. It stains so well that you can turn that vibrant reddish orange
into weathered gray in just two easy steps should you decide to go that way. It also makes a good candidate for distressing.