Cherry has been a favored wood for furniture and interior panels. It can be polished to a deep, glowing red hue that darkens in age. Cherry wood has distinctive, yet subtle close-grained patterns. Its stains vary from its natural color to nearly black.
It is around 25% softer than Red Oak and is highly reactive to sunlight. The Cherry floor will noticeably darken in a bright, sunny room. Do not use it in areas with too much dog or child traffic because it is not as resilient as other hard woods.