Although everyone is focused on the future, this season’s design must-have is a relic from the 1970s. According to a design trends report by, burl wood is a simple way to add spark to any space in the home.

Burl wood is sourced from large, round deformities on trees that are suffering from a viral, fungal or insect infestation. Although the deformity is unsightly from the outside, it creates a one-of-a-kind grain pattern that can be used to make stunning tables, chairs, mirror and bed frames, and for the buyer who has the budget, large-scale built-in wall units.

The most common burls come from maple, walnut, redwood, oak or cherry, so homeowners have the ability to mix and match various shades of burl wood to create a warm, inviting and truly unique kitchen, living room or bedroom.

A burl wood coffee table serves as the focal point of a living room. Photo credit: Jonathan Adler

Burl wood pieces aren’t cheap — they can be as expensive as $2,000 — but Architectural Digest called them an “investment piece” that’s worth the high price tag. However, homeowners should know their investment can go to waste if they’re not dedicated to the upkeep.

It’s important to keep burl wood out of direct sunlight and away from heated vents to prevent premature drying. For cleaning, owners can wipe the wood with a simple mixture of gentle dish soap and water followed by a few drops of linseed oil for added shine, explained an article published by home renovation advice platform HomeSteady.

“Burl wood furniture has a natural, warm, organic texture that is truly beautiful,” Popix Designs owner Lizzie Green told “It looks and feels luxe, and has this level of sophistication and elegance, yet it can still feel edgy if you pair it with the right furnishings.”

Here are a few options for every price point:

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