To enhance the natural grain of organic materials, woodcare products can be used to prolong its life or used to create a custom look in the home through stains and varnishes. Often applied with a brush, woodcare products take advantage of the porous nature of timber – making it possible to change the properties of the top layer and to protect it against water and wear. Different colours are available to achieve various looks – for example light-wash effects can dial up a Scandinavian theme of pale timbers. Alternatively, rich shades can add depth and warmth to a space, which are great for enhancing a refined look. Many of the options available provide a level of water resistance, which means spills can be cleaned up quickly and easily.