Wood adds texture and warmth
Nature provides us with all the materials we need to build and make. Timber is not only the most eco-friendly building material you can use, it also brings texture and warmth to a home.
You can use wood to introduce a warm, natural element into any room in a home, whether it be architectural details or beautiful solid wood furniture. You can also use wood with almost any style of decor and with any colour scheme. Wood has unlimited options; it can be stained in any colour, it can be left raw and untreated, or it can be whitewashed, limed or painted - giving you a myriad of choices when wanting to incorporate wood into a home.
One of the most popular ways to incorporate wood elements in a home is with wood floors. Wood floors are one of the most sought after surfaces in any home, thanks to their warmth and timeless appeal. With open plan design becoming increasingly appealing, wood floors provide a seamless flow from room to room, and even synthetic wood laminate flooring offers homeowners an affordable solution to natural wood. Today, even veneered plywood is considered an alternative flooring alternative for those that cannot afford to have wood floors installed, but want to mimic the look of wood.
Wood is a versatile product that can be used to add many details to a home interior. From exposing roof beams to ceiling beams, or window and door frames, homes that feature wood details exude a welcoming warmth that only timber can give.
Installing a feature wall or open shelving made from reclaimed wood is one way to inject a modern twist of texture, pattern and warmth into a space. Reclaimed timber is an environmentally friendly option that introduces its own charm to project.
While pallet wood has become a trendy option for many reclaimed DIY jobs, looking around for reclaimed timber beams or wooden flooring planks will bring personality and uniqueness to finished projects. Whereas pallets are generally manufactured from pine, beam and boards can be Oregon pine or teak or of far more durable wood species.
Enhancing wood detailing adds value to a home, particularly an older home were these fittings have been restored to their original condition. You can easily replicate wood detailing with wood trim around door and window frames, skirtings and cornice, and fireplace mantels.
Accent Pieces and Accessories
It's so easy to add visual interest, texture and warmth to a room by adding accent furniture or accessories. Dress walls with items crafted from natural wood for visual interest; mirrors encased in rich, wooden frames not only look good, they add energy and a layered look to room settings.
If you love bargains... shop for secondhand or reproduction furniture that comes at a far cheaper price than vintage pieces. As long as these have good bones to work around, you can put some elbow-grease into lovingly restoring these to take pride of place in your home.