Wood has the distinct ability to tie in with a range of interior themes. Whether your preferred décor style is warm traditional, contemporary chic, or sleek minimalism, wood features are sure to complement and coordinate. The range of types, grains, colours and finishes available makes wood a seriously versatile material.
There are many ways to incorporate wood into your home. We’ve summed up three of the top ways to use it, explaining how to utilise these different methods for optimum timber brilliance…
Nothing can compare to exposed wooden floorboards. This classic flooring solution brings warmth and texture into the home, offering style as well as excellent functionality. Homeowners can choose between solid and engineered wood, which consist of one piece of wood machined to create a tongue and groove system, and boards constructed from multiple layers of ply and solid wood, respectively. Both forms have their own individual benefits, so you can select the most appropriate form of wood flooring for your home.
If you prefer modern styles at home, choose wood flooring in a prime grade, which will offer very little colour variation and low knot content. This creates a sleek, consistent look that complements clean, contemporary interiors. If cool and quirky is more your bag you should opt for a natural grade, which has a rustic effect (and a smaller price tag). Those with traditional taste might enjoy parquet or chevron arrangements, which will bring plenty of interest in its complex classical style. If your space is especially small, you’ll be better of choosing narrow boards, which will correspond with the room’s proportions. If the room is large or open plan, wide boards will make the most of the space.
Traditionally, most of the furniture was made from wood. But when the industrial revolution prompted the use of new materials and manufacturing methods, new forms began to appear on the market, including plastic, aluminium and glass. Of course, wooden furniture will always be the most popular, selected for its strength, versatility and timeless style.
Wood is inherently a durable material that can stand the test of time; when cared for properly, wood furniture can last for generations. It is also easy to maintain and great value for money. Wooden furniture is also extremely attractive, offering a charming elegance that can’t be matched by other materials. One of the best things about wooden pieces is that they can be modified or up cycled in a number of ways, so you can give your furniture a new lease of life.
Choose from a range of species including cherry, maple and beech, and then select the stain or paint that works best for you and your space. We recommend a casual distressed effect for country-cottage lovers, slick black or white for modern minimalists, and oak or walnut with a warm, hearty stain for the most traditional of homes.
Another effective way to incorporate wood into the home is through wooden accents. From kitchen worktops and mirror frames, to coasters, baskets and clocks, wood can be showcased in a number of ways. We also mustn’t forget that wooden blinds are a wonderful way to display this fantastic material, as well as providing great light and air control, energy efficiency and privacy.
These additional features can be coordinated to the rest of your interior through a choice of species, grains and finishes, making for a home that’s totally ‘you’. They can also be obtained for budget-friendly prices, so you can style up your space without splashing too much cash.
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