Bringing Wood Back into the Home

Photo by Tony Frantz

Photo by Tony Frantz

By bringing natural elements into your home an earthy comforting tone can easily be established within the home. From the walls and floor to the décor wood can be utilized just about anywhere to define a certain theme or style.

Walls

Styling with wood isn't just for decor. Wooden panels can add to the walls of  a room for an off the wall approach to wall coverings. Utilizing reclaimed wood and other alternativesa is a great way to decorate on a budget and lends a comforting mood to the theme of your room.

Wooden panels have greatly improved since the 70's, so try not to get caught up in bad memories of their somewhat tacky past. One very popular trend in paneling is to panel only half of a wall with the panels overlapping and running horizontally. This adds contrast to the wall and allows for a separating of visual tension. These panels also look great on angled walls and paired with neutral paint tones. Molding can be added to flat walls to add a bit of visual texture and make a statement.

Photo: Modern Wood Panelling for Walls

Photo: Modern Wood Panelling for Walls

Floors

Wood flooring is both traditional and increasingly more trendy. One nice thing about wood being one of the oldest flooring products is the comfort of its stability. A wooden floor is an investment for your home that will last for generations to come and can help add personal style to a room.

Strips for wooden flooring come in a variety of colors and grains based on the type of wood. Walnut and oak are very popular choices for flooring, but don’t be afraid to explore more exotic choices to help spice up the theme of a room. A very popular style in floor design is the use of designs and motifs within wooden flooring. This technique can be used as an edge to help frame a room. Also keep in mind that by adding a finish to the wood a completely new look can be attained.

Finishes
Finishes

Decor

By accenting a flat wall with décor made from natural wood, visual interest and texture can be added to a room within seconds. Art and mirrors framed in natural wooden frames and natural wooden furniture can add organic flair to the theme of a style. Sculptural pieces made from wood can even be aesthetically pleasing when painted in bright colors that complement the grain of the wood.

Driftwood furniture 

Driftwood furniture