Incorporating Wood in interior Design
The use of wood in home building has been around for ages. As an organic material, it can be fine-tuned to meet the demands of any architectural style. Not only is wood aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but also strong and durable enough to withstand even the most creative designs. From creative book shelves built into walls to unique staircases leading up to second floors, creative uses for this versatile material are endless. Wood can be applied nicely on both interior and exterior surfaces while maintaining its own unique look (whether naturalistic or modern). Designers often shy away from the use of wood due to variances in price and availability; however, by using what’s available at hand – or having custom pieces made – you will save money and gain a rustic, classic look.
If you are going to use wood in your home design, there are some things you should know.
For starters, if you want to have a finished exterior or interior surface made of wood – whether it be a floor, wall paneling, roof tiles, etc. – having a plan before you begin will save time and money. Use the same steps for any type of wood installation: Design what you want to build/where you want to install it; Determine how many pieces of lumber (or other material) are needed for its construction AND how much lumber is available on site; If necessary, have an architect/interior designer draw up blueprints for your project; Draw lines where cuts will be made or have a professional do this for you; Communicate with your contractor to ensure that the lines are being followed correctly.
Wood trends in interiors
Wood has been popular for centuries, but lately there have been some interesting changes in the use of wood.
The popularity of tongue-and-groove wall paneling – made famous by ’70s cowboy music star Waylon Jennings – is back, albeit with a sleeker look to it. For example, instead of using one solid piece of wood next to another, grooves are cut deep into each piece at pre-determined intervals to lock them together while still maintaining the look of separate pieces.
If you want your wooden floor or wall paneling to be smooth and uninterrupted but you love the rustic/naturalistic feel of wood floors/walls, try layering hardwood planks on top of reclaimed barn boards (for a visual reference, think rustic fence boards). By laying hardwood planks perpendicular to barn boards, each wood material will complement the other and create a cohesive look.
Incorporating wood into modern design
Incorporating wooden panels in contemporary interiors is another trend that you can easily achieve without breaking the bank. One way is to use lighter tones of wood on walls – which tend to absorb less sunlight than darker tones – as they don’t over-accentuate shadows or change color depending upon lighting conditions, making them appear more consistent. Another option for creating sleek wooden paneling is by using oak strips along the back side of board-formed concrete (as pictured above), which creates interesting patterns when light hits them at different angles.
Wood is also being incorporated into modern kitchens in a variety of ways, whether it be on ceilings or kitchen islands . On ceilings, wood beams are often used to give kitchens that rustic-contemporary feel. If you have high ceilings with an open floor plan in your home, this will definitely add dimension to the space. For kitchen islands , consider using butcher block instead of granite or marble for countertops. Not only will it withstand staining better than most natural stones (including granite and marble), but it can also be sanded down and re-sealed if damaged (granite and marble will crack over time due to temperature changes). But make sure you choose the right type of wood: moisture-resistant hardwoods such as Cumaru, Garapa, Massaranduba and Tigerwood are durable enough to be used for kitchen countertops.
Wood is not the only option
Just because you think wood might work for your design doesn’t mean it’s the best – or even a good – idea. For one thing, wood has poor acoustics . That’s why large floor-to-ceiling bookshelves can sound hollow and echo-y; because there is no substance between them (although usually filled with books). On the other hand, if it ever cracks or warps, fixing your wooden floor/wall paneling will require complete removal due to its size; whereas replacing broken granite tiles in an identical pattern would be ideal.