The wooden look is becoming all the rage in the world of interior design. It is doing so it is stylish. It is doing so because it brings a warmth to whatever room it adorns. And, if it’s your whole home that you’re interested in adorning with the wooden look, then you’re in luck. Make sure to read on to find out just how to do it.
Timber clad and panel your walls
When you clad a wall in your home with timber you instantly make the room it stands in look larger. When you panel a wall in your home with timber you instantly make the room it stands in look far more modern. And you should use these ways in which timber works to your advantage; specifically, you should pay great attention to what area of your home that you both clad and panel in timber.
When it comes to cladding, it is recommend that you do so in your hallway and stairs area. You should do so because this is the area that any first-time guests to your home will see first, and by making this area appear to be larger than it actually is you may just fool them into thinking your home is larger than it actually is. To take full advantage of this illusion, try cladding wide boards of timber up your staircase, either vertically or horizontally — it will instantly increase the perceived scale and proportion of it.
When it comes to panelling, the best room in which to experiment with this is your bedroom. This is for a number of reasons. One reason is because that timber panels just, well, they just work in the bedroom. Another reasons is because the bedroom is a room where mistakes can be allowed to happen, seeing as though many visitors to your home will not see it — so any mistakes that you do make with your panelling can be rectified with ease. When done correctly in the bedroom, timber panelling can create a modern yet rustic look, especially when the detail of it is simple.
Wooden skirting, cornices, beams and crown moulding will add grandeur
If adding a wooden feel and grandeur to your home is your goal, then make sure to focus your spend and efforts on having high-end wooden trimmings fitted, such as skirting, cornices, beams and crown moulding. The latter, crown moulding, is a great wooden way to create the illusion of high-end in the living room especially — and it doesn’t even cost that much to have fitted. And when it is fitted, you’ll find that your living room is instantly boosted with a Regency-style finish.
Have wood veneers fitted
Wood veneers are thin pieces of wood that are fitted to core panels in order to give them a wooden looking feel. And, wood veneers are most certainly something that you should be having fitted into your home, particularly in your kitchen, if you are working around a wooden interior design. This is because by doing so you can create the illusion that there is more wood in your home than there actually is, and you can control exactly what wooden style you are recreating. In the kitchen, having wood veneers fitted to pieces of furniture, like tabletops and cabinets, helps you to recreate a wooden feel in there even when the core base of the room is not wooden itself. It allows you to choose the right grain of wood yourself. It makes the kitchen look far more interesting and welcoming that it actually is, and subsequently help it to become the best room in the house. And, best of all, wood veneering is a cheap fit.
Reupholster and upcycle any old wood you have lying around
If being as cost effective as you can be with your wooden interior design is your goal, then what you should most certainly be looking to do is reupholster and upcycle any old wood you have lying around the house. By doing so you can create a highly bespoke style all for a low cost, and what could be better that that?
Specifically, you should find some old wooden chairs of yours and give them the reupholstering they’ve been crying out for for years. But, reupholstering an old chair will only get you so far; no, you also need to work on its aesthetic appeal too. And to do this, you need to partake in a spot of upcycling. You need to bring the chair back to life by giving it a fresh lick of paint and by fitting other components to it. Basically, just don’t throw out any wood you have lying around your home or in your shed, because it can be used in your wooden interior design endeavour.
Buy lacquer coated timber furniture
As much as you may want to be frugal with this wooden endeavour, however, there are times when it is clever to spend big. And, something that you should be spending big on is lacquer coated timber furniture, such as tables. You should do so because this type of furniture is hardwearing — basically, it lasts a long, long time. And, rather than having to constantly spend on bringing in new furniture to replace old ones that have been afflicted with wear and tear, you should a costlier yet far more trustworthy piece that will last you near enough a lifetime. Doing so is definitely worthwhile, especially if you are putting the piece of furniture in an area in your home of high traffic, such as its hallway.
But it’s not all about wood
Of course, no home can only be adorned in wood: if this were to happen, it would just look a bit too wooden. No, if you truly want to recreate a great wooden look in your home, you need to be prepared to mix it in with a host of other materials that are harmonious in the way that they compliment the wooden look. This could mean combining the previously mentioned timber finishes you create in your home with inset stone tops or areas that are adorned in leather. By doing so, you would give your home a highly refined look about it. And, ultimately, you want your home to look refined, right?
And no home can look refined without the right colour scheme backing it up. And, when it comes to choosing a colour scheme to back up the wooden look, you have to be very careful to only choose colours that call into the neutral palette category. These colours include bronze and cream, and when there are used correctly in your home they will only prove to accentuate the wooden feel.
And of course, you can’t just have wood in your home because of the practicality issues that would arise from doing so. Well you can’t have wooden radiators fitted, can you? The wood would just burn at the first sight of the heating come on. But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t have designer radiators fitted around your home that compliment your wooden look, does it? No, radiators no longer have to be boring white boxes, they come in any colour and in any shape you want. And if you want to truly have your radiators match the wooden design of your home, then try having vertical radiators fitted that are coloured black.
Going against the grain and bashing your next interior design around a wooden theme can bring your home that refined look it’s been calling out for for years. And, as seen above, this kind of style can most certainly be achieved, whether you’re on a budget or not.