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Interior Design with Wood: Ways to Incorporate it

Modern kitchen design with wood on countertops, built-in cabinets, and floor

If there’s one material that will never go out of style, it is wood. Wood enriches a space by adding texture and character. It is also incredibly versatile – wood can be used in just about any style of home.

Better yet, as long as sustainable harvesting practices are used, wood is a sustainable building material and will be around indefinitely.

If you’d like to design with wood in your home’s interior, here are a few ideas to help get you started:

Dining room as part of a whole house remodel by T.W. Ellis

Hardwood Flooring – The Household Staple

Wood flooring is a timeless staple in the home – in fact, it dates back to the medieval period! Wood floors give your space a warm, rich feel and can pair with virtually any other decorative style. We especially like using hardwood flooring in the living room or dining area, but they can be used throughout the home.

Wooden Counters

Natural, live-edged wood counters can be the centerpiece in the kitchen or in the bathroom. Using wood for your countertops can look rustic or modern, depending on how you style them.

When paired with light, bright cabinets, wood countertops can give your space a surprisingly classy feel. However, it can look rustic paired with dark cabinets and natural stone flooring.

Remember that wood countertops can be challenging to maintain, especially in the kitchen. You’ll have to be careful to clean up spills right away and make sure not to set hot dishes directly on them.

bathroom design with wooden walls for a sauna feel

Wood on the Walls

Wood paneling was a huge trend in the 1970s, and while you may not be crazy about the idea of bringing this trend back, we think it’s time. When done correctly, wood paneling can make a room feel warm and cozy. If you’re going to include wood panels in your home design, we advise that the flooring is different. It could even be another type of wood. You don’t want the same style and configuration of wood on the walls and the floors.

Wood on the Ceiling

We love dressing up ceilings, and a design with wood is a great way to do so. If you have a Spanish or Mediterranean-style home, large, exposed beams add a lot of character and are the perfect finishing touch to the space.

Surprisingly, wood beams on the ceiling work with mid-century modern and even farmhouse homes as well – as we said, wood is incredibly versatile!

Instead of beams, you can use wood planks to cover the entire ceiling. Not only will this create a beautiful decorative element to your space, but it also provides acoustic benefits. Trust us, the extra detail on your ceiling will be the piece your space was missing.

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