Using Wood On Walls, Ceilings, And More

Ever wonder what you can do with wood besides put it on the floor? That’s actually just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to ways you can integrate the outdoors into your home. These days, homeowners are often eschewing carpet for the natural, clean look of wood for flooring, but they’re also using it as an interior design accent, a wall covering, a ceiling material, and a way to emphasize texture and scale.

Using Wood As An Accent

You don’t have to cover your walls or floor with wood to use it in a tasteful, pleasing way. In fact, wood can be used simply as an accent and you’ll still get the natural look homeowners love so much. Look for ways to integrate it in accent pieces, furniture, and even place settings. Reclaimed wood is a popular choice for those with an artistic bent.

Brian Patrick Flynn, an interior designer consulted for this year’s “Wood, Naturally” campaign, and other experts suggested several ways reclaimed wood could be used in interior design, explaining, “Upcycling wood found in barns and older buildings gives homeowners the chance to bring new life to beautifully aged wood.” Among other uses, homeowners might choose barn doors for a headboard or old fence planks for a nightstand or end table.

The interior designers also said, “Weathered wood has a unique quality that can really add character to a space. Leave the wood weathered or grayed, or you can refinish the wood for a polished look.”

Wooden Ceilings Or Walls
Homeowners rarely give a second thought to how their ceilings look, unless that ceiling is covered in wood. Using wood on the ceiling adds visual interest with its architectural detail, attracting the eye upward. Flynn said homeowners might use “wood trim, plank, decking, or even siding” as ceiling materials or just as decorative elements. Highlighting the ceiling this way makes it a “fifth wall,” rather than an invisible boundary.

Combining all wood ceilings and walls might be a little much (unless you’re going for a cabin-in-the-woods look) but doing a single wall in wood can add visual interest similar to covering only the ceiling in wood. Sandra Powell, interior design blogger, said, “Paneled walls and ceilings have been on trend for a while now, and are still going strong. Whether an appearance wall features stained or natural wood, it will add beauty, character, and personality to a room.” Stained wood creates an elegant feeling, while leaving it natural creates a more rustic, outdoorsy-look.

Wood With Scale And Texture
There isn’t just a single type of all-purpose wood. It comes in all different grains, colors, even fragrances (cedar is distinctly different from pine). The amount of wood you use and its texture can significantly impact its effect on the room. For instance, designers suggested using wood for molding, wainscoting, and trim to add dimension and scale. Wainscoting, for instance, points the eye upwards, making a small room feel taller. A large baseboard, on the other hand, grounds a room with high ceilings, giving a room with open concept more definition.

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