Exposed wood was once designated for log cabins rather than suburban or city homes. Now, opting for natural, organic accents is trending in the interior design world, regardless of home location. Reclaimed wood features are beautiful and environmentally-conscious fixtures that any owner can install themselves or by hiring a professional.
Here are five prime places to feature recycled wood at home.
1. Ceiling Beams
Interior design enthusiasts sometimes overlook ceilings in favor of more visible upgrades. However, adding decorative statements to ceilings can change homes immensely. Homeowners can choose from various designs, including hand hewn lumber – for a more rustic look – and box beams that hide electrical wires. While some designers prefer to go the faux route, utilizing reclaimed pieces is a green alternative offering better aesthetic quality than any replicas on the market. Sand, stain or paint beams for polished looks that match traditional interiors.
2. Plank Walls
Source: American Dream Builders
Consider adding some texture to bland surfaces in the home with do-it-yourself (DIY) pallet walls. Home improvement enthusiasts can pick up free pallets at most home improvement stores, as they often discard damaged or unusable planks. Although it’s always better to discover free materials, wood tends to carry pesticides and critters. Be conscious of where wood is coming from, and clean pieces as best as possible before bringing indoors to assemble.
3. DIY Furnishings
Benches, coffee tables, cabinets and consoles, among many other furnishings, can be outfitted using upcycled wood. Woodworking projects require patience and the appropriate tools, so keep projects small and manageable until developing advanced skills. DIY beginners can rent specialized tools at local hardware stores until their hobby frequency justifies purchasing equipment. Start with basic headboards and small side tables. Then, consider moving onto bigger tasks such as dining tables and hutches.
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Floating wood shelves are considered staples in the “organic modern” design realm. Albeit basic, floating shelves tend to make bland walls appear sleek while allowing residents to showcase their most prized possessions. To construct minimalist floating shelves, build and fix frames to act as invisible brackets or support systems. Then, cover hollow areas with wood and stain or paint entirely.
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Wood floors are classic and clean, which is why homeowners tend to opt for them over carpet or tile. However, freshly-cut planks damage the environment. Opt for previously-installed wood to upgrade dated floors, and save a few trees in the process. Some homeowners are lucky to discover old hardwoods after carpet removal – in which case, it’s always best to sand and refinish. Refinishing existing floors saves money and helps preserve the integrity of antique or historical homes.
Recycled wood pallets satisfy eco-friendly enthusiasts, mid-century designers and rustic fans. Consider using reclaimed wood to stage homes for sale and appeal to a wide variety of buyers on the market. Avoid adding too much natural wood in the home, as an over-abundance of reclaimed features may appear overly pastoral.
By Jennifer Riner of Zillow