Whether it is showcased in the old-fashioned way or in a contemporary way, wood inspires the authenticity and conviviality that we seek in our interiors. Focus on this star material of the decoration and adopt wood in your home design.
The living room, the kitchen, the bedroom and even the bathroom – wood comes into our interiors to bring a warm touch. The Scandinavian style is back in force, vintage wooden furniture is now present in the homes of many. From floor to ceiling, wood is making a comeback in interior design.
Wooden shelves and storage give character. The central isles and high decorative wood finish chairs are the new trend. The dining areas become again the place for the whole family. In the living room, the painted wooden floors infuse a Californian spirit, while the minimalistic style coffee tables are ideal for harmonizing the space.
Bring in your wooden decor safely
Wood’s use in decoration is endless. However, when it is raw, it is poorly suited for indoor living! That’s why it’s important to take precautions when deciding on making such elements of decor by yourself. When bringing branches home for a wooden decoration, start by planning a place where you can let the branches dry out – in a garage, cellar or garden shed. Protect the floor and walls from the contact with wet branches, which can leave marks on paint or carpets. Finally, make sure that they are out of the way and that you don’t risk stepping on them inadvertently: wood breaks quickly!
Decoration with branches: what to make of them
Even when your branches are dry, they are still not ready for use. You will need to treat them so that they remain healthy: this will prevent you from having to renew your wood decor every few months. To do this, first remove the bark from the branches, then sand them with sandpaper to smooth them. Dust them off, then move on to treatments.
These are of two types and depend on the type of wood. The best strategy is to combine a product that will preserve the wood deeply (keeping mold and insects at bay) and a surface treatment, which will protect the branch against humidity and wear and which will filter out UV rays. This will prevent the wood from tarnishing or getting damaged too quickly.
Once you have completed this work, you will have to decide whether you prefer to stain the wood, varnish it or paint it. The colorless stain lets the wood breathe and keeps it in good condition; the varnish gives it a shiny appearance, and the paint allows you to create the decor of your choice in terms of style and color.
A wood decoration like no other
Once your branches are treated and ready to use, what are you going to do with them? There are many possibilities available. You can, for example, use large branches to create a decorative light, or even a coat rack if the branches are strong enough. You can also create a mobile decoration by suspending various things on threads on a medium branch. The thinnest branches can be used as a table decoration, just let your imagination run wild!
Wood in all its forms
There is almost no limit to the use of treated wood in any interior design. Furniture, decorative items, parquet floors, wall coverings, doors. Wood can also constitute the very structure of the home, such as beams and stairs.
The parquet allows to make a room come to life and feel more warm and cozy. In ceilings, there is nothing prettier than beautiful exposed beams that can be left raw or painted white to highlight the volumes of the room.
In wall covering, the main strengths of wood are its insulating and phonic capacities. It goes wonderfully with other decorative materials such as tiles or concrete. For a staircase, wood looks great if simply varnished or painted, which brings a touch of elegance to the staircase. In damp rooms, such as the kitchen and the bathroom, wood gives authenticity to the usual design.
However, not all types of wood are suitable for these rooms. Preferably choose a class 4 or 5 wood species which will be more resistant to humidity, for example, chestnut and acacia.
For the furniture, nothing would be better than a beautiful dresser or a wooden table in the dining room, all available on homey design. These furniture items contribute to the cozyness of the atmosphere and it bring any home a certain drop of comfort. In decorative objects, one can use wood in little details: frames, mirrors, candle holders, sculptures or lamps. Outside your home, a pretty wooden terrace will be the best way to take advantage of the sunny days.
To conclude, the wood material is an excellent starting point in any decoration. Whether our interior is Scandinavian, industrial, classic, contemporary, retro or rustic, wood adapts to all styles of decor – it can fit into any room of the house! In addition, it blends very well with other materials.
Whether you like it light or dark or in small touches, wood will inevitably find its place in your interior! More particularly, it is an essential element for a natural, ecological, minimalist and ethical design!