Wall-to-wall wood plank wall paneling may no longer be in style, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t incorporate wood into your home decor. In fact, wood remains one of the most timeless and coveted features — you just need to know how to use it in the right way. When utilized correctly, wood will bring warmth and sophistication into just about any room. Whether your aesthetic is more traditional or skews in a contemporary direction, here are just some of the current wood-related design elements that will make your home look more welcoming and on-trend.
- Molding and wainscoting: These two types of wood trim are often thought to be rather old-fashioned, as they can be found in many historic homes. But today’s designers are incorporating wainscoting and crown molding in new ways to give the whole concept a fresh feel. Many times, they’ll choose to do this by changing up the scale of the trim; when done well, this can make small rooms seem much taller (a real asset for apartment-dwellers and those who live in close quarters). In contrast, some designers will opt for larger baseboards in rooms with tall ceilings, which can create more definition without disrupting the traffic flow.
- Plank wood walls: If you want to make a statement or add some character to a space, a wood plank accent wall can be a great choice. Accent wood walls lend themselves well to all kinds of homes, from rustic coastal cottages to sleek, modern apartments. As a material, wood is incredibly versatile; not only are there countless types of wood, but they can be stained to reflect virtually any color preference.
- Wood ceilings: Plank wood walls can bring charm to any room, but putting wood on the ceiling is a popular choice as well. Wood beams can make a home look more historic than it actually is and add visual interest to an area that often goes ignored. The contrast between a light-colored ceiling and dark, farmhouse style beams is one that many families want to replicate in their homes. Alternatively, you can cover the entire ceiling in wood. This concept takes the plank wood wall and turns it on its head.
- Wood in the kitchen: Hardwood floors are still one of the most popular flooring options, which is why the National Association of REALTORS estimates that 54% of home buyers would be willing to spend more on homes that have it. But having wood floors — or any large wood element, for that matter — in the kitchen hasn’t been as common in the past. These days, a lot of homeowners are choosing to go au naturale in their kitchens: wood shelving, cabinets, and even floors are popping up in this area of the home. Wooden cabinets went out of style for a while, but now they’re back in a different way that’s all contemporary without a trace of traditional and outdated.
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