With so many choices to consider during the planning and implementing of interior design, it can be challenging to make a decision you won’t regret. Aside from your overall goal, you also need to consider the spatial limitations and the budget.
Whether you’re planning to update a space or create something from scratch, wood can offer a lot of benefits to interior design.
Wood is arguably the most cost-efficient option there is. It has a timeless beauty and can also last a long time. Plus, it can be sustainably sourced and has plenty of uses for both the interior and exterior of the house.
Here are three ways you can incorporate it in your interior design in a way that will enhance your home’s overall beauty and functionality:
1. Reduce Clutter Through Clever Storage
One of the best methods to improve your home’s interior is to remove clutter. And what better way to do this than incorporating clever storage into your interior design?
For this project, joinery – an aspect of woodworking that entails joining together wood or lumber pieces – can offer plenty of options.
While it is sometimes considered as an indulgence, joinery is actually useful in crafting lovely wood fixtures that can help give you a clutter-free home. When done with thorough planning and foresight, joinery will prove to be a worthwhile investment.
Look for the best joinery company in your area and ask them to craft these clever wood storage selections for your home:
Bookshelves are a staple in every home. From the classic floor-to-ceiling fixture to a more cleverly placed piece that maximizes “dead space,” adding bookshelves to your interior design will give you a lovely area to display your books as well as your other personal collections.
When choosing a bookshelf design, be sure to consider the available space and your purpose for adding the fixture. If you’re after maximizing an area behind the door or under the stairs, you can have a floor-to-ceiling shelf built into the wall. You can also incorporate drawers, pull-outs, cabinets, and other custom fitments to make sure all your knickknacks have a place to call home.
If your home has a spare room that doubles as guest lodging, then incorporating a daybed is an excellent use of wood in your interior design. Aside from adding a modern-day feel to the room, daybeds also provide extra living space and elbow room, especially ones that are made to be tucked away when not in use.
Believe it or not, there are plenty of ways to build an ergonomic and stylish daybed that can be hidden into spaces you didn’t even know existed. Your daybed can be designed to be pulled down from the wall or pulled out from a corner or under a bench on demand.
Custom Built-in Wardrobes
Another nifty woodwork you can try to incorporate in your interior is built-in wardrobes. Designed to hold as many clothes as the space allows, these custom-made fixtures not only serve as excellent storage but also blends perfectly into the interior design.
The best part is, you can have almost every type of storage built into them – from shelves, drawers, and pull-outs to shoe racks and hanger rails.
To make the most out of the space, you should consider what items you will store in it. For example, shelves would work well for folded clothes and shoes but not for your outfits that need to be hanged.
Tuck-Away Work Desks
If you love daybeds that can be hidden in tight spaces or on the wall, then you’ll absolutely adore tuck-away work desks that let you work on-demand and keep it hidden when it’s time to focus on other things.
When needed, you can use these neat built-in fixtures as an office desk or a kitchen counter. After you’re done, simply fold them up and tuck them away. This makes it a perfect tool to achieve work-life balance.
2. Add Class with Wooden Floors
Often, incorporating wood in an interior automatically paints a picture of wooden flooring.
In this aspect, parquet floors are quite a popular option, especially for classic interior designs. Parquet, which essentially entails a geometrically patterned wooden floor, offers a hint of luxury while maintaining that welcoming warmth many of us seek in a home.
Once you decide to use this type of flooring in your home design, you would encounter plenty of options made from oak planks. These are often treated with oil or varnish.
Aside from the finish, these planks will also vary in thickness, widths, and lengths. You can also order parquet pieces with special shapes, like mosaic or herringbone, depending on what suits your interior design.
3. Make Visually-Versatile Doors and Stairs
Since wood is very easy to work with and is naturally beautiful, it is also commonly used for staircases and doors. It can be stained or painted in a variety of ways, making it easier to create a new look for the space with just a small change in these aspects of the interior design. This may be the reason why many professional interior design contractors choose wood for these parts of the house.
Whether you decide to cover it with a layer of paint or let the stunning grains of the wood shine through, using this material as doors and stairs can definitely result in a visually versatile interior.
The best part is, wood is known to can withstand the test of time – even through heavy foot traffic, as in the case of stairs. It also requires very low maintenance and is easy to clean.
Try Woodwork to Make Your Interior Work
Designing the interior of your home can be quite challenging, especially if you don’t have any clue as to what material to use. Wood is a great option for almost any aspect of interior design. Try to incorporate woodwork into your design by using this article as a guide.
Rachel Hennessey manages the Pools and Landscaping Division of Hennessey LLC. She also works on Tender and Pre-Qualification and brings in new business to the company’s Construction, Interiors and Civils Division.