Remember when, decades ago, all wood types and tones had to match in a home, or at the very least in a room? There was extraordinarily minor variation of texture or colors in most homes. Most décor was resin, glass, or metal. Sure, it was probably different among various cultures, but overall, that was the theme.
Over the past few decades, designers and homeowners have decided to go out on a limb and mix various wood types and tones, adding interest and contrast. Grounding living spaces with natural wood finishings, including décor, has given way to “bringing the outdoors, in,” and, let’s face it, nature inspires us all with its beauty.
Earthy Interiors Trend
Design experts forecasted that earthy interiors would be one of the hottest home trends several years ago, and they were right. The trend continues to flourish in 2022. Like peas and carrots, natural decor and earthy interiors go together to create a pleasing cohesiveness to your space.
What Wood Types are Popular?
White Oak White Oak has become a staple in interior design over the past few years. It is durable, resilient, and versatile. Though not waterproof, white oak is also known for its water resistance. White Oak floors and/or cabinets give a more open and lighter feel to a room. Want the durability, but looking for something darker than “white?” Don’t let the name fool you, white oak comes in light, medium, and dark tones, just as most woods.
Walnut Strong, stable, and shock resistant, walnut is known for its durability. With unique irregularities that add character, Walnut’s generally straight grain gives it a premium look. According to Wood & Co, “Its signature dark color lends itself well to a variety of design styles. It can be used in a more traditionally designed or classic kitchen, living room, dining room, or office. It also works well in more streamlined and modern design styles.”
Maple Maple offers a traditional and modern approach to flooring and cabinetry. Denser than oak, maple has a slight edge against wear and tear. Maple’s grain is much less dramatic in size and color from oak and other woods. That calmer pattern makes maple ideal in larger rooms where you don’t want the floor to seem busy.
Knotty Alder Because of its abundance and sustainability, alder is often referred to as the “greener choice.” Evenly textured, with a subdued grain pattern, Alder has a moderate weight and hardness and uniform, small pore structure and consistency of color. Alder has become a preferred wood for finishing.
Is There Any Better Way to Make Your Home Feel More Natural?
The perfect way to enhance and accentuate your cabinet and flooring choices is to compliment them with other natural, carefully crafted wooden elements, as well as other items found in nature including plants, flowers, rocks, etcetera. What better way to make your home more natural and cozier than by adding carefully crafted wooden elements?
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