Tactile textures and authenticity are in the spotlight, and wood is an obvious choice for your home. Here’s how to integrate this timeless classic into any theme – modern, contemporary or vintage.
• Showcase your pieces. When you think about it, there are probably few rooms in the house that don’t already have a wooden feature of some sort, whether it’s a distressed kitchen table or a simple window frame. That said, Sara Allievi of Maldini maintains that the best place for your favourite wooden piece is the living room, where it instantly adds a sense of homeliness. “Combine wooden pieces with warm fabrics,” she advises.
• Go natural. There are, of course, a plethora of different shades and textures to choose from – so which to go for? Natural stained wood that allows you to see the grain is best, says Allievi – it has all the signature charm of wood, but is sufficiently versatile to withstand changing trends.
• Avoid the eclectic. Mixing and matching is exciting at the moment, but be wary of going overboard. Less is more, says Allievi, so steer clear of too much opulence and excessive detail. On the other hand, a touch of bronze or brass can enhance wood’s warmth.
• Explore and experiment. As a sustainable material, wood is a great choice for new builds and alterations alike. Wooden windows can be especially striking, says Cobus Lourens of Swartland Windows and Doors, making a space look bigger and brighter and providing continuity and flow between indoors and outdoors.
• Play with mouldings to make a statement. DADO rails and picture rails are a quick and easy way to create contrast and interest in a room. They can also be an economic decorative device, as you can use plain pine for the moulding, then paint it a colour to suit your scheme.