Wooden interiors have made a strong comeback in the 2020s and we’re here for it. With a little more class than 70s-style wood panelling, homes are becoming timber wonderlands. From floor to ceiling and everything in between, there are a variety of ways to add wood to your design styles.
We’ve taken a look at the five most popular wooden interior design trends of this decade so far. So, if you’re needing a bit of inspiration, read on to find out how you can master this style.
The first use of wood is one that we are sure will never go out of style. Wooden floors were challenged for a while by carpet, but before long people returned to the open, grand feel of natural wood.
There are numerous varieties of wood flooring and although solid wood flooring has been known to be difficult to maintain (and expensive) there are now other options such as engineered wood flooring which uses a real wood veneer but has added layers for durability.
If you’re updating your flooring and want to hit the 20s wooden trend hard, then opt for a darker wood. Dark wood is particularly in fashion at the moment. Dark flooring provides a perfect homely feel which looks chic year-round and creates the illusion of more space.
The wooden ceiling is really a trend for those that are looking for the wow factor in their homes. The colour and feel of a timber ceiling add a softness and warm light that can’t be achieved with a painted surface.
This look works best with white or neutral-coloured painted walls, to give the space an open feel. This look also has a distinctly nautical vibe, owing to the ‘below deck’ appearance of the wood. You can pair it well with sea blues and greens.
Another great look to try with a wooden ceiling is the charming, rustic decor. By adding distressed wood to your ceiling you will immediately create a warmth that will hug you as soon as you enter. This look works perfectly in cottages, especially when paired with wood flooring and white walls.
Over recent decades, wooden furniture has been set aside to make room for upholstered, metal and glass furniture. The Minimalist style, which borrows many Brutalist themes, favours the clean lines and simplicity that glass and metal can offer.
Now, however, wood furniture is making a strong comeback; perhaps owing to the uptake in upcycling vintage furniture and antiques. Wood is one of the easiest materials to work with if you’re considering creating your own furniture or upcycling existing pieces. Unlike metal, there are few specific tools needed and generally repairs are much safer.
Although many of us never expected the return of wood panelling, it is back and it is looking better than ever. While there is still room for traditional, flat-style wide-plank panelling, a new trend has emerged for thin, textured panels.
Typically used to create a feature wall, contemporary wall panelling often has stunning results. There are also more long-standing home trends of using wood panelling that are still popular. Large wood panels which are often painted and indented with patterns are often used in hotels and households worldwide.
Using raw wood in a home is a really nice trend to get an outdoor feeling indoors and feel more connected to nature. You can craft organic bits of driftwood into shelving, or a fireplace. You can also use it to cover a coffee table or as a seat above a radiator.
Raw wood is a great way to get on the wood trend without having to make significant renovations to your home.
Hopefully, this article has inspired you to make some home trends that include wood. Wood is a great material to use in the home as it is a sustainable resource, and many retailers of wood products will make reforestation efforts part of their company ethos. Make sure that you purchase from companies that are helping to maintain the balance of the planet.