Decorating a home with wood is one of the fastest and easiest ways to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Wood has long been a favorite as a home decorating material. Not only is it used in the construction of almost every home, but there are also plenty of creative ways to use wood decoratively. If you’d like to add more wood to your home but need a few new ideas for inspiration, here are a few tips that can help you get started.
Highlight Your Home’s Natural Architectural Features
When decorating your home, it is important to remember that it’s architectural features can have a lot of visual appeal. In fact, the woodwork and trim in many older homes is nothing short of spectacular. Although modern construction techniques often take the place of traditional skilled woodworkers when building today’s homes, there is still a lot to be said about calling more attention to existing wood features. This is why many people cringe at the thought of painting natural woodwork. However, even painted woodwork can have warmth and appeal, especially if it also features decorative detailing and striking features.
If your home already includes a number of striking wood architectural features, decorating your home with contemporary wall artwork is the natural choice. When choosing wood wall art pieces, try to select those that have a style and coloration that will coordinate nicely with the other wood features of your home. By doing so, you’ll create a more coordinated and harmonious look.
Many people find that focusing on wall artwork is one of the most effective ways to use art within their home. This is because a room’s walls are almost always visible, no matter where a person is sitting or standing. Because of this high visibility, wall art pieces are frequently used as focal points.
Decorating with Wood Furniture
When decorating your home, never underestimate the visual impact of beautiful wood furniture pieces. Although in today’s homes upholstered furniture pieces have become the norm, there is still a place for beautifully finished wood. Rocking chairs, dining room sets, cabinets, tables, dressers and bed frames made from wood can all add a look of warmth, class and distinction to a home. Trees wall hangings can accentuate the look of wood without actually being made of wood – the association between trees and wood can be the coordinating factor.
Although many people think that all the wood furniture pieces in a room are required to match, this isn’t actually the case. In fact, many decorators feel that perfectly matching furniture pieces can detract from the visual appeal and interest of a room. Instead of focusing on making sure every piece matches, it’s usually better to try to match the overall style or perhaps the predominant color of the wood finish. For example, furniture pieces that vary quite a bit in overall style can still work together to create a coordinated look if the color of the finish is similar. The same is true with the overall style and lines of furniture pieces. As long as there is at least one common color or design thread connecting the pieces, they will look coordinated. Of course, if you prefer a more eclectic style of decorating, you’ll be able to place even less focus on making sure that furniture pieces match and coordinate. However, it’s still important to look for furniture and decorating accessories that can be combined to create a pleasing and harmonious look.