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How to Use Reclaimed Wood in Your Home

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Using reclaimed wood in interiors is gaining popularity for its organic, rustic look and eco-friendliness. Reclaimed wood brings texture and visual interest to a space, not to mention a sense of history. Reclaimed wood comes from several sources -- salvaged wood pieces from old structures like cladding, flooring and beams as well as pallet wood. There are benefits to using reclaimed wood beyond the aesthetics. It's eco-friendly (i.e it's not going into a landfill or the reason for cutting down a younger tree).  It also won't warp or split the way newer wood can. Reclaimed wood works in a variety of design styles. It is obviously good for a rustic, barn-like look or country home feel but it also works equally well in modern and industrial chic interiors. There are several ways to incorporate reclaimed wood into your home.  One of the most obvious ways is through fixed finishes such as flooring and paneling, or structural elements such as beams, columns and trusses. All the wood seen in this living room is reclaimed -- we love the ceiling treatment, the variations in colors are gorgeous and very typical of reclaimed wood.  An existing beam in the house was re-purposed as a mantel.  You don't have to cover entire surfaces with reclaimed wood -- you can get the same warm, textural effect of the wood by dedicating a single wall or panel to the material.   An accent wall or panel of reclaimed wood can quickly become the focal point of a room and is less overwhelming than entire walls or ceilings covered by reclaimed wood planks. This type of wood doesn't need to look rustic. The bleached wood island and cabinets in this sleek modern kitchen are made of reclaimed wood. Reclaimed wood is a perfect accompaniment to industrial chic. The furniture and storage piece above are made of reclaimed wood and have the "salvage" look associated with the industrial chic style. One of the easiest ways to add reclaimed wood to your interiors is via furniture:   1. Sometimes your kitchen is too small for a conventional island, in which case this distressed elm wood side table is a perfect solution as it's on casters and can be moved to the side when you're not using it. 2. The Tioga Reclaimed Wood Bed in an acorn finish looks great in an industrial chic style bedroom.  Bonus?  It's FSC certified, which means that 100% of the materials are reclaimed and re-purposed. 3. This bookshelf with a distinct midcentury modern feel has a dark antique bleached finish with waxed black frame. 4. If your interiors are more Scandinavian in style, this teak chair in a natural finish with a white woven cowhide seat would be perfect in a dining room -- you can even use it outside! 5. If you want to dress up your laundry room a bit (an often ignored space that shouldn't be) a cheeky print featuring a simple laundry symbol in a reclaimed wood frame would be perfect. 6. The stainless steel base gives this reclaimed oak coffee table a modern edge . 7. Add two table lamps to this low bookshelf made of reclaimed elm in a distressed finish and you have a perfect console for an entryway or a sofa table for your living room.   Reclaimed wood is a very versatile material that can come in a variety of finishes; sleek and smooth or distressed and uneven, which makes it a great addition to your interior design, whether it is modern or traditional or somewhere in between. Image Sources: dwell ; dwell ; The Interior Collective ; Remodelista l; Decorator's Notebook






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