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Tips from the JWH Team: Reclaimed Wood

06-19-17

Mixing old and new woods

Mixing JWH Custom Cabinetry with reclaimed wood details

In recent years, reclaimed wood has been making its way into home design in a major way. From wall treatments to dining tables, people are finding creative methods to use re-purposed elements, and it’s no wonder why. Reclaimed wood adds warmth and infuses spaces with Old World charm and history that is not the same as new materials. Here are some of our favorite ways to incorporate this eco-friendly element into your home design.

Salvaged Wood Wall

Want to instantly inject texture, warmth and farmhouse-flavor to your living space? Add an accent wall made from salvaged wood. This is a great way to balance a neutral space, create a focal point and make a huge visual statement in any room. When selecting what kind of wood to use, the options are endless: Reclaimed wood comes in a myriad of colors, finishes, and textures sourced from shipping pallets, boats, barns, sheds, mills and even your own home remodel. A powerful architectural feature, a salvaged wood wall can be customized into your very own at–home art installation.

Reclaimed Wood Flooring

When adding new flooring, consider using repurposed wood for your new stomping grounds. Both aesthetically pleasing and eco-friendly, using reclaimed wood averts the greenhouse gases that are produced when unwanted building materials are incinerated. While the imperfect character of reclaimed wood makes it not as easy to find as traditional flooring options, this flooring material can make for a stellar standalone statement piece right under your feet.

 

Slab Dining Table

There’s no better way to add history and character to your meal table than by using a re-purposed slab of wood. A furniture store just can’t replicate the quality and personality that the heavy vintage beams of reclaimed wood bring to the table. Bring the outdoors in by attaching an entire wood slab to a metal base; have some fun by reusing a lane from an old bowling alley; or create a rustic design from cobbling together scrap wood pieces in varying sizes, finishes and colors.  There are tons of opportunities to exercise creative freedom with this project.

Repurposed Wood Ceiling

Whether you’re aiming for rustic cabin or city chic, using reclaimed wood on an unexpected ceiling space may be all that’s standing in the way between you and your dream room. From weathered barn wood to freshly sawn lumber, adding exposed beams or milled planks are a great way make dramatic impact without sacrificing valuable floor or wall space.

If you’re lacking in the design inspiration department, Houzz and Pinterest are great resources to gather ideas, find architectural motivation and showcase style preferences with your designer.  If you’re ready to realize your vision for your home, contact the experts at JWH Design & Cabinetry. With more than 20 years of experience designing kitchens, libraries, baths and family spaces, we’ve got the tools and know-how to get you on the path to success!

 

 


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