A brief guide to using wood in interior design

Wood has long been used by interior designers and furniture-makers as a functional and aesthetically pleasing material. In fact, some woodwork techniques such as timber framing have been in use for millennia. First developed by the Romans around 50 AD, this framing technique went on to be used in increasingly impressive structures across the world and is still employed today.

As with all architectural and interior design trends, of course, wood has gone in and out of fashion over the years. During the 1970s, the world of interior design experienced a surge in people looking for vertical wooden panels to adorn their homes, much like the panels found in saunas of the era. Whilst this somewhat kitschy fashion faded over the next decade or so, wood has seen a popular resurgence in recent years.

What do modern wooden interiors look like?

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What are the advantages of using wood in the home?

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Wood is amazingly strong and easy to clean

On a practical level, wood is a hugely practical material. It will not rust and is very strong, meaning that it can be cleaned often and will cope well with daily wear and tear. If you live in an environment with kids or pets, for example, opting for wooden interiors is a great way to protect yourself from costly damage.

Wood has mental health benefits

According to recent studies, wood has positive effects on mental health. Indeed, woody objects and design features help to reduce stress levels as they allow people to feel closer to nature. Opting for a wooden feature wall and a rustic wooden bench, for example, could help you feel brighter and happier every day of the week.

Wood is environmentally friendly

As well as looking fantastic, wood is one of the least environmentally harmful construction materials available. This is because processing wood releases fewer carbon emissions than other types of material and is a great insulator. It is no coincidence that so-called ‘eco-homes’ feature so much wood: it is vital material for trapping heat. If you’re looking to embrace eco-friendly materials and make your home look environmentally friendly, therefore, wooden interiors are a great way to go.

It is aesthetically versatile

Wood looks great in almost any room and can be used for a whole host of design applications. Depending on your aesthetic tastes, wood can be stained, painted or repurposed quickly and easily. It also fits with a variety of colour schemes and generally has an essence of timelessness about it.

So how should I embrace the wooden trend?

As already explained, the wooden trend is relatively easy to adopt. Whether you have a penchant for delicate wooden ornaments or would like to overhaul your room with new wooden floors and panelled walls, there are plenty of options available to you.

If you’re looking to achieve a high-end wooden-walled look at a great price, Modulo is here to help. Our affordable wooden veneers represent affordable alternatives to wooden panels and look just as gorgeous. Whether you’re after a rural, rustic look or a minimalist industrial feel, our wooden panels will help you to achieve it.

For more information and to browse our wooden panels, visit the Modulo product collection pages.