How to decorate using reclaimed wood

In order to obtain a sustainable design, repurposing and reusing are essential. So don’t throw away good materials and think twice before you decide something can’t be used anymore. Wood is one of the most versatile materials and one of its great advantages is that it ages beautifully and it gains character with time. So don’t underestimate the things you can do with reclaimed wood. And just to show how useful this material can be, we have selected a few examples showcasing designs featuring reclaimed wood.

Even though not very popular in the bathroom, wood can be used to create a warm and more inviting atmosphere. In this particular bathroom, the enclosed space was created using a mix of reclaimed wood for the walls and stainless steel for the frame. The two materials balance each other beautifully.

For the dining room, you can create a beautiful table using reclaimed wood. If you also have an old table frame, making the top is easy. You can use wood featuring different colors or finishes for a more original and unique look.

The bedroom could benefit from a reclaimed wood accent wall. To make things more interesting, use wood with different colors and finishes and alternate them. The wall can also be an extension of the headboard.

Reclaimed wood can also be sued to create a mantel for the fireplace. It can be a shelf that extends from one wall to the other, great for displaying decorations.

Another interesting idea, this time for the kitchen, is to use reclaimed wood to make a kitchen island. The design should be simple and you can improvise and create useful storage compartments. Make sure to keep a nice rustic finish.

This headboard is made from repurposed wooden boards. It’s one of the most simple and useful ways of using reclaimed wood.

Exposed beams usually make any room feel more relaxing, inviting and casual. So if your home doesn’t have exposed beams, don’t worry too much. You can always add them. For example, these beams are made of reclaimed wood and have been installed as faux top plates and ceiling joints, they add character and warmth to the living room.

This is another example of a custom made kitchen island. Just like the one we previously showed you, this one is also made from reclaimed wood. Notice the asymmetrical stripes that give it character.

For a warm and welcoming décor, you can also use reclaimed wood to build a fireplace wall. If complemented by exposed brick walls, the fireplace will integrate perfectly and will give the room a rustic, pleasant look.

We also have another great project for the bathroom. It’s a custom vanity that can also be made out of reclaimed wood. You only need a few boards, preferably made from the same type of wood and with the same color and finish. Add a mirror or two and some light fixtures and you’ll get a lovely bathroom vanity.

This stylish living room features a contemporary interior but fails to feel cold and minimalist thanks to the ceiling. The living room gets its texture and warmth from the reclaimed wood ceiling and coffee table. The colors are neutral and they help maintain a light and airy décor.

And here’s our last project. This one is focusing on making the wine cellar feel authentic and inviting. The ceiling, paneled walls and even the wine racks and storage shelves are all made of reclaimed wood. It’s a great way of adding texture and character to a space.

Picture sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 ,10 and 11.

Published by in How To, Tips, and Advice, on November 13th, 2012


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