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Creative Ways to Incorporate Wood into Your Home, and What Woods To Use

The home design world has been abuzz about texture in 2022, and there’s no better way to add texture in your home than through the use of wood. The natural patterns and colors it adds to any space are unmatched, and you can customize your choices to your exact liking. Here are some of the ways you can add wood to your home, in addition to the kinds of wood you should consider. 

Exterior

Wood isn’t just a material for the interior of your home; you can use it in the exterior as well. 

“It’s not only the walls, it can be the deck, feature wall, your roof, your windows, your fencing,” says David Malka, co-founder of DYM Builders Group and Architecture and Design by DYM. “So you can have all wood everywhere, or just a few different elements, and different types of finishes.”

Siding

Wood siding has long been a popular choice for homes. In a time where many choose vinyl or plastic siding, wood can make a statement and bring longevity to your exterior. Wood siding comes in many forms, from horizontal slats to vertical boards. You can do your whole exterior in wood, or just choose one wall to outfit in the material for a bold feature. Wood siding can also be painted any color you like if you don’t prefer the look of the raw wood. Pine and cedar are the two main woods used for exterior sidings. 

Decks

Adding a deck to your house can create usable outdoor space and a big aesthetic feature. While some choose composite materials for tehir decks, real wood is still a popular and sturdy choice. Redwood and cedar are popular choices for decks. Or, you can use pressure-treated wood of a variety of wood species. Pressure-treated wood holds up to outdoor conditions, heavy use, and water. 

Fences & Architectural Features

A fence can make a big difference in the landscape of your yard. Wood fences are a classic feature that can withstand the test of time. Pine, cedar, cypress, and redwood are all good options for a fence. 

In addition to fences, you can incorporate wood into the architectural features of your exterior. For example, you can add wooden shutters, wooden beams, or wooden flower beds to add a pop of texture.

Interior

There are just as many ways, if not more, to incorporate natural wood into the interior of your home. 

Kitchen 

Wood is still the primary material of choice for kitchen cabinets. Although cabinets are often painted a solid color, leaving the texture of the wood on display can add a natural warmth to your kitchen. While many pre-made cabinets are made of wood-like materials or composites, many wood cabinets are still made of genuine wood. Popular choices include red oak, white oak, hickory, cherry, hard maple, birch, ash, and pine. 

Additionally, wood is also a popular choice for countertops. Butcher block countertops are typically made of hard maple, teak, birch, or walnut wood. They add a natural element ot the kitchen and are easy to maintain. 

Custom Furniture

While lots of pre-made furniture is made with composite and vinyl material to replicate wood, or only a bit of wood on the outside, it’s still possible to find completely wooden furniture. The easiest way to ensure your furniture is completely wood is to get it custom-made or make it yourself. For example, built-in shelving and storage can add a design feature to your home while also providing function. 

Floors

While there are many options that look like wood, like vinyl planks, they cannot replicate the exact look and feel of real wood. 

“And sometimes you can not really get the tone and the venins and the look of the real wood by using Vinyl, although there are very high end luxury vinyls that get really close to it,” says Malka.

Hardwood floors have been undoubtedly popular in the last few decades as a more refined and clean approach than carpeted or tiled floors. Some of the most popular choices are cherry, hickory, American walnut, pine, birch, and bamboo.

Ceilings & Walls

Wood isn’t just for the floor! Add a touch of texture to your ceilings or walls with wood. Wooden ceiling beams are a popular choice that add a rustic feeling to your home. You can also use millwork such as board-and-batten or tongue-and-groove to add even more texture to your ceilings of walls. Malka suggests lattice walls made of bamboo to use as dividers between rooms such as the kitchen or dining room. 

Working with a contractor

No matter what renovations you want to make to your house, make sure you work with a trusted contractor like DYM Builders Group to ensure quality. DYM Builders Group has an in-house design and architecture team that will make sure your project is exactly to your liking.