By Ruth Garner, Houzz
Few things warm up a room better than the authentic patina and rich tones of reclaimed wood. Even a simple panel or shelf brings a unique, natural element to a room — and it works whether the room is contemporary or traditional, adding character and warmth. A table is an easy route to adding a timber note, but why not think laterally and use planks as a headboard or driftwood to frame a mirror? If you want to create a stripped-back vibe, here are 6 ideas to get you started.
AR Design Studio Ltd, original photo on Houzz
1. Frame it in white. This stripped-down door surrounded entirely by white looks so striking. Search for vintage wooden designs in salvage yards, but make sure you hire a professional to hang any doors — it’s a surprisingly tricky job.
Blakes London, original photo on Houzz
2. Use white oiled wood for Scandinavian charm. Using white oiled wood is a great way to enjoy the grain and texture of reclaimed wood, but the overall look is paler. This Scandinavian-style kitchen looks fresh yet warm and inviting thanks to the timber, which adds masses of character.
Tate Studio Architects, original photo on Houzz
3. Create your own light fixture. A timber beam suspended from the ceiling and draped with bulbs makes for an attention-grabbing pendant light. It’s also a great way to incorporate the hot trend of bare bulbs — why not try this look with a colorful cord?
Urban Grain, original photo on Houzz
4. Build a console that’s full of character. These scaffolding planks, joined together and fitted to short legs, create a display surface for trinkets and treasures. The galvanized steel details and scuffs whisper of their history, adding personality to this simple space.
Stephen Graver Ltd, original photo on Houzz
5. Call in a classic. A well-loved farmhouse table is the simplest way to add a touch of timber to a room. This piece brings warmth to a cool white kitchen and works as a surface for cooking prep or eating informal meals.
Cabbages & Roses Ltd, original photo on Houzz
6. Get a headboard for your bed. These reclaimed-wood headboards chime beautifully with the natural look of the room. Make sure any planks you use are well sanded to avoid splinters, though — the smooth wood will still add oodles of color and character.