Coming Out of the Woodworks: Creative Uses for Wood in Home Décor

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Image: Emily Andrews for Dwell

When I think of wood as a building material, it’s almost always as a choice for a home’s exterior. What could be more traditional than a wooden house? Of course, wood has also been used for flooring since flooring was invented, so seeing wood inside a home is nothing new; but what are some more unexpected uses for wood in home décor? Let’s take a look…

This kitchen above is stunning. The materials used in the floor and island are terrific and those huge windows forming most of the outside wall are great. But the real showstopper here is that herringbone patterned wood ceiling. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it—certainly not used for a ceiling treatment. Amazing!


Wooden Bathtub
Image: Apartment80

This is not the first wooden bathtub we’ve seen, but in these stark surroundings it’s certainly one of the most dramatic. In some cultures a wooden tub is traditional; this couldn’t be more stunning and unexpected.


Wood Doorjamb
Image: Nicki Dobree Interior Design

It’s a simple idea with a big impact: create a wood surround—a doorjamb, if you will—for a built in kitchen appliance. It elevates the fixture and provides unexpected interest. Plus I’m guessing it’s a bit more affordable than the full herringbone treatment on the ceiling!


Wood Landing
Image: Doug Fogelson/DRFP for Dwell

Here a tavern-to-home conversion steps up by using creatively layered wood as the stairway landing. A real compliment to the brick wall and steel staircase, what makes this so special is the design. This is not a single slab of wood or even a concrete landing with a wooden veneer, but many boards layered together to create a beautifully textured and visually complex landing.

How have you used wood in your home?

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