Archive for February 2010

Don’t you just love wood? I do! A home featuring wood crafts, whether traditional or contemporary, folk art or hand-carved furniture really captures a unique style of beauty. It doesn’t matter whether you are proudly displaying family heirlooms or collectibles gathered throughout the years. Using wood as a backdrop throughout your home will set the stage for these treasures to come to life and enhance your home’s sense of warmth and style.

Here are some tips for adding wood decor to your home.

adding wood decor to your homeStart with your entry way.
A great looking, hand-carved wood entry door will set the tone before anyone even takes a step into your home. A custom built and carved wood door informs those entering your home of your own personal style. To make your wood entry system really stand out it should feature the unique details of the wood’s character. You can get doors like this specially created by artisans who carefully craft each masterpiece to match and highlight a home’s architectural details.

Utilize interior decorative wood pieces.
Decorative pieces are available in the wood species and style of your choice. They can include items from furniture to clocks and artwork to even your windows and doors. adding wood decor to your homeMany of these pieces are still being created by hand by artisans utilizing their skills. They can be made to replicate the exquisite works of old-world craftsmen, or can be unique new original designs. These craftsmen make each piece individually. Often they choose the lumber themselves and plan each piece of the item specifically to bring out the true beauty of the wood.

Create your own style.
You can carry your wood theme throughout your home including when you select mouldings, cabinetry and any additional woodwork. You need to consider that using the same species of wood all through your home creates a truly harmonious, classic feel. Or by using a blend of two or three different species and coordinating these different types of wood you can create a varied and eclectic look.

adding wood decor to your homeThere are so many different species to choose from. In North America you can choose from pine, cedar, birch, maple, oak and rosewood. Also great international species like mahogany, acacia, ebony, Brazilian walnut, bamboo and teak add extra special interest. These woods complement each other and promise an exotic design that will add interest and character to each room.

Mix and match old with new.
When decorating, match hand-carved wood items with factory-built accents, which are stylish yet economical. Handcrafted tables, cedar chests and armoires blend seamlessly with manufacturer-made wood picture frames, clocks and candlesticks. Mixing in your antique treasures will add that final touch, giving your home the individuality you desire and a proud display of your prized possessions.