Wood accents are a popular way to add warmth and character to modern interiors. In many cases,wood surfaces are heavily finished, lending a glossy surface that is easy to clean and less prone to damage. All too often, however, these wood finishes come with a price.

Use Wood Accents to Bring Warmth and Charm to Your Modern Interiors

As Architectural Record’s Continuing Education points out, “..the average North American spends 90 percent of his or her time indoors,” which makes it more important than ever to design interior live and work spaces that are aesthetically attractive as well as healthy for our bodies. One way to do this is to use minimally-finished woods, finished with low-voc products, that never compromise the health of a building’s occupants.

There are multiple ways you can take advantage of minimally finished wood accents in your residential or commercial design. The following are a handful of examples:

Wood accents help to add warmth and character to your home's interior.  Source: Houzz

Wood accents help to add warmth and character to your home’s interior. Source: Houzz

Expose the beams. Use attractive structural beams as part of your design. The warm wood tones can be a nice contrast to the larger expanses of walls and windows. Get rid of those space-hogging soffits and consider using a coat of eco-friendly wax that will bring out the warm tones and wood grain accents without adding too much polish and shine.

Make your wood pile an artistic feature. Here is a simple way to use rustic wood in your home decor; this houzz.com picture shows how a recessed wall space and the ends of your firewood can be both practical and artistic.

Exposed wood beams are one option for anyone looking to take advantage of minimally finished wood accents for your home.  Source: Houzz

Exposed wood beams are one option for anyone looking to take advantage of minimally finished wood accents for your home. Source: Houzz

Use reclaimed wood. Why contribute to the demand for new lumber when there is plenty of reclaimed wood to be had? Reclaimed wood often has other interesting accents that add to its appeal, like dramatically weathered grains, old flecks of colorful paint remnants or old fasteners or other metal paraphernalia that has acquired an interesting patina. Reclaimed wood can be used for wall paneling, a fireplace mantel, a kitchen island countertop, or transformed into beautiful flooring.

Mixed-and-Matched. If you’re a fan of wood finishes, consider supporting a wood artist and using beautiful, functional wood accents in your home. We recently featured a piece on master craftsman Joseph Walsh, who builds everything from beds and desks to wall art…and the term “functional art” doesn’t come close to summarizing their dreamy impressions. Use these pieces to mix-and-match wood grains and finishes for a more interesting approach.

For more information about making the most of wood accents in your home's interer design, contact your team here at Leslie Saul!  Source: Houzz

For more information about making the most of wood accents in your home’s interior design, contact your team here at Leslie Saul! Source: Houzz

Use rustic wood in your outdoor spaces. You can also use weathered and rustic wood pieces in your outdoor spaces. We love the look of wood fences made with varied sizes of woods or wood types. Smaller versions can be used as dividers to add privacy and to delineate the borders between different backyard zones. These fences, and the less polished look of the wood, create a more seamless transition between Mother Nature and the landscape design.

Would you like to use minimally-finished wood accents in your upcoming residential or commercial project? Schedule a consultation with LS&Associates Architecture and Interiors.