If you’re style savvy and environmentally aware then you’re in luck, because the biggest trend to hit interiors in 2014 not only looks amazing, but it’s kind to the environment too! Reclaimed wood is making a splash in every interiors magazine and whether you live in a mansion or a mole hole, have a million or mere pennies to spend, you can inject warmth and character whilst keeping it chic with reclaimed wood!
It’s really very simple, reclaimed wood is any wood that has been removed from another purpose and used for something else. For example old floorboards can be used to make tables and other furniture. Wooden beams from derelict barns can be utilised for all sorts of purposes.
You can find all types of reclaimed wood objects available for sale online, from simple picture frames to entire dining furniture sets. A reclaimed wood table is ideal for setting off a kitchen, whether your décor is modern and minimalist or characterfully traditional. One of the main attractions of reclaimed wood is that it has a story to tell. Unlike virgin timber it comes with the patina and marks of age which add to beauty of each piece and make them into something far superior to flatpack alternatives.
The world is losing it’s forests at a rate of knots and the only way to halt the detrimental effect this is having on the environment is to stop copping down so many trees. There are many thousands of tons of usable wood that go into landfill in the UK every year. This means more trees are felled to make new wooden product and additionally, the wood that ends up in landfill doesn’t rot in the same way it would naturally, meaning it gives off gases which are harmful to the environment.
Luckily, designers everywhere are catching on to the benefits of using reclaimed wood and as a result it’s set to be a huge fashion trend this year. Currently a number of top Las Vegas hotels are decking out there bars with reclaimed wooden furniture and boutique hotels in the UK are following suit.
If you’ve got some cash to splash then a stunningly designed reclaimed wooden tables which melds the old and the new is the ideal investment. A beautifully made table will be with you for years and can really become the heart of the home.
Or why not transform your entire kitchen with reclaimed wood kitchen cupboard doors? You can find all sorts of doors online and cut them to fit your carcasses. Once they’re in place you can paint or finish them in any way you like.
A garden can become an extra living space if you use reclaimed railway sleepers to create a decking area. You can even get sleepers sliced by specialists to create wooden planks so you get more for your money.
If you’re on a budget then scour the charity shops and flea markets for brown furniture. It’s very cheap to buy and you can sand and paint it to create some incredible effects that will look far more expensive than they really were.