Deadline Design With Shaynna Blaze

The Rules for Using Timber in your Home

Shaynna Blaze shares her expert advice on how to best use timber in your home.

One of the most wonderful materials to work with in interiors is timber. There’s so many colours, textures, combinations to work with that the choice is endless. But that can also cause quite a few headaches, so to stop your place from turning into a ski lodge, it’s good to have a few basic principles under your belt:

  • If you’re working with more than one timber, there’s 2 ways you can approach it – by using the same colour and tone so they blend in together or go for something dramatic with contrasting colours and grains.
  • Think about whether you want to present the room as a harmonious whole or whether you want to accent certain features like trims or doors.
  • When using recycled timbers, it’s all about the finish.
  • Keeping the timber raw can give you an industrial or rustic look and going for a polish can give you a modern, high-end look.
  • If you want to lose the colour of your timber but keep the texture, the trick is not to paint over the wood too thickly. So you’re still able to see the grain and personality of the wood.
  • If you’re using a large expanse of timber or a feature piece, make sure you set the stage with everything around it so it becomes the hero.

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