The natural charm and warmth of wood has long been recognized by designers and homeowners alike as one of the preeminent material choices for historic homes. Its multicolored tones and subdued textures have often been imitated, but never truly reproduced by other materials, both naturally or man-made.

Detailed below are a few suggestions on how to incorporate warm woods into your home when in consultation with an architect:

Match the Floor and Ceiling – Neutral or dark wood tones on the floor and ceiling punctuated by white walls can make an extremely dramatic statement in a bedroom or dining room. The two disparate elements will actually draw the room together and make it a more intimate entertaining space.

Frame a Focal Point – Wood naturally draws the eye, even in a contemporary setting. Establishing a wood enclosure around a fireplace or behind a particularly loved art piece is an excellent way to frame this focal point, while adding extra dimension that ordinary settings don’t have.

Make the Wood a Focal Point – On the other hand, wood also makes an excellent centerpiece on its own, especially if it has been hand crafted by a professional artisan. Do not overlook wood as an art form or you’ll deprive yourself of a valuable and beautiful source of aesthetic inspiration.

Open Up the Structure – Obviously, many homes have a significant amount of structural components made out of wood. Exposing these elements, while finishing them in an aesthetically pleasing way, is a great technique to highlight functionality, as well as the beauty of the underlying wood.

As you can see, there are a number of different ways to incorporate the personality of warm woods into your home décor. In fact, this use of wood and other natural materials is a hallmark of our firm. For more information on this topic and other organic architecture subjects, please visit us online or reach us directly at 603-436-4274.