Reclaimed wood is a special material. Carrying generations of history in its grain, it resonates the kind of charm! This charm is simply impossible to replicate through manmade patina, but how can you use it?
If you’ve thought about introducing reclaimed wood into your interior design scheme. You need to make sure that you tread carefully. Use too much of it and your home will begin to look gimmicky. However, only introduce one item and it might look out of place. Here are a few easy ideas for adding reclaimed wood to your home, today.
Firstly, let’s take a minute to acknowledge that not everybody is a carpenter! As such, it can be better to buy a gorgeous reclaimed wood furniture item from a reputable workshop. You should be able to ask questions about the age of the wood and arrange for any bespoke requirements too. Our selection of genuine reclaimed barn wood furniture caters for all tastes and needs.
2. Make sympathetic house repairs with Reclaimed wood
If you’re renovating a house, using reclaimed wood can be a fabulous way to respect the property and add in some tangible history too. Replace rotten beams with old but good condition substitutions and you’ll get character, as well as a sense of satisfaction from saving historical materials from the scrap pile and being more eco-friendly.
3. Add shelving to your space
Thanks to the strength of reclaimed wood, it makes excellent shelves and can be easy to transform. Either ask a local sawmill to cut your timber into manageable planks, ready to hang on your walls! Or, think about metal braces that will allow you to affix chunkier slabs to your walls for a striking rustic aesthetic.
4. Create a custom house sign
A nice easy little DIY project would be to use reclaimed wood to mount a house number or name. Thus creating something totally bespoke to your home. Simple metal numbers fixed to a reclaimed plank would look amazing, especially if you brought in a contemporary twist, by making the orientation portrait.
Those charming wooden box planters are a cinch to make and if you have some reclaimed timber to put to good use, the end result will be spectacular. You won’t even need to worry about creating a smooth finish, as they will be outside and the elements will take care of that for you! Just be sure to leave holes for drainage and plant something amazing.
6. Let your creativity flow
Some reclaimed wood is so beautiful that it looks like art in its own right. Why not actually make it art then? Using a chop saw, you can easily cut up your timber into interesting mosaic shapes, to mount directly to your wall like a wooden jigsaw. The variations in tone, patina and even saw marks will all add to the finished effect. This is one of the easiest and most free-flowing DIY ideas around!
7. Try interior cladding
Not for the fainthearted, interior wall cladding is a stunning rustic design feature that instantly ups the glamor and opulence of a space. Using reclaimed timber to clad an entire feature wall would make for a really unusual but gorgeous idea and we think it would be incredible in a master bedroom.
So, how are you going to introduce reclaimed timber into your home?