If you are looking for the detail that will take your living spaces out of the humdrum or show home mentality and into the realm of snugness and homeliness, exposed wood could be the key.
But there is an art to incorporating exposed wood into your home interior and the best way to make the most of exposed wood will vary from house to house.
In a restored property such as Lamb’s House in Leith, House and Garden reveals that original beams complemented by whitewashed walls brings brightness and a rustic feel to the living room. An opened up fireplace is also adds to the overall feeling of homeliness.
The publication also singled out the Soho Farmhouse, New York, as a champion of exposed wood, utilising it in wall panelling in the bedroom, inspired by Upstate New York cabin culture.
What’s interesting about the Soho Farmhouse, though, is how the designers incorporate exposed wood in the bathroom. A wood-panelled bathroom with free-standing bath and floral curtains incorporates luxury and cosiness, while adding colour in a way that does not take anything away from the wood – the star of the show.
Other features than can look beautiful when the wood is exposed include door jambs and window shutters – the softness of the exposed wood brings with it a warm and tactile quality that cannot be emulated with any other material.