By adding wood accents, floors, wainscoting, furniture, or replacement windows to your Tucson, AZ home you’re choosing a timeless and transformative style. From upgrading appliances, painting walls, and adding a personal touch to making sure the replacement windows and window shutters work and look their best, these new homeowner tasks can bring satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.
When most people think of wood in interior design, they picture a rustic cabin with antlers and plaid or a retro basement with wood paneled walls. But wood is so much more than that. Wood can transform a space in many ways, including:
Creating Space – Wood is perfect for making a room seem bigger. Carefully placed wood can divert the eye to trick it into seeing depth that isn’t there or height that doesn’t exist. Bare wood flooring with unfinished or lightly finished wide planks can help accomplish this, as can dark wood shutters or replacement windows. You can also try light grey or white wainscoting, or a bamboo window shade or café shutter.
Setting the Mood – Wood can instantly change the mood or setting of a room. From making a space feeling darker or more elegant to help make a space more welcoming and easy-going, wood is the go-to material. For example, a Douglas Fir wood is much heavier and darker than a Cherry wood and would, therefore, make a room feel more elegant than informal or easygoing. Or, another example is that a Colorado ski cabin and a Victorian mansion could use the exact same wood, but the feel of the location would change the feel of the wood. That’s why the first thing a lot of interior designers do when updating a room is to change the wood. If you’re going for a more modern look, try adding a reclaimed wood accent wall or window shutter set. If you want a theme, try matching the wood material and palate to the theme. Natural wood is always calming and would, therefore, work in a Zen or more Eastern style room over a Victorian room.
Adding Contrast – Contrast is a key element in home design, and wood makes adding contrast a breeze. For example, dark windows and trims would contrast a lighter wood floor to add interest and depth to a room. Or, if you have the opposite, you can try adding lighter furniture or artwork for that important contrast. Wood is also key for contrasting texture. The texture is very important when designing an interesting and dynamic space. You can make hardwood floors softer and more welcoming with soft rugs or draw the eye to your wooden fireplace mantle by putting a slick mirror on top.
If you want to learn more about your options for Tucson, AZ replacement windows, or how to use wood in your home design just reach out to Olander’s Window Replacement. We have years of experience that we would love to put to use helping you make your home the best it can be.