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Design Greener: Using Reclaimed Wood

Posted by Ana Ryan on

Sustainable home design is one of the hottest trends at the moment, as well as being the need of the hour. More and more people are waking up to the fact that our trees and forests are in danger, and everybody needs to do their bit to battle deforestation. One way you can save an extra tree from being cut down for the sake of house construction is by making use of reclaimed wood.

Reclaimed wood is the construction material derived from the wood that makes up torn down barns, homes, factories and other dwelling places. The aim of using reclaimed wood is to reuse wood that has already been used once instead of cutting down a new tree. Here are some reasons why using reclaimed wood in your house should be a priority:

1. It Helps the Environment

The more reclaimed wood planks you use, the less trees are cut. This means there are more trees available to consume carbon dioxide and release oxygen into the atmosphere.

2. It Lends Character to the Surroundings

Reclaimed wood planks comes with their own backstory and history. The marks and cuts on the wood surface were created over a long period of time in which the wood passed through the hands of multiple owners through the ages. Naturally, using such types of material will give your house a special character and energy, and lend an old-world charm to the whole surrounding atmosphere.

3. Contains Natural Colors

Something about using fresh wood paneling makes the house look too brand new to be entirely casual and comfortable. With reclaimed wood, your house will exude a homely, lived in quality that will add some natural color to all the surfaces that carry modern, artificial color.

4. Provides a Talking Point

Every time you call over friends to your house, your boards and beams made of reclaimed wood will provide great conversations to the company. Everyone will want to know what the history behind a particular wall or flooring, and each carving on the surface of the wood will take on its own meaning and significance.

Now that you know what using reclaimed wood can do for your home decor, here are some tips on using this kind of wood properly:

1. Wall Panels

You can create the entire wall out of reclaimed wood planks, or you can provide a top layer of the wood to the existing wall to give it a classy, naturally aged look. The warm, earthy tone of the planks will make any room that houses them take on its own character and history.

2. Flooring

There's something about a wooden floor that appears warm and inviting. The soft and sturdy build provided by the wood goes easy on your feet and also provides a rich, lived-in feel to your home.  

3. Furniture

There are many kinds of furniture available on the market that make use of reclaimed wood. You can choose from among a wide variety of chairs, stools, shelves and tables which will add something unique and special to your home decor.

4. Counters

Several interactions occur everyday over the kitchen counter, and adding a reclaimed wood paneling to the counter will provide a warm, human touch to the entire area. There's something far more comforting about leaning against a soft and warm wooden counter instead of cold, hard marble.  

So for your next home-remodeling session, remember the variety of uses for reclaimed wood, and all that it can do to make your house unique, interesting and environment-friendly!

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