Wood is often a designer’s first choice in material, thanks to its classic look that will never go out of style. You can mix and match textures and types of wood to add even more interest and appeal to your living room.
If you’ve been looking for a way to change up your living space without adding a new piece of furniture, adding wooden beams to a ceiling or doorway is a great option for adding detail to your space. Using beams as a focal point adds architectural interest to a room while also making the space feel warm and inviting.
Design Idea #1: Reclaimed Wood Mantel
The mantle is the focal point of the living room and helps set the tone for the feel and decor of the room. Adding a reclaimed wood mantle takes the style of your living room to the next level. Whether you have a modern style or enjoy a more rustic look, you can design a reclaimed wood mantle out of a variety of colors and textures of wood that coordinate with any decor style.
Once the mantle is in place, decorate it with pieces that accent your style whether that’s a large mirror or a favorite piece of artwork. The beauty of using reclaimed wood as the material of choice for your new mantle is that the material is naturally durable and strong and can support any decor items you plan to display.
Design Idea #2: Accent Wall
Using wood paneling to create a wooden accent wall is a new and unique way to decorate your living room. Adding the accent wall is an art piece in itself and immediately adds texture and interest to a plain room.
Some designers suggest wooden paneling on a wall that already exists to add texture to that space. A popular trend is to mount the television on the wooden paneled wall or simply leave the wooden accent wall plain as a statement piece.
However, you can also have a wooden wall serve as a divider in an open concept space and custom design the wall yourself. This allows you to choose the design, pattern, color, and style that works best for your living room.
Design Idea #3: Wooden Floors and Ceilings
Everyone loves hardwood floors in a living room for many reasons. Hardwood floors are not only beautiful, but they are also more practical and take less work to keep clean than carpet. Not to mention they are better for allergies and more. Hardwood floors work with any design style and come in a variety of textures, sizes, and colors.
One idea you may not have considered when installing hardwood floors is thinking about using either the same wood or a coordinating wood for your ceiling. There are a variety of ceiling design options out there, and using wood as part of the design is one of the more popular trends. Whether you add beams to the ceiling with coordinating wood with the floors or panel the entire ceiling, adding wood on both the ground and above adds an extra level of style and decor to your living room.
Design Idea #4: Ornate Wooden Furniture
Your living room is likely a room in the house that you spend the most time in and as you look around, you will want to be surrounded by beauty and items that are pleasing to look at. Investing in wooden furniture with ornate designs is a way to add both art and storage to your living room.
If you have a specific piece of furniture in mind or a certain style you have been looking for, think about working with a company or individual that can design your dream furniture piece. Many designers no longer suggest sticking with just one style of wood for a room, but instead, encourage homeowners to find pieces they love and use a coordinating accent color to bring the room together. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different types of wooden furniture pieces in your living room because it is your space to design the way you enjoy.
Design Idea #5: Built-in Wooden Shelves
Having built-in shelving in your living room is an ideal way to save space while increasing storage in the room. Shelving adds space for books, decor, family photos, and more. As you design the shelves, think about using coordinating wooden tones that mix well with the floors and any other wooden accents. Whether you only use wood for the shelves themselves or use it to accent the perimeter of the shelves, it will bring an extra element of design to the room.
Design Idea #6: Wooden Loft Space
If you have been wanting to add an office space to your home but didn’t have the extra room to do so, creative designers have designed a solution for you. If your living room has large ceilings, you can add a wooden staircase that leads to a loft space designed out of wood. This option is a great way to maximize the use of your space while adding a unique architectural twist to your home.
You can design the living room loft space to meet the exact needs that you and your family members need when it comes to space. Using wood for the staircase and the floor of the loft helps keep the living room feel warm and inviting even if it is divided into different spatial areas.
Adding Beautiful Woodwork to Your Home
Designing and decorating your living room takes time to get it just the way you have envisioned it looking. Take time to find designs and styles that you like. You can mix and match colors and textures of wood to make the room just right for your home. The best part about using beautiful woodwork in your home is that it will never go out of style.