Reclaimed Wood – Let it Tell a Story in Your Home

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Reclaimed wood gives this room character
Reclaimed wood gives this room character (Houzz)

More and more people are opting for reclaimed wood products in their homes.  From accessories and furniture to beams, walls and flooring, used wood is making its way into homes.  Not only is reclaimed wood a smart choice environmentally, but it makes a strong statement decoratively.  By using reclaimed wood in your home, you are helping the environment while creating one-of-a-kind elements.

Reclaimed wood provides a great backdrop for this display of guitars
Reclaimed wood provides a great backdrop for this display of guitars (smarthomeideas.net)
Reclaimed wood fashioned into a stunning staircase
Reclaimed wood fashioned into a stunning staircase (leullalondon.blogspot)

The major advantages of reclaimed wood are its durability, low maintenance and history.  Used wood is generally of better quality compared to current lumber supplies because it is taken from old-growth trees.  Recycled wood requires less maintenance because it has already stood the test of time and is worn.  The sense of history in reclaimed wood appeals to many.  It adds character to a space and tells a story.

Barn doors using reclaimed wood
Barn doors using reclaimed wood (fairfaxtimes)
Recycled wood beams accent this light-filled home
Recycled wood beams accent this light-filled home (whimsicalhomeandgarden)
Accent a wall with reclaimed wood to add character
Accent a wall with reclaimed wood to add character (houserevivals.BlogSpot)

Furniture created from recycled wood can be very unique, whether newly refinished or left in the original state.  The appeal of unfinished rustic wood surfaces lends toward its popularity today.  Beds, cabinets, tables and seating are created from recycled wood for its character and a desire to own something that has a unique history.

A recycled piece of wood makes a stylish headboard
A recycled piece of wood makes a stylish headboard (greenecoservices)
A side table made from recycled wood
A side table made from recycled wood (Pinterest)
A character-rich chest made from re-used wood
A character-rich chest made from re-used wood (shop.tradingplacesinteriors)
Chest using weathered wood
Chest using weathered wood (wpinkjade123.blogspot)
Table and chairs using recycled wood
Table and chairs using recycled wood (interiordesigningblog)

Making an accent wall from repurposed cladding creates a character-filled space and adds a distinctive touch.  Wood siding, old lumber and crates can be repurposed for walls.  Paint boards or leave them in their original state for a more authentic look.

Painted recycled boards make a great accent wall
Painted recycled boards make a great accent wall (houserevivals.blogspot)
Recycled wood walls
Recycled wood walls (bobijensen)
A recycled wood panel accents this wall
A recycled wood panel accents this wall (Pinterest via diyrenopins)
Accent wall using reclaimed wood
Accent wall using reclaimed wood (pinteresthomedecor)

Countertops cut from reclaimed wood make a handsome addition to the kitchen.  The countertop blends seamlessly when combined with stone walls, tile floors and contrasting wood cabinets.  For the rustic, country or industrial style kitchen, this is a winning combination.

Wood countertop
Wood countertop (dailyhomedecorideas)
Wood countertops and open shelving bring character to this kitchen
Wood countertops and open shelving bring character to this kitchen (dailyhomedecorideas)

Reusing old flooring in a new home or simply refinishing the original hardwood floors of a home create a warm space and impart plenty of character.  Accent wood floors with colorful throw rugs to add softness, color and dimension.

Beautiful repurposed wood flooring
Beautiful repurposed wood flooring (homebunch)

Decorative elements from reclaimed wood are the finishing touch to a room.  They add a unique character and depth to a room’s design.  A wine rack made from old wood crates or a bookshelf made from various recycled woods brings function to highly decorative pieces.  For the most impact, use old crates to create a display for a collection or favorite pieces.

Wine rack from reclaimed wood
Wine rack from reclaimed wood (popsugar)
Bookshelves utilizing different sources of wood
Bookshelves utilizing different sources of wood (houserevivals.blogspot)
Reuse wood crates for displaying collectibles
Reuse wood crates for displaying collectibles (custommade)

Create your own works of art using reclaimed wood.  Paint it, stain it and embellish it with your own creations for one-of-a-kind pieces to display.

Art created from reused wood
Art created from reused wood (dishfunctionaldesigns.blogspot)
Create your own art with recycled wood
Create your own art with recycled wood (Pinterest)

Reclaimed wood is environmentally savvy and can be worked into any design style.  It is durable, requires little maintenance and tells a unique story.  Create something for yourself from reclaimed wood or use it in the construction of your home.  Either way, reclaimed wood has a great story to tell.

You can find reclaimed wood at:  www.windfalllumber.com and www.habitat.org.

 

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