Reclaimed wood is a way to finish a room without wallpaper or paint. If you look at the first ten images on Houzz, several of them have some sort of timber or reclaimed pieces to them. People naturally gravitate towards the warm look of reclaimed wood. It can be rustic and classic, or polished and minimalist. The Nordic concept of hygge—orderly coziness—suggests a few key pieces of natural beauty rather than excessive décor.
Here in the States we might call it “shabby chic”. You’ll see clean, contemporary white lines and then panelling or thick wood shelves for contrast.
“I’d call it the true OG patina,” our co-founder Nick says. “To me, this is as rustic as you get. It’s old and industrial. And the thing I love about it: we didn’t touch it.”
“It’s not manufactured to look that way, it takes generations to create this look!” Devin pipes in.
These two know what they are talking about. If you want to feel like you’re on an episode of HGTV, come down to the showroom Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. They’ll help you find whatever you need, even if you don’t know it yet! Here are several ideas to get you started.
Accent walls. Reclaimed wood is very popular behind the bar…or in front of it.
Ceilings. Cover one support beam with reclaimed wood and the whole look of the room subtly changes.
Beds. People make headboards out of reclaimed wood to break things up and provide some visual contrast.
“Fill In The Blank”. There is SO much you can do when you find the right product.
One of Nick’s friends made a mudroom bench and shelves for his kids to take off their boots, along with hooks above to hang their jackets. (In winter, in Minnesota, this is an essential item!) He made the shelving structure out of plywood and pine, but the interior of the structure was clad with a rustic patina paneling. That’s not just a functional bench anymore, but a beautiful and unique statement piece that everyone stares at when they first enter the house. And all it took was two things: a little bit of good wood and a little bit of time.