Timber is a fantastically versatile option that can serve a variety of purposes throughout your home. It’s a naturally occurring material that’s durable, sustainable and flexible, while also bringing a sense of warmth and comfort to any space. From the practical to the pretty, there are multiple ways to integrate timber into your new home.
Timber benchtops are making a comeback in modern kitchens, with many recognising their ability to add a modern yet rustic feel. They can create an anchor for the rest of the kitchen’s design, matching flooring or frames.
In order to avoid water damage, we suggest featuring timber in the entertaining areas of your kitchen, such as a breakfast bar, island or prep area. You can mix this with stone textures or accents around your workhorse areas in order to ensure durability and longevity.
Timber is arguably one of the most popular materials for flooring, but this doesn’t mean it has to be the traditional strip. There are multiple options on the market, including herringbone, parquetry, diagonal, chevron, brick and basketweave.
Whatever you choose, it’s important to consider the wear rating of the timber you use – if you’re laying timber down on a high-foot-traffic area, you’ll want a material that can withstand lots of wear and tear. Engineered timber flooring is a great alternative for this – it layers natural hardwood on top of a cheaper material, such as pine, ply or rubber wood and is finished off with layers of protective coatings. The result is the same look and feel as solid timber, but with better durability and a smaller price tag.
Another option is timber-look vinyl plank flooring, which is a long-lasting, durable and easy-to-maintain option. Providing an authentic timber look, without the price tag of real timber flooring, vinyl plank flooring is a great choice for high-traffic areas.
A textured feature wall is a great way to integrate timber into your new home. For a sustainable option, we suggest using recycled timber – not only is it better for the environment, but its inherent uniqueness means that every plank will look different, creating a one-of-a-kind design.
You can also use timber panels to enhance the perception of rooms. Horizontal-grain timber panels are a great way to create the illusion of space in narrow areas, while vertical-grain timber can be used to suggest height in spaces with low ceilings.
For something a little less permanent, why not integrate timber into your home through your furniture? Chairs, tables and cabinetry can introduce new textures, tones and styles without making the space look too busy. Since it can be easily updated, timber furniture can also be used to transform or complement the visual theme of a room, moving from rustic to Scandi, cosy to modern. For something super simple, painted timber furniture can also be used to introduce a new textural element, without disrupting the wider aesthetic.
As Brisbane’s specialist custom home builders, we can help bring your vision to life – timber-filled or not! Get in touch with the team at Adam Mason Homes to take your first step to your dream home today.