The Many Faces of Wood Decorations

Wood is one of the most versatile decorating materials out there. It can be used as-is, painted, primered, shaped, sawed and salvaged while maintaining its usefulness. The possibilities are what makes wood a good base for decorating. Let’s look at just four of the design aesthetics that wood caters to.

Wood comes from nature. More importantly for decorative purpose, it even looks like it comes from nature. For many, that gives wood panels, baskets and planters a traditional and warm look. That feeling of home also makes plain and untreated wood an acceptable decoration. Wood can get away with being deliberately rustic. It can be faded and chipped but still beautiful. Click here to see some examples of basic wood products for a variety of uses.

Glossy wood finishes transform wood from classic and rusty to modern and sleek. Like classic, it offers the comforting feel of nature. However, the modern look satisfies the suburbanite in you. Besides a sleek finishing, try funky tilts for wooden frames, criss-crossing patterns and uneven stacking of drawers. There are plenty of fresh looks out there created by people who weren’t afraid to be creative with their wood.

Sometimes classic and modern aren’t really your thing. Maybe you prefer the fun and colorful look provided by artsy wooden signs and a paint-splattered caddy. That works fine with wood bases, and having fun with it might just bring to mind your old Nutcracker men or miniature trains. Wood and childhood have a beloved history.

A stylized wooden case can hold wine bottles. A wooden centerpiece can be a fantastic work of art. Creatively placed boxes and slide-outs make for good sitting space and storage space. Wood can be a lot of fun, but it’s capable of adding a formal touch to your house, porch or garden. Wood furnishings are useful and attractive.

Wood is at home in almost any home. So keep that in mind when you’re decorating and can only imagine an old log cabin. The cabin is possible, but so are the colorful planters and the boxes passing as stylish side tables. Don’t underestimate wood.

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