The Timelessness and Timeliness of Wood as an Interior Design Element

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Wood has been used in interior and exterior design since time immemorial. Wood is a favourite element used in interior design from modern to contemporary to traditional as floors, fixtures and fittings or furniture. A touch of wood, whether as a background like walls or flooring or as an accent like wood step treads, can turn any space into a classic yet cosy setting.

There are three main aspects of wood that have made it both a timeless and timely element in interior design: its aesthetic value, versatility and functionality and ecological effect.

Aesthetic Value

Wood came from a living organism, which makes it a precious resource. The imperfection of each piece of timber reflects the natural course of life, which creates its organic and exotic appeal. Wood possesses unique characteristics such as colours and textures, and designers can use various techniques to either preserve or refine these characteristics. From its purest to its most refined state, the aesthetic value, precise finish and inherent beauty of wood give off a sense of warmth, richness, comfort and finesse to any space.

Versatility and Functionality

Wood is a versatile and durable material. The process of turning wood from log to lumber extends to various finishing techniques to turn it into a structural component, room flooring and walling, fixtures and fittings or furniture. Wood may be used as a sound background in the form of wood wall panels or wood floorboards or as a room accent or centrepiece in the form of wood step treads. The possibility of turning wood into anything for design and purpose is endless.

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Ecological Effect

Interior design is proven to affect a person psychologically. Wood is a renewable and sustainable material. It has been proven to regulate the stress levels of people which contribute to health and behaviour that improves a person’s overall well-being. The use of wood in a space combined with elements of light and air provides an indirect experience of nature which depicts an ecologically sound and productive setting.

Regardless of time and technique, wood as an element of interior design has endless possibilities. Its aesthetic value, its versatility and functionality and its ecological effect is something that generations crave for in their professional and personal spaces.