It doesn’t get much more classic than a wood-based design. In the years before brick and mortar became the preferred building materials, wood was always considered the logical choice and to this day it remains popular amongst those looking for a more organic and alluring alternative. You don’t need to build your entire home from wood to achieve the benefits of wooden design either. Indeed, timber is usually worked into interior design using panels, dividers and hardwood flooring, which a tradesperson would use professional-grade adhesives to install.
It’s an incredible material that can quite comfortably be used in all manner of interior design applications. But aside from its incredible look and feel, what other unique benefits are there to utilising wood in your interior designs?
Wood is a great natural insulator which means there will be significantly less heat lost from your home than with brick, concrete or stone. This will mean less money being spent on heating bills and a naturally warmer home overall.
Quick and easy
Wood is a much easier and more malleable material to work with than brick. That’s why you see so many homes in the United States still being built with wood. A wooden home could be erected in a fraction of the time it might take to build a home with bricks and concrete and that means cheaper labour costs too. Wooden structures are also infinitely easier to modify after the fact.
Good for the environment
The construction sector is comfortably the worst offender when it comes to carbon emissions. Because wood is a natural material and because it absorbs and stores CO2, it’s actually carbon-neutral. So, if you’re somebody that values the impact they are having on the planet, the more wood you use, the better.
The spice of life
There are over 5000 different species of wood, each with its own characteristics and charms. This not only means there is a wood out there for everyone but that there is so much choice you’ll rarely ever see the same style twice. The natural, imperfect grains and textures also make it feel so much more unique than the more clinical likes of concrete and metal.
Finally, wood is not only water-resistant and acoustically sound (yes, it insulates sound just as well as heat) but it’s also surprisingly durable. This is thanks to its incredible mechanical properties and its weight, which is much lighter than brick. Wood is a durable material that can last hundreds of years if treated right. So if you’re on the fence about going wooden, think about how long you want your home to last and how you want it to be remembered.