5 Design Ideas with Wood to Enhance Your Home’s Style

When a house contains distinctive features, these can often be conversation starters for guests. Expert designers know how to incorporate all the textures together to form attractive and inviting spaces. Wood is one of the textures that will always be part of their design plan. But you can bring the beauty of wood into your home just like a designer, if you know how. In this piece we’ll look at five design ideas with wood that you can try. Keep reading!

Photo of an inviting living room with metal fireplace, wood beams and lots of glass windows
Wood well-balanced with stone, metal and glass will always create an inviting space. | Photo by Maria Orlova

Before we take a walk in the woods, understand that this list isn’t exhaustive. Your design options are limitless and should be built around what works for you. With that in mind, let’s jump right in!

1. Indoor and Outdoor Structures

Both your home’s indoor and outdoor spaces can greatly benefit from wood elements. They add a rustic charm that no other texture can likely match. For example, a nicely designed wooden pergola provides visual interest as well as giving your a space to relax with little or no direct sunlight.

Another outdoor structure is the deck. Wether you built it from real wood, or man-made materials that look like wood, such as Trex, there’s a beauty that’s second to none. A nice wood deck provides space for lounging, dining, or hosting gatherings. It also gives you the opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of your surroundings. If you go with natural wood, make sure it’s properly sealed so that it lasts as long as possible. Consider an outdoor rug or two to layer textures for a higher design asethetic.

Moving indoors, wood can be utilized in many of your home’s structual aspects. Think, exposed natural beams in the ceiling, or trim around windows and doors. If you’re researching types of balcony railings, there are wood and metal versions available. Take care to understand your location’s code regulations when thinking about handrails and balcony railings.

Photo of a desk designed with natural wood leg and a stone top
Too much wood can be unsettling but the right amount is amazing! | Photo by Element5 Digital

2. Wood in Furniture

From rustic farmhouse styles to sleek and modern spaces, wood adds warmth, character, and a touch of nature to any room. But what sets wood furniture apart from other materials? Firstly, it’s a renewable resource, making it an environmentally-friendly choice for eco-conscious homeowners. The use of sustainably sourced wood reduces carbon emissions and supports responsible forestry practices. Moreover, wood furniture can be crafted to withstand the test of time. Unlike some cheaper materials on the market, solid wood pieces are built to last – and can be handed down through generations.

There’s an undeniable charm in the imperfections that come with natural variations in wood grain and texture. No two pieces are exactly alike, giving each item its own unique personality. These natural characteristics create a sense of authenticity that can’t be replicated by synthetic materials, or mass-produced furnishings.

Lastly, wood furniture is versatile and can adapt to various design styles effortlessly. It seamlessly blends into both traditional and contemporary aesthetics, while adding depth and visual interest to any space.

3. Wood Flooring and Wall Treatments

One of the most popular design ideas with wood will certainly be flooring. How many times have you heard someone say, “I absolutely love your hardwood floors!” Using real, solid hardwood on your home’s floors will exude a timeless beauty that will instantly elevate the aesthetic of any space.

There are innovative ways to incorporate wood elements into your home. These go beyond the typical hardwood floors and wood-paneled walls you see advertised. One exciting trend is the use of reclaimed wood for both flooring and wall treatments. This approach adds an element of sustainability to your home and provides something that can’t be replicated with new timber. Reclaimed wood has a rich history, showcasing its natural imperfections.

Another emerging trend is using geometric patterns in wood flooring and wall treatments. This contemporary twist brings a modern flair to the traditional material. It ranges from herringbone patterns on floors to triangular or hexagonal-shaped tiles on walls. These designs create visual interest and make a bold statement in any room.

4. Wood Accents in Your Kitchen

The best kitchens are both functional and beautiful. Think about where wood makes sense for both of these aspects in your kitchen. One idea is to start by installing hardwood floors, opting for wide planks with natural imperfections.

For the cabinetry, think about the whole picture. Are you going to paint them white or leave them natural? You don’t want to overwhelm the space with too much wood or things become monochromatic.

Photo of a new, white kitchen with wood accent hood
Finding that perfect place to include a wood accent where designers excel, so think like a designer! | Photo by Aaron Huber

Consider open shelves made from reclaimed wood to display your most prized kitchen items (e.g. vintage dishes or heirloom cookware). If you add a butcher block countertop, this durable and versatile material can add warmth. It can also provide a functional surface for food preparation.

Balance out the roughness of the wood by incorporating sleek stainless steel appliances and fixtures. Combine this with warm lighting fixtures, such as copper pendant lights or Edison bulbs in glass cages. In turn, you can create an inviting atmosphere that’ll make any guest feel right at home.

Another texture that’s always part of the expert designer’s toolkit is plant life. Think about introducing potted herbs and plants into your kitchen to add freshness and life. The combination of greenery against the warm tones of wood creates a harmonious balance between nature and comfort. Also, add some accessories like woven baskets or ceramic jars filled with cooking utensils. These can bring a touch of country elegance to your kitchen.

5. Statement Piece Wood Furniture

Each space can benefit from a well-considered statement piece. Often these are made out of natural wood because it brigns a cozy and inviting atmosphere. If we’re thinking about bedrooms, you could choose a beatiful four-poster, solid-wood bed to be the statement piece. This will instantly become the focal point of the room and set the tone for the entire space. Pair it with matching bedside tables or dressers in complementary tones. This can create a cohesive and harmonious design scheme.

Then think about adding smaller wood accents throughout the room. One could be a wooden bench at the end of the bed, some useful, ornate wood boxes to hold jewelry or some natural wood floating wall shelves. These details will add texture and visual interest while bringing an element of nature indoors.

As you’re considering the types of wood, don’t select all the same kind. Way too matchy-matchy. Instead, combine a bit of light oak with a dark walnut to create depth and complexity in your bedroom’s overall aesthetic. Experiment with different textures, finishes, and styles of wood furniture. This way, you’ll have endless possibilities to enhance your bedroom’s design. From sleek mahogany dressers to reclaimed barnwood headboards, there’s something to suit all tastes and preferences.

Imagine all the different design ideas with wood that can be created. Wood is highly versatile, and will work with various interior styles.

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.