6 Tips for Using Wood in Your Interior Design

Photo of a desk with a natural wood leg
Photo by Element5 Digital

With spring here, you might feel inspired to refresh the interior of your home. You’re tired of repainting the walls, buying throw rugs, and looking for knick-knacks. Need a bit of inspiration? Read on to learn some great ways for using wood in your interior design.

We’ve assembled some decoration ideas that will change the appearance and atmosphere of your home. When you’re planning your next home remodeling project, take note of these design tips.

Select Decorative Pieces

If you prefer exotic woods, you might find that new floors or furniture are out of your budget. Instead, choose smaller decorative pieces that add affordable flair to your interior design. A few examples include:

  • Picture frames
  • Floating shelves
  • Coasters
  • Plant pots
  • Wall art
  • Mirrors with wooden frames

Do you dabble in woodworking? Try making your own cutting board. Wooden cutting boards are beautiful and useful. You can display your piece to add a unique accent to your kitchen counter.

Make your space cozy and stylish with tasteful wood accents.

Replace the Flooring

Photo of a kitchen with incredible hardwood floors

Is there anything more luxurious than stepping into a home with new hardwood floors? Floors can change the entire atmosphere of a room. 

Installing hardwood floors can increase your home’s value by up to 2.5%. That means that you can improve your interior and increase your property value at the same time. Not bad for a home renovation project!

Add Tables & Chairs

Using wood furniture, you can create a timeless aesthetic. A new dining set might be the missing piece that your interior space needs. Decorate and protect the wood surface with a beautiful table runner. 

If you work from home, you might be looking for a new desk for your office. Consider purchasing a desk made of live edge wood, a style that’s rising in popularity. With live edge wood, the edges are unfinished, showing the natural grooves and curves of the material. 

Thinking of painting your wood furniture? The owner of Pinnacle Painting writes, “A new stain or finish can transform the look of cabinets or trim. But if you plan to paint a piece of wood, you need to prepare the surface first.” Make sure to choose a product that’s designed to be used on wood.

Replace the Front Door

The front door is one of the first things people notice when they approach your home. This space creates an excellent opportunity to showcase a gorgeous piece of wood. You can get creative with the type you choose; consider popular and durable species like mahogany, cedar, and oak. 

Window Blinds

Your windows allow natural light to stream into your home, illuminating dark rooms and helping you feel more energized. But sometimes, you don’t want to let too much sunlight in. When you want a little more privacy, you can draw the blinds to block it out.

Instead of using fabric curtains or plastic blinds, try wood ones instead! UV rays can fade the colors of fabrics, including sofas and rugs; use wood blinds to protect your furniture from sun damage. 


You’ve painted the walls, decorated the walls, and even cleaned the walls just to change their appearance. Looking for a new way to utilize this interior space? Try adding wood panels. 

This will add a natural aesthetic to your home. It’s a great way to warm up a room that may feel too industrial. Depending on the type of wood you choose, it can create a retro or modern vibe. 

In your home, you have the freedom to design your space however you see fit. Once your interior is designed to your liking, you can focus on other pursuits—like growing your business. 

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