While most houses are built from concrete, brick and glass, wood remains the leader and indispensable classic in interior decoration. Without this material, it is difficult to embody any style - it is both a tradition and an actual design trend at the same time. Of course, wood can be replaced with cheaper and more practical composites or plastic, but for some reason, all of us, tired of concrete and urban buzz, strive to surround ourselves with natural materials.
First, let's deal with the textures and colors of natural wood. Rough wood can be divided into two types: light woods with a soft texture and more contrasting dark woods with a pattern corresponding to them. Choosing the most suitable one should be based on its relevance in design, the size and purpose of the room, its color palette.
Light furniture. Thanks to the use of desaturated colors, even the smallest room will seem free and spacious. This is a favorite technique of designers in classics and minimalism, more often it is preferred in bedrooms and kitchens. Among the furniture made of light wood, several popular types should be distinguished: pine (it has a pronounced amber texture and brownish-brown stains, sometimes a saturated almost orange tint is deliberately indulged), light beech (due to its homogeneous structure, the color is distributed evenly, the palette provides a large selection : whitish-gray to brownish-reddish), shimo ash (with characteristic woody streaks, can be milky, cream and coffee colors). White and light beige shades are observed in birch, spruce, bird cherry, barberry, pear, maple. A palette of intermediate light brown colors can be found in oak, teak, alder, larch and cherry.
Dark furniture. Such a palette creates a feeling of solidity and respectability, and despite the fact that it is massive and able to eat up space, small details can be used in a small area. These shades are especially often used in classic designs, in chalet and modern styles. Commonly used dark tones include walnut (dark brown, chocolate, red or gray tint, uneven texture, sinuous stripes and dark veins), mahogany - sandalwood, padauk, berry yew, mahogany (red-brown or dark cherry color, of different textures and degrees of saturation, darkens over time), wenge (blue-black, chocolate and burgundy colors with black or golden streaks). Zebrano also has a warm chocolate tone, amaranth, bog oak, ebony and rosewood have jet-black shades.
The advantage of artificial wood over natural wood is the provision of great opportunities. It can imitate any texture, the choice of colors, shades and undertones is infinitely wider than that of natural. Here we can distinguish two main materials - MDF and chipboard.
MDF - fine wood fraction. A more practical material that should be used, for example, in wet rooms, as it will last much longer than chipboard.
Chipboard - chipboard. Cheaper material than MDF, not inferior to it in many ways. A subspecies of chipboard is chipboard, where "l" means "laminated", in other words - protected from moisture penetration. No food juices, no oil, no cat claws will leave marks on it.
The combination of wood in the interior.
Harmony in the interior is created not only thanks to high-quality materials and good appearance, it is important to take into account individual characteristics and basic design rules. Here are some of them to make it easier for you to navigate in creating your own unique apartment style.
Avoidance of chaos. You should not overdo it with colors and textures, a lot does not mean good. It is recommended to limit yourself to two shades of wood in one room, a maximum of three if one of them is white.
Compatibility. According to the color palette, it is better to use either warm or cold shades - individually they will create unity, and their inaccurate mixing can lead to strong contrast and inconsistency.
Unrelated shades. Using similar breeds that differ by just a couple of tones can give the impression that the owner tried to match one color and he just didn’t succeed.
Unity of style. Even if you have chosen a variety of wood species, they should be treated in the same way - carefully polished or, conversely, deliberately rough. In this case, harmony will be preserved and the impression of "an attempt to combine the incongruous" will not be created.
Placement of accents. It is better to make small and interesting furniture contrasting with respect to the palette, and it is better to try to “merge” massive and bulky furniture, such as cabinets, with the rest of the interior.
Wood is an easy material to introduce into any style; it can be both a background for the main style and an independent accent. You just have to make a choice in favor of what suits you best and create your own comfortable and interesting interior.