reclaimed wood trends
Everyone agrees that it’s the warmth of wood that draws people to use of reclaimed lumber in their homes. Whether it’s wrapped beams, flooring, a wall of wood, sliding barn doors, a rustic island, or recovered wood in furnishings, the inspired use of lumber is a look that seems to only be growing in popularity.
“Reclaimed wood has become popular across the world for so many reasons. It fits into all décor styles from modern, urban industrial to city farmhouse and especially in the ‘man cave’.” according to Margaret Sparks of Vintage Reborn. “With the focus today on not destroying forests, using reclaimed wood is the green way to go. Reusing and repurposing old wood is very popular.”
Leigh Skillington of Karmal Skillington says, “We all love wood. With all the technology in our lives today wood is a natural material that ‘grounds’ us. We’re able to harvest 400-year-old lumber that was used in a structure to bild beautiful and functional pieces of furniture or flooring that can last another 100 years just feels right.”
According to Bohnne Jones of Decorating Den Interiors, “Reclaimed lumber is favorite of ‘green’ designers, but adds that its appeal is broader than that. It is being used in home furnishings for almost any type of wood furniture, and not all of its has a ‘rustic’ look. You see repurposed wood shipping pallets as well as larger pieces of reclaimed lumber utilized in flooring, walls, and barn doors.”
Reporting that what is old is new again, Stephen Cork of Tennessee Barn Doors says, “The barn wood look is a great addition to almost any home. Reclaimed barn wood is very popular, but there is also a trend for using rough-sawn natural dried wood which can mimic reclaimed barn wood.”
“Reclaimed lumber is an excellent way to add warmth and patina to your home,” says Kate Fudim of Beth Haley Design. “Whether you’re working on an extensive renovation or a simple remodel, most projects can benefit from elements that are more organic and natural. We see reclaimed lumber throughout the home as a butcher block counter, a kitchen island, or a wall treatment.
“We see lots of clients bring in reclaimed lumber in their floors when doing a renovation that involves removing existing carpeting or tile because it is an easy way to add depth in a space. Wrapping existing exposed beams in reclaimed lumber is another one of our favorite ways to add interest and a natural element to a room,” Fudim adds.
According to Shaun Doughtery of SDI, reclaimed lumber has made inroads in home design as television and other sources have demonstrated how old items can be used in new ways and bring integrity and charm to a home. “The most popular trend has been reclaimed doors. They have been popular for a while and people are stepping away from rustic barn wood and moving toward a more refined look.”
Doughtery adds that a recent project incorporated a hi-gloss on beech wood to bring out the character of the wood. “There’s no question that reclaimed lumber is bringing a timeless element to new homes or remodeling projects. Weaving upcycled wood elements adds interesting architectural details to a home.”
Candace Sone of Sone Design, Inc., says her company generally makes custom furniture and accessores from all parts of a tree, driftwood, barn wood, railroad ties, and any other wood that can be repurposed. “We try to keep the original color of the wood and bring out its true character using natural oils and a great deal of hand-sanding,” she says.
“Reclaimed lumber has made its way into homes primarily through furniture, flooring, architectural fixtures and wall treatments,” according to Stephanie Pierce, director of design at trends at MasterBrand Cabinets. “It’s a nice trade-off knowing you are recycling a precious resource and many reclaimed lumber companies will tell you where the product came from so you have a really nice story to go with your new piece. The patina given to naturally weathered wood adds a lot of character and interest. Columns, corbels, windows, and even floors can be recycled for use as is, or sometimes with minimal refinishing.”
Leigh Skillington says the natural beauty and adaptability of true high quality antique wood—finisehd in a more refined maner—will never go out of style. “If it’s too rustic or too polished I think it will have a shorter trend span. We like to call what we offer ‘rustic elegance’ or ‘refined rustic’ and it requires careful board selection, milling,and finishing the wood. But it is definitely worth it.”
There are a number of local resources for reclaimed/vintage wood products:
Beth Haley Design
Decorating Den Interiors
Eagle Reclaimed Lumber
Hermitage Lighting Gallery
Hitson Handcrafted Wood Floors
Sone Design, Inc.
Tennessee Barn Doors
Woodstock VIntage Lumber