Fall brings a very rustic element to design sensibilities, and with the wealth of natural resources available in this fine land, we’ve seen a resurgence of wood in the design world. While wood has always been a popular choice, we’re seeing it used in new ways with an emphasis on natural, rustic presentation. Add some of these wooden elements into your décor to create a warm and inviting space.
Salvaged Wood Wall
This popular design fixture works as a simple focal piece in a room. Whether it is painted or kept in its natural state, this modern take on classic wood paneling adds a cottage feel to a space in a minimalistic, understated way. One of the virtues of the design is the fact that it can be done relatively inexpensively using scrap wood from other projects.
Reclaimed Wood Table
Gone are the days when heavily stained and lacquered wood reigned supreme, now the focus is on showing wood in its natural state —flaws and all. Big, communal style tables made from sustainably reclaimed wood make a great dining room focal piece. The local connection: Scarborough-based company Urban Tree Salvage specializes in making tables and the like from salvaged Toronto trees.
Wood and Light
Wooden elements are finding there way into the arena once reserved only for sparkling glass fixtures. Wooden light fixtures provide elegance without pretension, and allow warmth to reverberate through a space aesthetically. If you’re searching for an eye-catching yet simple design, check out the wood veneer fixtures made by Toronto-based company Woodlight.
Wooden iPhone Dock
A handmade docking station makes a great addition to a bookshelf, desk or coffee table. The sleek lines of the iPhone are mimicked in the clean, fluid lines of the wood. American company Koostik handcrafts a line of wooden iPhone accessories, and the elegant look of the dock makes for an interesting conversation piece.
Log End Tables
Quite possibly one of the most ubiquitous and easily created wood designs in home décor is the log end table. Made directly from salvaged wood, these end tables add a definitive rustic element and cabin-like feel to a room. If you’re up for some manual labour, this can make a rewarding DIY project.