Having a fireplace in your home can generate a warm and cozy living space, perfect for those cold winter days to take the chill out of any room in your dwelling. A fireplace is almost always the focal point of a room, adding warmth not just in the physical sense but also in the emotional ambiance of the space. However, a fireplace alone doesn’t bring true comfort into your home. You need to add a few design and decor tricks to the space by selecting the right style, surround, and furniture to truly make it cozy. Adding decorative detailing around the fireplace, such as the hearth and mantel, will enhance the character and style. The good thing is that it’s to too difficult to turn a fireplace into a really luxurious and warm part of any space. Just add a few pillows, the right artwork, the correct placement of furniture around the fireplace … these little things can really add up to a warm house.
Whether you prefer a stone surround or something a little more modern, the collection of fireplaces we have gathered together for you will prove that a striking design is all it takes to become center stage in these stylish spaces.
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Serene, With an Edge: Designer Benjamin Dhong envisioned the living room in this San Francisco home as a serene retreat. “That’s why the walls are a little darker and there are big lounge chairs by the fireplace,” he says. “At then end of the day, drink in hand, they can put their legs up on that wonderful ottoman. The zebra brings in a tiny bit of edge that doesn’t intrude.”
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What makes this fireplace fabulous is that it has a built-in area for you to keep the logs for the fire. This really adds to the charm of the fireplace. The logs themselves form a sort of structural artwork in the wall. The fact that you can actually see the wood that will be used to create the fire makes you feel so much more in touch with the natural elements than you would be if the wood was hidden away until it was used.
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Whether you live in a cozy apartment or a spacious home, it’s always smart to have furniture that can do double duty such as hybrid furniture pieces. Multipurpose pieces save space and those with storage options can hide away any personal items you don’t want cluttering up your living space. Here are the 10 best furniture hybrids to add to your home when you’re looking for both beauty and function.
- The classic sofa bed
You probably have several friends or family members that have a sofa bed in the den, and there’s a good chance you’ve even slept on one before. These pieces aren’t just for guest rooms anymore; however, they’re attractive and useful in any room in the house. They also feature higher quality mattresses, which mean they’re also more comfortable than the sofa beds you remember as a child.
- A pop-up coffee table
While you might not dine in the living room every day, it’s still handy to have a pop-up coffee table when you do want to enjoy your meal on the couch. Most models feature a surface that props up on hinges so that your plate is closer to you, thus eliminating spills. However, these tables aren’t just great for a casual meal; they also put your laptop or tablet at just the right level.
- Storage benches
These units are on most lists of the best furniture hybrids. They act as seating when you’ve got people over for entertaining, but they’re also great for stowing items you don’t use every day. Blankets, games and DVDs find a perfect home right under the lid.
- The bed plus dresser
You can surely use more storage space in a smaller bedroom, but adding another dresser isn’t always practical. Invest in a bed that features drawers underneath for folded clothes, shoes and extra linens. The footprint of the furniture remains the same, while increasing your storage space significantly.
- Hardworking ottomans
Ottomans aren’t just for resting your feet anymore. Many are upholstered, which makes for a comfortable chair when other seating is scarce. Plus, you can place a tray on top, essentially turning the piece into another table for serving food and drinks.
- Bookshelf room divider
Many open concept floor plans need some type of furniture to separate them visually. A bookshelf does the job, basically creating a wall that allows for two distinct areas. In addition, you’ve got shelf space to showcase your books, collections and pictures. You might opt for a model that’s open on both sides, enabling you to enjoy the piece from both rooms.
If you’re looking for a shelf to carry more than just books, you can try wire wardrobe shelving.
- A rocking crib chair
This furniture is an attention-getting piece that will be enjoyed by infants and adults alike. The crib and chair are both on rockers, so when the person who’s seated kicks back, the baby is rocked to sleep.
- Flip-top coffee table
Another piece of living room furniture designed with children in mind, the flip-top coffee table is great for all ages. On one side, you have a beautiful table that’s perfect for entertaining, setting a cold drink or displaying books. On the other side, there can be a game set up, such as checkers or chess.
- Bedside TV unit
Designers have come up with a way that you can view TV anytime, yet fold it carefully away when not in use. The TV is stored on a special electronic system that raises it when you push a button on the remote control. When you’re done viewing, the same button will lower the TV down into the storage spot at the foot of the bed. If you’re looking for wardrobe storage solutions, this is for you.
10. Mirror wardrobe
These units work well when you need to take advantage of every square inch of space in your bedroom. A wardrobe design with a full length mirror allows you to check your look when you’re on the way out the door. At the same time, there’s a clothing rack set up at the back of the free standing mirror. Hang a few items, your wardrobe for the next day or heavier coats that won’t fit in the closet.
Can you think of the perfect spot for one of the 10 best furniture hybrids to add to your home? Any room in the house can benefit from these multi-function pieces, and most won’t break the budget. Simply consider the purpose and use of these furniture hybrids as you pick out the best options for your living space.
This guest post was contributed by Fiona Wilson who helps people all over Australia to better organize their homes and lives. Working closely with Wardrobe World and GarageSmart, she is incredibly passionate about finding practical lifestyle solutions for her clients. See her Wardrobe World blog here.
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The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in the home, as its where many of us spend a lot of time. We cook, dine and socialize with our friends and family in the kitchen – so it’s important that it looks good and is as convenient to use as possible.
This makes it difficult to plan the layout and general appearance of your ideal kitchen, as whatever choices you make will likely be permanent. If you’re struggling to decide on a style to implement into your new kitchen, then here are five ideas to give you some inspiration.
The popularity of handleless kitchens has really shot up over the last couple of years. The minimalist design that comes with having no handles give a sleek, uninterrupted look that many have taken to. Handleless kitchens look clean and have very little clutter, meaning there is more space in the area.
At the end of the day, handles are not really necessary, so it seems sensible to do away with them and reap the benefits of this elegant design. If you don’t feel like going all out and having an entire kitchen that is like this, then experiment with just a couple of handleless draws and cupboards before committing to anything bigger.
Another modern style being utilized more and more is curved kitchens, which don’t to succumb to the sharpness that edges bring. Counters, drawers and even chairs are rounded so as to create a sense of flowing continuity around the room, while they can look good in a variety of different colors.
This type of kitchen works particularly well in large spaces, as the units can be quite bulky so as to accommodate the curves utilized. However, if you have a smaller area to work with, then there are a number of curved aspects that you can implement. They may not be particularly lavish, but they bring a simplicity that creates a sense of warmth.
You don’t have to live on a farm to take full advantage of a quality country-styled kitchen. In fact, people from all sorts of geographical locations are getting involved in this trend – from city dwellers to suburban families. The space and natural look that comes with this kind of kitchen is incredibly appealing.
Country designs are a lot more modern nowadays, without taking away from the more traditional elements like wooden worktops and units. If you’re looking for something with character, then you can’t really go wrong here.
Open Plan Kitchens
If the structure of your home allows it, you might want to consider an open plan kitchen, particularly beneficial if you find yourself constantly playing host. With enough room, you can actually furnish your kitchen and your living room within the same space –allowing you to entertain while cooking for a group of friends.
The options don’t end there, you can even combine the kitchen with a dining area, which is convenient so you’re not carrying food from room to room. It’s particularly important to make an open plan look good, as you will find yourself in the kitchen a lot more than usual – whether you’re just relaxing in front of the TV or reading the newspaper at the table.
Should you have an ample amount of space, then one way to take advantage of this would be to implement an island-featured kitchen. Not everything needs to needs to be placed up against the walls, a decent-sized unit that sits in the middle will make use of all the room you have – which otherwise would be quite redundant.
An island also provides a section of the kitchen for you to sit down and eat – to save you from taking meals into the dining or living room. Invest in a couple of stools and it will create a more relaxed and welcoming environment.
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While buying a house is a huge step, the financial implications can sometimes outweigh any perceivable benefits. That is why many are opting to rent a home rather than purchase one outright. Plus, depending on where you live, finding affordable apartments and houses is fairly easy.
Renting usually entails the signing of a lease—a contract bounding the leaseholder to the property, usually for a minimum of one year. The fact that a lease usually doesn’t last a while is one reason why many folks find renting a home so attractive. If when the lease is coming to an end and you want to move somewhere else, all that needs to be done is to notify the landlord of your intentions. In many cases, if you’re able to find a tenant to take your place, you may even be able to end your lease early.
Renting a home also means that the landlord takes on most of the responsibility associated with house maintenance. So if the water heater—a costly fix—decided to break down, the burden of fixing it would fall upon the landlord’s shoulders, rather than your own. Moreover, if you’re lucky, some of your utility bills will be factored into your monthly rent.
Obviously, finances are a major factor when considering renting or buying a home. While most landlords require an upfront payment of 2 months’ rent, imagine if you had to foot the bill for a down payment on a home (which can be as much as 20% of the purchase price). So if, for example, you were contemplating the purchase of a home that cost $150,000 and you had to cover a 20% down payment, you would be looking at a $30,000 down payment upfront. However, if a rental home cost $600.00 monthly, you would only need to shell out $1,200 upfront. That is a $28,800 difference. Not to mention the fact that you are not responsible for paying property taxes when renting a home.
While renting does pose significant benefits compared to buying a home, as with everything, it also has its disadvantages. First and foremost, many landlords will raise the rental costs after each lease renewal, which can sometimes lead to large increases; unless of course, the house or apartment is located in a rent-controlled area. Homeowners can also take advantage of tax deductions that renters are not eligible for. These deductions are usually applied to property taxes and interest on mortgage loans. Since renters do not qualify for any of these tax deductions, they are not recovering any of the costs associated with living in the apartment.
Another possible drawback lays in the landlord himself (or herself). You are dependent on the landlord for practically everything relating to the home or apartment. If something goes wrong, the repairs are at the mercy of the landlord, which could take a while in some cases; especially if the landlord manages several tenants. With major repairs, the landlord may not be equipped to make the repairs, in which case he or she becomes the middleman, having to contact the necessary repairman to come out and fix it.
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Most homes are traditional, and boring. But, that’s largely because there’s a perception in the marketplace that homes need to conform to a specific standard so that they will appeal to everyone. Of course, not everyone thinks this way. If you’re tired of the same old, same old, here are a few homes that should get your creative juices flowing. They’re easy on the eyes and the planet.
A Cloud House
The cloud house, designed by McBride Charles Ryan, is shaped like what most kids’ vision of a cloud. It’s a bubbly home nestled in the heard of Melbourne. There are three main sections to the house – the red-box kitchen, the cloud-shaped rear extension, and a double-fronted Edwardian facade.
Currently, a young couple and their small child live here.
The Mushroom House
The Mushroom House is not your ordinary home by any stretch of the imagination. it’s actually a series of “pods” that are supported in the air by a beam – one beam per pod. It sort of resembles a mushroom, and it blends in almost perfectly with the scenery. Built in 1971, this home was designed by architect James Johnson and was eventually designated a historical site in Periton, New York.
The house is 388 square meters and includes a sculpted tree and branches that “grow” out of the floor. The walls are naturalistic – sand-moulded – with mahogany doors and custom metal walkways that connect the pods together. There’s even a time tunnel that connects the main home pods to a new addition.
A Dome Home
Geodesic homes have no corners and are structurally more sound than their box-home counterparts. They can also be a luxurious design for your home since they’re aesthetically pleasing to look at. These houses are domes, typically with an open floor plan and either one or two floors.
The homes may be either partially or fully Earth-bermed or free-standing. Earth-berming means that part of the home is covered by the Earth. For example, a home that’s built into the side of a mountain or hillside is said to be Earth-bermed or Earth-sheltered. The benefits of such a design are that the home is insulated from extreme temperatures and can better maintain a constant temperature throughout the day, regardless of the season.
A firehouse-inspired home in San Francisco, California is literally a converted firehouse from the late 1800s. At that time, fire trucks were smaller in size. The reason the building was abandoned, and later turned into a home, was that larger fire trucks were being designed in the 1970s and the building’s doors could not accommodate them.
The owners of the house have maintained a lot of the charm inherent in the building, including the lockers the firemen used to use, and of course the fire pole they slid down.
The Connecticut Round House, as it is called, is a single structure home that is circular in shape, designed by Richard T. Foster. It sits 12 feet off the ground on its “base” and has the ability to slowly rotate 360 degrees. It takes approximately an hour to complete an entire rotation and it can be stopped, slowed down or even sped up.
The building is made of steel, glass, and shingles – oh, and it retails for almost $3 million.
The Cave House
The Cave House in St Festus MO is a stunning 17,000 square feet (1,579 sqm), and contains all the usual stuff – three bedrooms, a middle chamber with a laundry room, lots of storage space, and even a spare bathroom.
But, one of the more amazing things about this home is that it doesn’t need heating or air conditioning. Geothermal and passive solar systems keep the home comfortable all year long. Would you want to live in a cave? It might seem like a lot to clean, but the Sleepers (the owners) manage somehow.
This guest post was contributed by Jeremy Hague who is a home decorating aficionado and writer. When he’s not renovating, he’s providing information to help his readers improve their own homes. Look for his informative posts on many of today’s DIY and home improvement websites.
If your basement is dark and dingy, used for storage of things since forgotten, don’t despair, you can transform it into a functional basement design your whole family will love. Any basement can be magically transformed from depressing into family-friendly havens, inviting guest suites, inspiring workspaces, home theaters, a playroom for the kids, a games room, a laundry room, fantasy man caves, etc., it’s up to you to decide the best way to make it useful. Basements can actually be quite cozy. Some of them had lots of square footage and the advantage of natural light to work with, while others were no more than damp holes in the ground underneath the house. It’s all about the layout and the furniture. Include warm and comfortable textures and avoid dark colors unless you are trying to add drama to the space, or it is the media room.
If you want to see what your basement space might have the potential for, these images will help give you amazing inspiration! If you are looking for more ideas for creating entertaining spaces for guests, have a look at 58 Exquisite home bar designs built for entertaining. For ideas on increasing your living space in your home, have a look at 60 Unbelievable under stairs storage space solutions.
In a clever design move, the slide is lined up with arcade machines with similar lines, as well as painted stripes on the walls and ceilings.
Stone accents in Cincinnati. This basement has it all, with room for TV watching and lounging, a bar for entertaining and a pool table. Dark wood floors and custom stone accents unify the entire room.
Modern basement in Maryland. An open floor plan and exposed joists on the ceiling create visual lightness in this previously dark and damp basement. The little details help make the space more modern, including the wood treatment around the center column.
This beach style basement offers a cozy living space and hideaway bunk beds tucked behind sliding barns doors.
Basement Bar and LEGO room: A custom built room for LEGO storage also provides a backdrop for a Media Room and a nearby bar.
This multifunctional basement space serves as a mudroom, a seating area, an office and a laundry space. The built-in bench, desk and cabinetry keep things tidy and neat while preserving traffic flow.
The designer carefully considered the way the family would use each zone in the space. This mom’s command central has loads of storage — overhead, on the desktop and underneath the stairs — including flat files, room for wrapping supplies, and storage for adult and kid craft supplies. Well-placed lighting, electrical outlets and a fabric-covered pinboard along the back of the wall let her keep everything she needs close at hand.
When entertaining, the clients can draw full-height, in-line sliding doors across the children’s craft and homework area and across the desk, leaving everything as cluttered as can be, with no one the wiser.
The doors, made by German company Hafele, stack and disappear into closets at either end when open. There are also bolts in the floor so that the mom can lock up her computer when the kids have sleepovers. The doors are covered in a custom lacquer that reflects the light.
Contemporary New York bar. Slate, granite and dark cabinetry combine beautifully in this basement bar. This design offers a stunning raised bartop and ample lighting.
Make use of the space you have. You don’t need an entire room for your wine cellar. If you’re tight on basement space, consider re-purposing a closet or a small storage area.
A 1,500-square-foot basement takes up the downstairs, including a home theater with a custom built-in surrounding a large TV. Speakers hide behind mesh-front doors. Theater-inspired sconces line both sides of the room, and there’s a snack area with a microwave and refrigerator.
Georgia media room in soft blues. Even a small basement can be put to good use. Fill it up with cozy furniture and soft colors, as in this room, and you have a dedicated movie-watching space. The wood wall adds a subtle architectural element.
Gray and white in Virginia. Crown molding contrasts with soft gray walls to visually open up this elegant basement. This refreshing space proves that basements don’t have to be dark and dingy — a coat of paint can make all the difference.
Soft colors in San Francisco. Subtle gray walls and furniture allow the bright bursts of color in this basement to really stand out. The separate seating areas makes entertaining large groups easy.
Beautiful built-ins in Georgia. Built-ins around the basement fireplace adds plenty of storage and spaces for personal items and decor, creating a cohesive and symmetrical look. This wall could have been left completely bare, but the built-in shelves seem to infuse life into the space.
Barn door for a Washington bedroom. Your basement could be the perfect place for another bedroom. This stunning gray door and its hardware give this basement guest bedroom a unique and playful touch.
Add a home office to your basement space, built-in under the stairs makes use of this otherwise dead space.
Separate spaces in Massachusetts. A simple carpet divides up this open space by function. The wall trim and molding along the far wall helps to make this room feel like part of the rest of the house.
Focused on Family. This family-friendly basement includes a TV area, game area, kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom. It is a walk-out basement bathed in natural light. The kitchenette is a great spot for fixing snacks for movie and game time.
The architect painted the exposed rafters black; they work well with the client’s contemporary tastes. Industrial touches mesh with the utilitarian elements often found in basements and the concrete floors. For instance, the architect used a galvanized metal wall that’s curved and corrugated to separate the living space from the utility area.
If you enjoy entertaining often, you might want to entertain the idea of unleashing your creative prowess and add a custom home bar to your home. The bar should be installed where you would want to be doing most of your hosting. Usually that is next to the kitchen, but it also could be located in a home theater, recreation room, basement, great room, home office, home library or even in your outdoor room. Whatever space in your home works best for your needs, be sure that you tie it into the overall style of your home and design the space to meet your most frequent entertaining needs. Depending on the size of your home, a tiny unit can be squeezed into an empty corner, a larger-than-life bar takes over a whole room which can work as a real party starter. Just add swizzle sticks, a fabulous music system and a menu selection of tasty cocktails and mocktails.
Here are some inspirational ideas to help you get started on the planning and designing your own bar. If you are looking for an idea of a basement transformation into a home pub, have a look at this fascinating article, Incredible makeover of basement turned home pub. If you are still looking for ideas, have a look at our past article on designing your outdoor spaces for entertaining, 70 Awesomely clever ideas for outdoor kitchen designs.
The home bar has become one of the quintessential bonus rooms in homes today. And while men and women alike are planning and adapting these spaces, it’s common to see a masculine influence in their designs. Rich wood, TVs, leather-backed chairs, pool tables and cigar porches are popular features of the modern-day home bar.
An empty corner can be easily converted into a well-equipped bar like this one in Atlanta — ideal for occasional cocktail nights, dinner parties or even work functions. It means that guests can help themselves without interrupting the cook in the nearby kitchen.
This home bar is located in an historic barn in Newtown Square, Philadelphia. The bar is comprised of a re-purposed oak wood water cistern that was adaptively reused, part of a larger space that incorporates a large media room. The countertop is soapstone.
The rest of this house is bright and white with pops of color, so the owners of this space wanted something darker and moodier. The husband showed designer Kristen Peck a photo of a pub and said, “I want the same feel.”
While the husband and wife agreed on the aesthetics, the husband’s preferences drove many of the selections, such as tin ceilings and knotty alder cabinetry. There’s also a copper sink, a dishwasher, a microwave, LED rope lighting, a TV and a natural quartzite floor.
Highlights of this sumptuous scheme include a stunning Manhattan style bar, which comes with a black lizard effect leather floor, a 3 meters facetted mirrored bar.
Contractor Bob Michels turned a storage space above his home garage into an enviable pub with great views. His wife had picked out the carpets and wall colors in the main house, but this space was all his. The room has a pool table, in-floor heating and beautiful custom cabinets.
This homeowner’s business takes him to London frequently. Every time he’s there, he stops off at his favorite pub. He loved the atmosphere so much that he re-created it in his New York state home.
A retired professional baseball player transformed the two-bedroom casita on the property of his Arizona vacation home into this bar space for storing his sports collectibles. The rest of the house is done in a Venetian style, so he wanted something that was more his speed. The African-chic aesthetic features bamboo walls and animal prints for a summery feel.
The owner, a lifelong bachelor in Las Vegas, had full say in everything that went into the space. Signed guitars, jerseys and other collectibles adorn the walls. There are multiple TVs for sports and even doors that lead out to a courtyard for cigar sessions. Designer Michael Macaluso picked the deep wine-reddish wall color to complement the wood bar, which is alder with a medium stain, and the walnut floor. He added an animal print and embossed leather too. “As a male designer, it wasn’t hard to come up with everything in here,” Macaluso says.The designer says when building a home bar, it’s important to determine how much space you’ll actually need and use. “A pool table takes up a lot of room,” he says. “So unless you’re going to use it a lot, don’t get one. People want slot machines, hockey games, then they realize they have nowhere to sit.”Macaluso estimates that a space like this would cost about $100,000 for the cosmetics — furniture, custom cabinets, floors, detailed wood ceiling, custom cabinets, top-of-the-line TVs, audio system, wine rack.
Works for: Wine buffs. A corner bar is a great option for wine connoisseurs. A glass-fronted shelving unit is a must-have — as we all know, different types of wine require different types of glasses. As a bonus, the burgundy-colored glasses in this Los Angeles bar add real impact to the floor-to-ceiling cabinet.
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When you are decorating, or redecorating your home, the possibilities are endless! It may seem scary at first – what if you make a major decorating mistake and end up with a room where nothing matches and you end up with an unflattering space? What if you spend hours and hours of time and hundreds of dollars and absolutely hate what you’ve done and all of the choices you’ve made? You can take comfort in the fact that there is one selection you can make that you can’t go wrong with: blinds!
There are many reasons that blinds are a great choice when you want to give your home an all-new look. For instance:
There is a wide selection of blinds to choose from. No matter what kind of look you’re going for, blinds can help you achieve it. Blinds have a timeless look, and you can choose from different types of blinds for different effects. Wood blinds give your room a classy, classic touch. Vertical blinds offer a contemporary look. Mini blinds are the perfect accent for that little window in the bathroom. And don’t forget that you can choose from a variety of sheens, colors, and wood types, in stained or painted, so you are sure to find just what you want.
Blinds can provide energy savings. We’re all looking for ways to save a few bucks nowadays, and searching for ways to keep our homes as comfortable as they can be. Blinds are a wonderful way to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Interior blinds are great for the summer heat, since you can adjust the slats and control how much light gets into the room. When they are completely closed, they can reduce heat-gain by 45%. Exterior blinds, which are mounted above the window, can provide shade if closed completely. You can control your home’s temperature by adjusting how much air and daylight you would like by raising or lowering the blinds.
Blinds are easy to install. You may think that installing blinds sounds like a hassle, and maybe you think it is beyond your expertise. But it’s not as hard as you may think, especially with an abundance of websites out there that can show you exactly what you need to do. There is no need to go out and buy any special hardware – the only thing you’ll need for installation is a screwdriver or drill.
Blinds are safe for kids. Maybe you are hesitating to get blinds because you have kids or grandkids and you’ve heard horror stories about tykes getting caught up in the blind cords – with disastrous results. Blind manufacturers are aware of these concerns, and now offer blinds with cords that are loose, not looped, or blinds that don’t use cords at all.
Ordering blinds is now easier than ever. You don’t even have to leave the house. Measure your windows. Check out a blinds website with a ton of great options. Wait a few days for your order to arrive. Unpack and install. It’s as easy as that!
Yes, when you are redecorating it can be a challenge because you have so many decisions to make. But which window covering you should get is an easy choice! The right blinds can give your room a whole new look. They help keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. They are easy to install, safe for kids, and easy to order. Buying blinds may be the easiest decorating choice you make!
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Stylize an accent wall in your home with the alluring warmth and depth of wood, whether you select a gorgeous rustic style or upscale chic. Warm, rich, and timeless, wood has long been a material of choice for floors, trim, and cabinetry. There are numerous ways to enjoy the colors and textures of raw wood in your home, whether you prefer a subtle touch or a full-on feature wall. The colder temperatures of fall and winter inspire gravitating toward warm woods and textures. A wood accent wall is one of those versatile details that looks great just about anywhere, and as the temperatures dip, you will find yourself loving the look of wood in every color and shape. The impact is strong, and layers of texture and warmth can bring a rustic sophistication to traditional or modern spaces. Possible applications are numerous — no space is off-limits.
Browse this collection to see how it can also add character and beauty to your walls. If you are seeking further inspiration on accent walls, browse through some past articles on 51 Modern and fresh interiors showcasing gray paint and 41 Sensational interiors showcasing black painted walls.
Shipping-Pallet Headboard. Make a headboard out of rustic and worn-looking wood from shipping pallets.
Reclaimed and Rustic. Clad one wall of your bedroom in reclaimed boards of various lengths, arranged horizontally. Using boards with a variety of tones and leaving the nail holes visible adds to the rustic appeal. Choosing the wall behind your bed gives the impression of a full-wall headboard.
Bed wall. A bed wall is a great location for a wood accent. I find the natural patina of wood to be very calming and a perfect choice for a bedroom. I especially like the way the texture of this wall gives just enough interest to this minimalist room but does not compete with the spectacular view.
Warm rustic with bright white. Opposites attract, and that’s certainly true for this fresh interpretation of soft modern. This room is so calming and minimalist, with its sharp contrasting textures of smooth bright white and smoky rustic wood. This is such a perfect vibe for a bedroom. Notice the pendant lights at either side of the bed in place of lamps, saving space on the petite nightstands.
Play up the rustic. Yes, a wood accent wall can also be distinctively rustic. Play up the lodge experience with barn wood and branch furniture. Consider an unexpected soft color like lavender to contrast the edge of the wood.
White on Wood. Put a fun spin on tradition in your kitchen by installing white cabinetry on wood walls. Opting for open shelves over wall cabinets helps showcase the beautiful wood walls and provides a layered look.
Wood as wall art. This idea is almost a full accent wall but more like a piece of art. Consider artful configurations of wood on a focal wall in a dining room or home office.
Sleek and modern. Wood accent walls can look sleek and modern, not rustic at all. Walnut is a great choice for a modern accent wall, especially applied vertically. Notice the modern neutral palette of solids and textures. No need for art; the wood accent wall is the star.
Floated. This idea reminds me of a warm, rustic art installation all by itself. Naturally, it’s the perfect place for a great piece of art and a great idea for defining spaces in an open floor plan.
Reclaimed with color. This fun, rustic wood accent wall features reclaimed wood with a touch of color. The punchy red accent table looks right at home in this mix.
Horizontal and Zen. The slim horizontal styling of this wood accent wall creates the perfect Zen-like atmosphere for this master bathroom. The choice of a squared-off modern bathtub makes this bathroom distinctively minimalist and spa-like.
Inset accent wall. There is a great transitional vibe of this inset wall against the bright white walls and soft layers of the three-tiered chandelier. A shapely mirror and mirrored sideboard attractively contrast the horizontal pattern of the white oak accent wall.
Stairwell detail. A stairwell is a perfect place for a wood accent wall. The high nature of a stairwell will create a dramatic effect, with a great opportunity for accent lighting. Run the boards horizontally to visually expand the width of the space.
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