The kitchen being the heart of your home, is one of the most used and renovated areas around the house. Over time kitchens have evolved from just a place to eat and cook in, to places to hang out and bond in. Hence the rising trend to decorate kitchen spaces. But kitchen decor can sometimes become quite difficult especially if you are environmentally conscious. Most of the time, you have to compromise on quality and decor if you’re trying to be environmentally friendly and upcycling things.
But there’s one thing that has never been out of fashion, and that is reclaimed wood. With so many materials in the market, reclaimed wood has been gaining quite some hype for its versatile, eco-friendly material as well as the character it adds to your kitchen.
Whether it’s a rustic feel or a modern look, there are many ways to make use of reclaimed wood. It has both functionality and aesthetics.
Here are five ways you can easily utilise reclaimed wood:
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Ours and everyone else’s favourite part of the kitchen, the cabinetry. Reclaimed wood will not only have a lot of character and personality but can also be used in a variety of ways. Such as slab style cabinets to the popular shaker.
To remove the monotonous tones, you can add different tones by staining the wood, adding vintage and classy kitchen cabinet handles or adding a little bit of gold color to the sides of the cabinet doors. These different tones will add a new dimension to your kitchen & can be paired up with rustic, traditional and formal style kitchens.
Shelving is a very versatile decor option and can be used to flaunt your appliances, crockery or your decor pieces. Some of the kitchen designs blend really well with the rustic look that reclaimed wood will provide. One such example is the farmhouse style kitchens.
You can build reclaimed wood shelves to store and display your extra pots and pans. This will be practical and will also look pretty. Or you can use these shelves to put decor pieces on. You can also put some lamps, light or hanging plants on the reclaimed wood shelves to create a beautiful corner in your kitchen.
3. Wall Paneling
Reclaimed wood for wall paneling can be used in a variety of ways such as in and around the kitchen as well.
You can use a piece of reclaimed wood as a frame and add some photos on it. Another one would be to use it for accenting the walls and surrounding columns. Adding these little pieces of woods will give the look of a contemporary kitchen if paired up with a modern and thoughtful design. Wall panels made out of reclaimed wood paired with bold colors such as red or yellow will add a lot of contrast and spice up your kitchen.
4. Ceiling Beams
If you are looking for something other than the standard drywall for your ceiling, reclaimed wood is a good option. Reclaimed wood will give your kitchen a cottage like look as well as add warmth and a touch of coziness. This fifth wall of the kitchen is often ignored and can make the room feel unfinished. The use of reclaimed wood will a lot of completeness and uniqueness to your design
If you have a small kitchen and you are not looking for a huge kitchen Island then reclaimed wood can come in handy. You can use a slab of reclaimed wood as it is for a kitchen island or you can be a little extra and add epoxy in between two panels of wood. This will not immediately add character to your kitchen and make it modern and chic.
If you’re not comfortable using reclaimed wood as an island, you can also use it as a side table or even as trays or cutting boards. The options are endless!
Wood flooring is particularly popular in open kitchen plans. Usually the same material is used throughout the kitchen but with reclaimed wood, you can add extra charm to your floor.
With lots of marks, nail holes and patina, reclaimed wood instantly looks vintage rustic but also modern and polished at the same time. Either way you go, this will add spectacular details to your kitchen.
Reclaimed wood is not only cheap but can also take on any style, design and uses. In varying kitchen designs, it can become contemporary, bold or rustic. It might show signs of wear and tear but if polished right can also look modern. However you choose to use it, it will carry the stories and the years of durability with it. Let us know how you have used reclaimed wood in your kitchen.