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BRINGING THE NATURAL BEAUTY
OF WOOD INTO OUR HOMES

Written by Dan Weaver

    Natural wood items can be used in every home decorated in the primitive style and will bring a sense of “old” to even the newest of spaces.

    Below are some tips on how to incorporate more wood into your home.

    The most dramatic way to incorporate wood into a home is to start with the floors, walls, and ceilings. When choosing the appropriate wood for your home, it is important to keep in mind that one does not have to break the bank. Salvaged wood can often be found by deconstructing old wooden structures like log cabins and old barns. This wood is often free and can be obtained by simply agreeing to tear down the structure and haul everything away. Salvaged wood can be used as accents or to cover entire walls to create a dramatic statement. Old beams can be added to any ceiling using salvaged wood, which will give the ceiling an aged appearance. Doors and shutters can be made from salvaged wood and are the perfect way to disguise modern appliances. Newer wood can also be purchased for these projects and given a salvaged-wood appearance through a variety of aging techniques. 

    Another way to achieve this look is to include more items that are made of wood in our homes. This can be accomplished through the use of wooden cupboards, tables, chairs, dressers, and other furnishings. To enjoy the patina of the wood, one can avoid items that have been painted. The absence of paint will allow the natural grain to show through and will add to the warmth of any home. These wooden items can be spread throughout the house to give each space the natural look that many homeowners desire. 




     There are many small collections that can be acquired to bring more wood into our spaces. Butter molds, mashers, wooden bowls, butter paddles, pantry boxes, breadboards, and firkins are perfect examples of wooden items that will bring more character to any space. These collections are relatively small and can be grouped together to create a larger impact. When placed together, these collections can hide modern conveniences like outlets, sinks, and stovetops. The smaller wooden collections can be grouped together in crocks or buckets to draw one’s attention to the items and the whimsy of the collections. 

  It is important for all of us to remember that we do not have to live in a period home to achieve the look we love. There are many ways to make our newer homes appear centuries older than they actually are, and the addition of wooden items is just one way that we can achieve the primitive look. When we add more aged wood to our homes, they will have more character and warmth and will have the early feel that so many of us appreciate.