How to utilize reclaimed wood around your house in a sustainable way

Sustainable construction and living is a rather important movement and philosophy in the current world. This requires more and more people to make more sustainable picks where they can to preserve the betterment of the planet. Wood is one of the most essential out of these sustainable building materials. Wood is a building material that has been a classic choice for ages. Whether in the structure of the house or in the interiors, wood and wooden products have a rather vital presence. Wood is such a well received product because of the well adorned qualities it comes with. It is a strong, durable and versatile material. 

 

 

However, keeping up with the drive for sustainability requires one to look beyond conventional. This is why reclaimed wood in particular is a good material to incorporate in your home. Reclaimed wood is essentially repurposed i.e. taken from where it was being used and repurposed for use elsewhere. This allows one to reuse and reduce waste, while bringing in an eco friendly and sustainable material into the house. 

To utilize reclaimed wood in your house, there are a lot of different ways to go. Here’s how you can put it to the right use in your home.  


ON BUILDING FAÇADES 

 

Utilizing reclaimed wood is a great way to adorn the exterior of your house. Wood as it has a classy and neat look about it, helping you to create a stunning design with ease. Wooden facades are a recurring feature in contemporary homes made all the more better with reclaimed wood. Depending on the design you are going for, you can customize the shapes and lengths of the planks to create your desired design. Further, you can choose to keep it in its original condition or refresh it with a tint polish of your pick to allow you to achieve your ideal design. It is important however, to ensure protective coating so as to keep the wood from reacting to external exposure. 

RECYCLED FLOORING 

 

Wooden flooring is a timeless and gorgeous pick for any home. It can add a touch of warmth and give a palace a natural look. Reclaimed wood flooring is the way to get the look while being friendly to the environment. You can find vintage or modern reclaimed wooden planks that can be refurbished to serve as wooden floors or go for a reclaimed wooden floor with the touch ups needed to give any room the perfect look. You can customize the hue and play around with different textures around the house to create the right balance while not being monotonous. 

FURNITURE PIECES 

 

Reclaimed wood furniture is perhaps the most beautiful way to use it. This approach has actually been utilized by a lot of hotels and restaurants too, especially in the coastal areas. You can utilize reclaimed wood to create  a lot of different pieces around your house. For instance, you could make a classic wooden frame sofa adorned with cushions. You could also choose to make a natural forestry coffee table along with stools for a splash of nature to your house. Another great way could be to utilize an entire rough/vintage plank converted into a dining table or split to create side tables that have a rustic charm about them. 

WOODEN BAFFLE CEILING 

 

Wooden baffle ceilings are the perfect blend of modernity and sustainability. Baffle ceilings are perhaps the most easy and stunning way to utilize reclaimed wood in your interiors. You can utilize reclaimed wooden planks, with a smooth or rough finish as per your pick and create the baffle design with it. You can keep it simple with the woody hues or customize it in a different color for a unique look. This use can prove to be great as baffle ceilings look great and are very affordable and durable. You can also skip the typical baffle design and use reclaimed wooden beams for an exposed/industrial chic look. 

SHELVES AND CABINETS

 

Wooden shelves and cabinets are a popular feature in most modern and traditional homes. They have a certain charm about them and are also very reliable. Reclaimed wood can be put to use well to create storage spaces around your house. Be it your cabinets, shelves or even wardrobes, you can swap the typical materials for reclaimed wood. You can use it in your kitchen, to create your bookshelves, to create a walk-in closet, a showcase cupboard or even in your store area to create separate spaces to store your things in. You could find such pieces made from reclaimed wood ro take the diy route to find the right kind and amount of storage for your home while echoing your love for sustainability. 

KITCHEN ISLAND

 

Kitchen islands are a recurring feature in modern homes, especially ones embracing the open floor plan. Kitchen island serves as an extra work/seating space in close proximity to the cooking area, yet distinct enough. Reclaimed wood can help you create a one of a kind enchanting kitchen island. You could experiment by combining different kinds of woods or go for uniformity throughout. You could also create an ombre pattern with different hues of wood on the front and sides of the kitchen island for a fun and unique look. 

RECLAIMED WOODEN DOORS 

 

Vintage and rustic doors are very trendy at the moment. Using reclaimed wood instead of springing for a new door can help you nail that look at the fraction of the cast. If you wish to customize a design you could source reclaimed wooden planks and pieces and repurpose them to fit your design and even customize the color as per your theme. If you wish to take the vintage and simple route, you could give a try to flea and thrift markets and pick out vintage room or barn doors and add a few finishing touches for it to make sense in your space. Doing so can give your home an organic element that elevates it’s aesthetic. 

CREATE A WOODEN ACCENT WALL 

 

An accent or central wall acts as a focal point in any room. Be it your living area or your bedroom, an accent wall can set the tone for a room with ease. Adorning the focal wall of a bedroom, a dining area or your living room with reclaimed wood is a simple and efficient way to decorate it. You could utilize simple wooden planks of the same tone, or go for a dual tone theme as per your liking. For this wall you could also play around with different shapes cut out of reclaimed wood and set onto the wall to create edgy and fun patterns. You can also incorporate lighting with these patterns for a different look. You could utilize the leftover wood elsewhere in the house to be truly sustainable. 

DECOR PIECES 

 

Reclaimed wood decor pieces are a subtle yet great way to echo your passion for sustainability. There are a lot of different reclaimed wood decor pieces that can be utilized around the house. You could use reclaimed wood wall art pieces, candle holders, wall clocks, sculptures, serving trays, coasters, coat racks, utensils, or even windchimes all utilizing reclaimed wood. You can also extend this to your lighting through reclaimed wood lampshades to encase your lights in a sustainable and beautiful way. 


Overall, reclaimed wood is a great addition for your home if you wish to decorate and furnish it while also making the more responsible pick. Wood which would otherwise go to waste, being repurposed and utilized helps create beautiful pieces to utilize around a space while saving the world from generating too much waste. Try out the above ideas to incorporate this material in your home efficiently and gorgeously. 

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