Incorporating Reclaimed Wood Furniture Into Your Home March 07 2014, 0 Comments
Somewhere along the line, someone decided that adding the word "chic" made everything sound a little fancier. Kind of like the term "Shabby Chic", which is used to describe a room with a lot of flea market finds. Eco Chic is the design style that combines reused or "repurposed" furniture with sustainable and "reclaimed" materials scavenged from buildings and structures that are no longer in use. It's a complete approach to environmentally friendly home design that cuts down on waste and finds new ways to use old materials.
Four Attractive Characteristics of Reclaimed Wood Furniture
Weathered and Worn
The best pieces aren't necessarily in perfect condition, but have been seasoned perfectly to last for decades. Reclaimed wood furniture uses wood that has been salvaged (or as I like to put it "saved") from demolished structures. Wood that has been naturally aged in barns, warehouses and wineries -- or sun-faded on tired, old decks and docks has history and a story that's begging to be told.
As a designer, I've discovered the beauty of merging reclaimed wood materials with metal to create an entirely new genre of furniture...where industrial meets rustic. It's versatile and can be used to complement the raw brick of a renovated home in Tuscany -- or the cold concrete floors of an industrial San Francisco loft.
This material can be used to create timeless, classic pieces that can be passed along for generations to come. And it's not just about rustic style. Reclaimed wood can be incorporated in a number of applications to meet the design needs of any space. You can create unique pieces to suit your needs -- from kitchen islands and a featured bank of kitchen cabinets to formal dining tables that can accommodate large dinner parties.
Custom Mind Set
I like to think the more weathered, worn and aged the wood -- the better the reclaimed wood furniture. This is the wood that's ideal for the true designer to express themselves because it provides a designer with the opportunity to add a touch of original, artfully crafted furniture designed to suit your personal needs.
The Missing Link
Reclaimed wood furniture can be that one item you just haven't be able to find. It is the missing link to tie the old in with new and bring a sense of harmony and originality to your space.
Some of the most common uses for reclaimed pieces include:
- Coffee and end tables
- Accent tables
- Kitchen tables
- Sofa tables
- Shelving and built ins
- Butcher block
- Wood-framed Screens
- Accent pieces
- Patio furniture
Finding new ways to use reclaimed furniture pieces is a great way to approach incorporating a new piece into your home. Some suggestions include incorporating a stool by the bathtub, nightstand tables for the bedroom or incorporating reclaimed wood as doors, floorboards and paneling for walls.
You don't have to use it to excess. It takes just a soupcon of reclaimed wood to add that special touch or focal point that ties a room together.
If you're looking for a designer in the San Francisco Bay Area or Santa Cruz County to help you design custom reclaimed furniture for your space, Starley Moore of Charley & Company can provide you with the vision and artistry you are seeking.