Thanks to the technology and the variations in designs which go into the making of interior design and construction elements such as solid oak flooring, wooden cladding and wooden upholstery, making it work with all-wood interior spaces is no longer a conundrum for the ages. It’s challenging, yes, so make no mistake about that, but it can definitely be done. The challenge comes more from the point of view of the design as opposed to the quality of the materials which can be acquired at a reasonable price, so that’s what we’ll be focussing on in discussing the pointers to consider if you really want to create stunning all-wood interiors.

Stay true to the primary reasons for going all-wood

You may not particularly know it on a conscious level and if you do then all the better, but even though your primary reason for being inspired by the prospect of an all-wood interior comes from the view that it simply looks really good, it’s really just Mother Nature letting you know that a living environment should be as natural as possible, this despite the many advances in building and construction technology. It’s a design hack too in that you’ll just realise that if you go as natural as possible with the likes of the varnish used and other interior design elements, it’ll complement the overall look and make everything look really easy on the eye.

What does this mean in practice?

What this means in practice is that if you think about how beautiful something like a cabin in the woods looks in autumn, due to the brightly coloured leaves that effectively complement the wooden structure (or even just something like the bare branches of a particularly big tree), that can definitely be recreated indoors. So if the kids’ bed frames are conspicuously wooden in their appearance, this doesn’t necessarily mean that something like a bright red or orange comforter set will spoil the look and make it look unnatural. Red does occur in nature, so some red rugs could resemble the fallen autumn leaves, while blue resembles water that’s reflecting the sky, etc.

Wood just WORKS indoors, so don’t be afraid to experiment with what feels natural to you.

Hey, even painting over wooden frames with a black, charcoal-like colour recreates a very nice “burnt forest” look…

Structural interior elements

Getting back to some of the structural elements, whether it’s furniture, upholstery, engineered oak flooring, or perhaps even wooden wall cladding, if you’re going to do wood then you have to go all in and do it properly. This doesn’t mean you must just go crazy and populate the space with everything wooden. Rather, what it’s all about is getting the mix of species right. For instance, a mix of what appear to be weathered wood species allows you to mix and match them in a way that doesn’t make the resultant rugged panel contrasting mix look like it features too many different species.

Here’s another idea – using wooden flooring as cladding!