Why interior design with wood?
‘the most successful interior design is that which most closely echoes the natural environment’
We didn’t think we would ever quote the Prince of Wales in an interior design blog, but on this topic his majesty said it perfectly!
You have to admit, there is no better designer than mother nature and wood elements especially engage our senses to the highest degree. Natural and sustainable wood specified in interiors aids in creating spaces that go way beyond aesthetics. Homes or any interior designs with wood specified through furniture or finishes instantly make us feel grounded within a space.
Wood’s natural and warm qualities especially felt under a barefoot bring us closer to nature.
There is just something special about wooden elements, the crackling of burning wood within a fireplace, the smell after a lit match, the textural feeling of a wooden handle, the creak of your wooden floor as you walk on it, or the cosy wooden framed chair that you sit in by the window and look out at the world from. All of these interactions with wood instantly transport us to a place where we feel at ease and connected with nature.
interior design and wood
Interior designs with wood specified have a timeless quality about them. Vintage finds that have transferred hands are now sort after in homes because they give interior spaces so much more soul. I’m sure you can agree that if a wooden object has history it becomes even more interesting as we understand the real value and story that unique objects hold. Nowadays, an old lamp, table or chair is considered Hygge in style and highly supports the notion of a more grounded and slower paced lifestyle.
Related: How to get Hygge vibes in your home
wellbeing and wood
Running your fingers across a natural wooden table, or wrapping them around a warm ceramic cup is a distinctly different feeling from being in contact with something that’s man made like steel, glass or plastic. Even wooden children’s’ toys have become popular again after years of mass produced plastic toys. As you may have figured out by now, our approach to interior design is not just about how things look, it is just as much about how things feel.
Biophilia, which is the suggestion that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems describes the effect of humans’ connection with nature perfectly. We have evolved from nature and so we innately respond to it positively when in contact with it. This is ultimately the underlining current in all our designs as it ensures all of our spaces enhance the wellbeing of their dwellers.
science and interior design with wood
An interesting study from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences has documented that nature or elements of nature in both outdoor and indoor settings can be beneficial for human health and well-being. Wood is a natural by product and it therefore provides some of the same psychological and beneficial effects when applied indoors.
Sustainability also plays a big role in being driven towards using an organic material like wood as it perfectly captures the spirit of our age. Sustainable wood is also structurally organic and robust, easy to work with and insulates brilliantly against both heat and cold. The locally available building material is easy to process, very powerful and extremely simple to combine with other materials. These are just perfect qualities for a pleasant and healthy interior climate.
At Conscious Cribs, we always prioritise finishes that are not only better for the environment but also make us ‘feel’ better. Interior design with wood generate a pleasant and healthy atmosphere that feels better physically and also aesthetically. When a material can make you thrive on the inside, it will have a positive effect on your overall well being.
Let’s face it, wood is and always has been a gorgeous, natural and durable material. This is why it should always be considered as a timeless element for any interior.