Wood adds character and dimension to your home like no other material can. Every piece of wood is as unique as your fingerprint. Grain patterns and color vary, adding warmth, texture and personality to any living space. There are lots of ways to bring wood into your home. It can easily be incorporated as in cabinets, wood features and décor. Whether you have a new home, an existing home or are remodeling, wood features can add value for years to come.
The kitchen is the heart of any home and the most important room in your house. It is where people gather to socialize, prepare food and share special occasions. The most influential factor in the aesthetic design of a kitchen is cabinetry. It is the first detail others notice and helps bring your kitchen to life. Cabinets often set the tone for the level of quality finishes found throughout the rest of the home. The kitchen should complement and enhance the rest of a home.
Natural wood doors add warmth and upscale appeal to almost any home. The most common wood door are hinged doors, but there are lots of other styles. The right door can enhance the décor of an entire room or accent a specific style. Moldings and trim are design elements that add depth, detail and richness to a home. From wainscoting to crown molding, decorative trim adds visual interest. Wood stairs and railings are functional and provide visual texture in a home. A beautifully designed staircase can create a dramatic focal point.
Natural wood features provide a custom look to a home. Wood shutters, mantels and feature walls can instantly improve a home’s appearance. Shutters make a great first impression, improve curb appeal, energy savings and value. A beautiful fireplace deserves a beautiful mantel. Mantels gives a home texture, warmth and withstand the test of time. Like shutters and mantels, wood feature walls, once called paneling, add dimension to a room and complement almost any design style. Natural wood features are a smart investment and add elegance and value to any home.
The most significant décor feature in a kitchen are the cabinets. A typical kitchen has 25-30 feet of cabinets, which can be a big expense and may account for as much as 40 percent of a kitchen budget. Top quality, well-built cabinets are an investment and should be made like quality furniture. Home buyers and sellers know a well-designed kitchen is one of the spaces that adds value to a home. Quality cabinetry should look good and function well for 20-30 years.
Anatomy of a cabinetCarcass Face + Doors Drawers Shelves + Hinges
Hinges need to withstand constant use. Quality cabinet hinges have a built-in soft-close mechanism. The hinge should be adjustable in six ways: in-out, up-down and right-left, so that they can be adjusted when doors expand or contract due to seasonal changes.
Solid Wood Doors are made of quality natural wood. A solid wood door is easy to close, provides insulation and blocks noise. Solid wood doors may cost more, but they will withstand the test of time. Solid wood doors can be stained or painted and can be used as an interior or an exterior door.
Solid Core Doors are made from wood by-products and are covered in a thin layer of veneer. A solid core door is one way to get a substantial door at a reasonable price. Good places to use solid core doors are bedrooms, bathrooms and areas where privacy is important.
Hollow Core Doors have a wooden framework with a honeycomb or grid-like core that is filled with a light material like cardboard, foam or a combination. They are encased by fiberboard or veneer. Hollow core doors are cost-effective but easily damaged. Good places to use a hollow core door are pantries and closets.
Crown molding covers the corner between the ceiling and a wall. It eases the transition between the vertical and horizontal planes. Crown molding is often more ornate and has a more detailed silhouette than other trim.
Frame molding looks like a large picture frame. Frame moldings are only decorative and are often found in hallways, stairways, living rooms or dining rooms.
Base Molding (baseboards) covers the joint between the wall and the floor. Baseboards are usually between 3 and 5 inches high and tend to be simple designs.
Window and Door Casings are both practical and decorative. They are designed to cover the unfinished gap between walls and door or window frames. They help to give a room a polished look.
Chair Rails are commonly installed about 36 inches from the floor and were originally intended to prevent walls from getting bumped by furniture. Chair rails separate two types of wall finishes, like paint and wainscoting.
Wainscoting is similar to a chair rail or wood paneling and extends from the middle of a wall to the floor. Wainscoting is often used in foyers, staircases, master bathrooms and dining rooms.
Picture Rails are located seven to nine feet above the floor. A picture rail allows picture frames to hang from walls without having to nail holes in the wall. Plate rails are wider, but like a picture rail. A plate rail is used as a platform to display and store a collection of items like jars or pottery.
Stairways are architectural features in many homes and benefit greatly from the use of real wood. Stairs are comprised of newels, handrails (sometimes called banisters), balusters, treads and risers (the steps). When assembled, all these stair parts are called balustrades. Oak, ash, mahogany and cherry are commonly used for the construction of stairs. Handrail should be manufactured in long lengths using as few joints or laminates as possible. Balusters, sometimes called spindles, are decorative, functional and an important part of the railing support system. Like other wood in your home, stairway handrails, balusters and treads need an application of Scott’s Liquid Gold every few weeks to clean and protect them.
Natural wood makes a home feel warm and inviting. Wood shutters, mantels and feature walls are three ways to incorporate the beauty of real wood. Wood shutters offer an elegant, sophisticated style, while controlling light and privacy. Wood mantels showcase wide pieces of solid hardwoods with rich color and grain patterns. Wood feature walls add a focal point to any room. From pre-made tongue-in-groove styles to reclaimed wood, walls can be made in variety of styles. Balance the rich beauty of natural wood with plenty of natural light and crisp white accents for a timeless décor.
To Choose Real Wood
Wood ages well. It looks great brand new and 100 years later. It looks good weathered, distressed and refinished.
Wood is classic, timeless and always on trend. It is durable, enduring and will withstand the test of time.
Wood is at home in all styles of décor, from modern to traditional, and comes in a wide range of colors.
Wood is earth friendly. It’s natural and can be reused and repurposed. It’s recyclable, renewable and sustainable.
Wood is unique and feels rich. The grain is beautiful, warm and inviting. No two pieces of wood are alike.