Natural Elements -Part 7 - Wood
The natural element of wood has become an extremely popular interior design style. It reminds us of being in tune with our planet along with making us aware of how natural products can be used throughout our homes. Wood has been the staple ingredient for furniture for thousands of years, tables, chairs, bed frames and wooden blinds to name but a few, have become part and parcel of everyday life.
Most kitchens have wooden cupboards or dressers, table and chairs are in every dining room, (although they don't have to necessarily be made from wood), most sofas and lounge suites have frames made from wood, coffee tables, the list is endless!
Today interiors have a tendency to be designed using the lighter shades of wood such as maple, natural pine, beech and light oak, in part this is due to the illusion of more space they provide as natural light reflects off their surfaces as well as the fact that many homes no longer have sufficient space for grand dark oak dressers or imposing bedroom suites of furniture.
However, every imaginable colour of wood is widely available for those who want it. Eco-awareness has bought consumer's attention to look for products made from sustainable woods, as such luxury woods such as ebony are rarely used, instead other sustainable wood is stained black to give the illusion of the more expensive genuine ebony.
Window dressings of wooden blinds or curtains hung from wooden curtain poles are the ideal choice for both modern and traditional interior designs. Country cottage designs revolve around the use of pine or pine effect furnishings and furniture.
In feng shui interiors wood promotes development and creative energies, as such you can use wooden objects to promote motivation making wood the ideal material to use in home offices! Wood as an element is considered important because it is both strong and bendable. Wood also promotes passion making the ideal choice for bedrooms, with wooden headboards and coordinating wooden furniture, stripped floor boards and Romantica curtain poles.
Take a glance around your home and you may be surprised just how much wood you already have and use without really giving it much thought, irrespective of whether you are consciously using it to create feng shui living spaces. The colours, durability and longevity of wood has quite literally stood the test of time in truning people's houses into homes.