Wood has been used in the home for hundreds of years, from furniture to flooring, and its natural, welcoming appeal makes it an ever popular choice.
As styles and uses continually evolve, recent trends have seen wood floors used in a whole new way. Flooring is literally being turned on its head, with interior designers increasingly fitting wood as sleek cladding and coverings for walls, ceilings and stairwells, not just floors.
Although British interiors traditionally embraced wood cladding less than our Scandinavian or American counterparts, modern products are less ski chalet and more contemporary sleek in style and finish. New materials include high gloss blacks and subtle grey options, with variations on plank width and length allowing greater flexibility in terms of the overall look.
Wood cladding is often traditionally used for rustic style interiors, but by sourcing interesting timbers and selecting sleek finishes a striking design-led look can be achieved.
Choosing wood as cladding is also an excellent eco choice, as not only is it natural and sustainable, it is also brings great insulating properties to your home, which can reduce your heating needs. Wood specialists Ecora of London have a huge range of finishes and timbers in both classic and contemporary finishes. “We find greys and light finishes are really popular for city apartments and homes,” says Jeandrè du Toit, Ecora Sales Director , “As these finishes bring a feel of nature and space, and really open a room up. But for truly striking and very contemporary finishes, dark glossy woods are sensational”.