Wood beyond the floor

Wood wall cladding and panelling have shaken off their faded 1970s reputation and interior designers and architects have been looking at multi-surface wood with fresh eyes, resulting in a resurgence in use in both residential and commercial projects.

Reclaimed wood on walls, ceilings and floors brings warmth and personality to a room, whatever your interior style. Wood wall cladding adds pattern, texture and tone to a project, depending on the wood, by adding layers of interest or creating a pièce de résistance.

Reclaimed wood on the walls and floors, workspace in London

Beyond panelling: wood adds texture, pattern and personality to projects

Wood wall cladding today is vastly different to the orange hued pines of the 70s. Today’s wood wall cladding encompasses texture and pattern more than ever before, allowing you to choose statement cladding or more of a minimalist approach that will blend seamlessly with your existing décor.

Wood is a great material for adding warmth to a space and this isn’t exclusive to floors. Geometric patterns like herringbone or chevron add texture to projects and choosing wood with a distinctive grain allows you to have pattern within a simple plank installation. Wood wall and ceiling cladding isn’t limited to large expanses either, the horizontal arrangement of planks tricks the eye into thinking a room is wider than it is.

For new build homes that lack charm and original features, adding wood wall and ceiling cladding adds character within the space. Wood can also be used in interiors to create intimacy, pictured below is the Crazy Bear Hotel’s meeting room. This room has been entirely clad in reclaimed wood, creating a space that feels more private and homely.

The Crazy Bear Hotel 

Wood brings nature indoors 

Wood is one of the most natural materials, it connects you to the outside world through its texture, smell and appearance. Wood wall and ceiling cladding allows you to capture and maximise the tranquil and relaxing ambiance which defines nature.

Not only is reclaimed timber the most environmentally friendly way to use wood beyond the floor, it also brings a story to your space. Our Bold Surfaces portfolio offers reclaimed wood with hidden surprised and vibrant secrets within each plank;  capturing a lifetime of adventure, history and heritage. We’ve travelled halfway across the globe to salvage Teak from Javanese fishing boats and hunted down nineteenth-century railway Oak. The characterful markings that point to former uses have been accentuated during the restoration process.

Reclaimed wood on the ceiling and floor of this private residence

Wood wall cladding helps to define zones

Wood wall cladding helps you achieve flow, allowing you to transition between areas by creating ‘zones’ to reflect moods and articulate style. Wood on walls creates connection between different rooms and areas and make them feel as a part of the overall design.

Pictured below is a perfect example of this, wood wall cladding has been added to the end of this kitchen, marking out a separate area in the room. The cladding has been crafted from the same wood as the floor, but different designs have been used in each, creating a seamless flow from space to space. 

Herringbone and plank formats used to define spaces in this private home

Wood on walls and ceilings isn’t exclusive to residential projects, wood allows you to break up areas in commercial settings too. In restaurants, wood is often used to separate different spaces. The restaurant Fazenda, pictured below, used our Ceruse wall cladding to highlight this private dining area and separate it from the rest of the restaurant, helping customers navigate the space.

Fazenda, Edinburgh

 Consider these factors when looking for wood cladding:

  • Texture – do you want your wall or ceiling cladding to be tactile or smooth? Does it work with other textures in the room?

  • Placement – where do you want to use the wood cladding? Do you want to create a ‘5th wall’ with your ceiling or do you want to highlight a particular zone?

  • Tone – will the colour of the wood compliment your existing décor or do you want it to standout?

If you’re looking to work wood into your next project but aren’t sure where to start, get in touch and we can organise a design appointment with you.

If you have a pattern, texture or tone in mind that you can find in our portfolio, we are happy to work with you to provide a solution entirely bespoke to you.

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