Make the most of your hallway
It’s said that first impressions are everything, so with the hallway being the entrance to the home it’s the perfect place to make an impact.
Hallways are an important transitional space but can often be neglected as they’re seen as small and sometimes unusable. One really easy way to make an impact is to fit a wood floor – you can choose to make a statement through the tone, pattern or texture of the wood, or even a combination of all three.
Parquet floors are a perennial favourite; herringbone and chevron patterns date back centuries and have always remained on trend.
Herringbone looks fantastic in both square and longer hallways, but it can also cleverly disguise an irregularly shaped space.
Chevrons are perfectly suited to longer spaces. Rows of chevron down a hallway draws the eye, and you can run skinny planks down the centre of each row for a bolder look.
Planks are another great option for a longer space, and you can choose whether to go for a narrower width or a wider plank option. Both options can make a hallway appear wider – narrow planks achieve this as you can fit more into the space, whereas wider planks will have fewer joins across the space!
Clad your cloakroom
Wood isn’t just for floors, it works wonderfully as wall cladding too. One easy way to dip your toe into the wood on walls trend is to clad a downstairs cloakroom.
This is a great way to achieve a scandi-luxe feel, as its warm and cosy yet stylish. By also fitting wood flooring you’ll have a room that feels tied together, but that’s not to say that it all must match! Choosing a mid-toned herringbone for the floor and paler, wider planks for the wall will keep the space feeling unified without being too uniform.
Create a feature
One trend we’re loving at the moment is wood feature walls in bedrooms. You can pin planks either horizontally or vertically to the wall (we love the look of it pinned horizontally), to create a statement behind the bed. You can use cladding as well as a headboard, or instead of, its up to you.
The texture and tone of the wood you choose can create very different looks: smooth, pale tone planks can create a beautifully neutral aesthetic that can feel very luxurious, whereas darker and richer toned planks with texture can create a more rustic feel.
If you’re feeling brave you can even use blocks arranged in a herringbone pattern – if herringbone on the wall can work as a kitchen splashback then we think it can definitely work as a feature wall in a master bedroom!
As we said above, the floor isn’t the only place in the home that you can use wood. Another place to think about are the surfaces that don’t form the structure of your home.
Using wood as table tops is one of our favourite ways to use small batches of wood, but we also love the idea of using long beams for breakfast bars and kitchen islands.
The image below shows how thicker planks can be used on top of a kitchen island to create a natural feel. This example, which is of the kitchen area of our headquarter’s workspace in Cheshire, toughens up the look by mixing leather, metallics and rustic wall cladding.