“Life has become incredibly complicated, and homeowners are insisting that ‘at home’ means a return to simplicity,” says Curtis Wasmer, the founder of Built on the Rock Driftwood Decor located in Nashville, Tennessee. “Now, warm, easy-care, and no-fuss spaces and furnishings are the go-to choices.”
To Wasmer, the natural choice to achieve that streamlined aesthetic is wood. “Wood has the innate ability to bring us closer to nature—a coveted feeling that incorporates both warmth and simplicity,” Wasmer says. “Introducing wood pieces, regardless of the overall decor theme—rustic, industrial, or even contemporary—adds color, texture, and a natural feel that cannot otherwise be achieved.”
Indeed, some of the top home design trends this year include features that incorporate biophilic design, sustainability, and reuse. Tastemakers say natural materials are becoming popular again, which means wood elements and finishes are being used in surprising places—beyond just floors, great rooms, and living spaces.
Continue reading for ways to keep your clients’ homes current while leaning on wood’s restorative nature to give them the calm and peace they’re seeking today.