A timeless aesthetic bringing a bit of the outside in, wood never goes out of fashion – it’s been in style since style became a thing.
Of course, ‘wood’ is a broad term. Some trends, such as 70s wood panelling, have lost their lustre in the home design world, but there’s a particularly bold aesthetic which has stood the test of time: dark wood. And it’s coming to the fore, having been named one of Ideal Homes’ home décor trends for 2018.
Whether a naturally dark wood – walnut, mahogany, cherry, rosewood, teak – or any treated hardwood, such as oak, there’s all sorts of ways you can incorporate the dramatically-dark into your home.
Dark wood flooring
Nothing makes a bigger statement than an expanse of dark wood at your feet. It brings a swathe of glamour to a space, especially when paired with other interior trends for 2018: rich pigments and metallic accents.
But beware! A mass of dark colour in a room can be tricky. It should be carefully balanced with lighter-coloured walls, and broken up by rugs or furniture to avoid making the room appear gloomy.
You need to be particularly careful in small spaces, although dark woods can be used towards achieving a cosier feel, for example, in a reading room.
Dark wood furniture
Eliciting the stately splendour of a Victorian parlour, dark wood furniture can be a more accessible way to incorporate that sought-after style into your spaces.
From modern pieces with clean lines, to heirloom, retro and upcycled, darkened furniture that look a little more pre-loved, dark furniture can create a pleasing contrast – especially against white walls with accents from artwork or textiles. The key is balance; you don’t want it to look too stark against everything else.
Think outside the box
There’s other creative ways to use dark woods, such as wooden feature walls. 70s panelling this is not – think shiplap panelling, or a scrapwood wall that can tie together a shabby-chic theme.
Dark wood kitchen worktops provide a tempting alternative to marble or granite, softening a modern kitchen with a rustic charm. It will need bi-annual treatment, but is worth additional maintenance for the beautiful aged quality that comes with time.
Timeless and stately, bold but easier to achieve than you think – will you give 2018’s dark wood glamour a go?