How to Choose the Right Wood for Your Home
Wooden furniture and fixtures in your home add something that other materials just can’t, but in order to get the full effect, you’ll need to think carefully about your home design wood choices. Depending on where the wood will be placed and what it will be used to build, some woods are better than others for certain pieces. We take a look at some top tips on choosing the right wood for your home here.
Availability, Sustainability, Cost
These are 3 main factors that are taken into consideration when choosing wood for your home. Once you have decided on the bespoke item you would like in your home where it will be placed, you’ll need to find wood that is available in South Africa, suitable for the requirement that you need it, and within your budget.
The area in which you live or in which the wood will be used is also an important factor to consider when choosing the right wood for your home, especially when it comes to doors, window frames and outdoor furniture. All wood swells when it absorbs water and shrinks again when it dries. Some woods handle this well whilst others don’t. Above this, If the moisture content in your area is above 20%, this often provides conditions that are conducive to fungal growth which can lead to dry rot. This is more of an issue at the coast, and why you’ll need to be more careful with your wood choice when you live near the sea.
Different woods are naturally born in different colours, and while they can be stained and washed, it is often easier to choose a wood in a natural colour that goes with the style and interiors of your home. Interior décor tastes can change over the years, so if you can choose a wood colour that can you can later adapt with a wash or a stain, you’ll give yourself the flexibility to “change your mind” if your interior tastes ever change. Another aspect to consider when it comes to colour is that the colour of the wood also influences the mood of a room, and lighter woods tend to add a light, airy and minimalistic feel to a space, while darker woods are warmer and create a cozy feel.
Home Design – Wood Choices : If you are looking to incorporate more wood into your home, whether it be furniture or joinery, be sure to contact our experts at Cubit. Not only will we be able to advise you on the best wood to use for your project, but we can source it and bring your woodwork dreams to life. Get in touch with us today to find out more.