Modern Materials: The New Way to Use Woods

Modern Materials: The New Way to Use Woods

Eleanor Büsing
Jul 15, 2015

Restaurant Den Burgh by Trendland

After years of nothing but shiny white laminate kitchens, there's been a strong resurgence of timber lately in cabinetry and other interior applications. But this is not the lacquered, yellow-toned pine of the past: the new woods are cool in tone, matte in texture, and utterly modern.

These days, anything washed-out, textured, aged, reclaimed, or strongly wood-grained looks fresh. From dusty blacks and pale greys to whitewashed shades and slightly "woodier" tones, feast your eyes on this timber inspiration.


  1. Andreas' Greektown Loft
  2. Design*Sponge
  3. Hullaannu & Hurmaannu by Krista Keltanen Photography
  4. Dwell
  5. Elle Decor UK, December 2009


  1. Jane & Dan's Multifunctional Live/Work Studio
  2. Restyle XL
  3. Förstberg Arkitektur och Formgivning
  4. HouseToHome
  5. Jeff & Joseph's Silver Lake Bungalow


  1. Obumex
  2. Norm.Architects
  3. Hess Hoen
  4. Alexandra & Eliot's 1890s Farmhouse
  5. Katharine & James' Glamorous Family Home in London


  1. Elle Decor UK, September 2014
  2. La Suite Sans Cravate
  3. Dwell
  4. The Graham & Co by Dreams + Jeans
  5. La Suite Sans Cravate

How do you feel about the trend toward matte, rustic-looking timber? Is it a passing fad or something with longevity?

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