There are certain trends that take off and inundate the design world. The last year has seen an explosion of people using pallets for reclaimed wood projects. This type of design was once thought of in relationship to cabin or rustic living, but the trend has surpassed style limits. Reclaimed wood can be found in a multitude of colors and finishes. Local salvage yards are a great place to start looking for your wood. If you want more consistency you can look to the flooring department of your local home improvement store. There are many types of wood flooring options that can be used to create a wood feature wall or can be applied to the ceiling for added interest in a space. If you are environmentally conscious using reclaimed wood is a good option because it is being re-purposed or you can go with a bamboo flooring that is sustainable.
Pairing wood with modern furnishings adds a textural element to a design style that can tend to read cold. Think of using a dark, warm wood tone to contrast metal finishes and hard lines. Whitewashing wood can add a lighter textural element that will read more cottage instead of playing to the modern style. You can also run the wood vertically to give more height to the room instead of going with the traditional horizontal layout.
When adding wood to a space, you do not need to cover all the walls and feel like you have traveled back into the era of seventies wood paneling. Instead choose a feature wall where you can apply the wood. You can use it to highlight a fireplace or use it as a feature wall behind a bed. You can use it as a backdrop to a modern art collection. The possibilities for adding the textural element of reclaimed wood are endless. For a tutorial on how to add your own wood wall element to your home check out Raechel Myers' blog.