Achieving a certain design aesthetic requires that you utilize the construction materials best suited for the job. Certain materials evoke certain emotions and understanding this interplay between natural materials and the mind's emotional response will allow you to design a home that is appealing.
Modern architecture is popular among chic, urban dwellers, but homes with a modern design can be cold and institutional. Using wood in the following unique ways will help you soften your modern home in order to achieve a comfortable, yet trendy aesthetic.
1. Add a wood ceiling.
Wood floors can add significant value to a property, but these floors can seem out of place in a modern home. If you are hoping to soften the look of a modern room, the flipping a traditional design on its head might be beneficial.
Consider adding wood planks to the ceiling instead of the floor. The wood panels will create visual interest that draws the eye upward and helps soften corners and warm up concrete walls. Your material supplier will be able to recommend wood species that will allow you to create a wood ceiling that blends into your modern home's color palette.
2. Create a wood tile feature wall.
Many modern homes have tall ceilings. This added vertical space creates massive walls, and transforming a feature wall into a focal piece using wood tiles can be a great option for softening your modern home. Wood tiles help mirror the angular geometry of your modern home while introducing a natural element that can soften the space.
Wood tiles can be purchased in varying stains and finishes, so working closely with your construction material supplier is recommended to help you create the visual appeal you are looking for as you blend these wood tiles on a feature wall in your home.
3. Use wood to encase your bathtub.
Creating a sleek and modern bathroom can be challenging. Since modern homes are characterized by clean lines and simple design, opting to encase your bathtub in wood veneer can be beneficial. A veneer in a dark stain will help mask the stark whiteness of your bathtub, leaving the tub functional while helping it blend into the room.
Installing cabinets made from the same dark-stained wood as the veneer ensures that your bathroom will retain its modern appeal. Your construction material supplier will be able to help you select a wood whose grain pattern will soften your modern bathroom while being able to withstand exposure to water.