Being one of the most hard-wearing and robust woods you can get, the use of oak within the home is a great idea – especially family home where you can’t be so precious about your belongings. Oak doesn’t damage very easily and there are some reall modern ways you can incorporate it, especially if “traditional country chic” isn’t your bag.
I love the rustic element of having real oak beams, especially in a new build property, but if you’re like me and are stuck with a boring old flat roof above your head then fear not, there are plenty of other ways you can utilise this light, durable wood in your current space.
A solid oak sideboard, for example, can give a room a contemporary edge when set against a dark wall with some cleverly place pieces of decoration. The key here, as seen above, is to keep it as minimal as possible – as lovely as that family photo is, move it somewhere else and keep the top of the sideboard relatively simple.
I absolutely love the use of oak in the Scandinavian property above. The openness of the kitchen keeps it light and fresh, with the central island providing storage a ’plenty. And it would give me a pretty good reason to invest in brand new crockery, especially if it was always on show.
Another way of incorporating wood into the home in a modern way is to invest in internal doors. A sliding barn door, for example, works really well with clean lines and white walls. An oak staircase, meanwhile, doesn’t always have to be traditional – how cool does this entrance wall look with the blend of concrete, slate and oak?
Which brings me on to contrasting materials. I’d never usually consider oak for the bathroom, but when you team it with Moroccan-inspired tiles like the image below, it shows how versatile this product really is, and it looks so far removed from its more traditional use in the home.
When considering wooden furniture, long-lasting oak should definitely be a key consideration, especially with its unique grain pattern. Although obviously no-one would turn down a beautiful oak coffee table, this wood definitely suits heavier, larger pieces of furniture such as a dining table or bed.
If you’re on the hunt for oak furniture yourself, then I’d recommend taking a look at British furniture specialist Quercus Living which offers beautiful pieces of crafted oak, from bed frames through to sideboards, consoles and dressing tables. And with a great sale on at the moment, it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking to invest in new furniture for your home, while still keeping an eye on your finances. Plus they have completely free delivery which is always a big bonus in my book
Are you a fan of using oak in the home? Are there any styles here that catches your eye? The Scandi-kitchen above is definitely a décor design I’d love to recreate in my own home one day.
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