The history of timber stretches back thousands of years to when humans first began using wood to build shelters. These days the design and use of the timber has come a long way, but the feeling it provides can be said to have remained unchanged.
Timber brings a warm feel to the home and can also provide a sense of connection to nature. In 2020, this is more relevant than ever as sustainability and human health are top of mind. Many builders and architects have been looking for ways to introduce materials that not only provide the natural feel, but are actually good for our environment.
As the use of timber for residential and commercial continues to grow, we thought we’d look at some of the trending ways timber is being using in 2020.
People are loving the look of vertically aligned timber batten facades. This is mostly due to a search for more raw and natural building materials. Often used alongside other exposed building materials such as brick and concrete, timber cladding can suit nearly any design style.
Popular Australian wood species used for timber cladding include Blackbutt and Spotted Gum. They can also be aligned vertically or horizontally depending on your design.
There are also a number of environmental benefits to timber cladding including the production process of timber using very few non-renewable resources. Being recyclable, timber adds another element of sustainability to the construction. Also, the insulation properties help to reduce the energy consumption of your home.
As clients seek to create a natural look in their home, timber furniture products have been a go to. Pieces including timber benchtops, cabinets, desks and chairs have been growing in popularity amongst designers.
Timber is also a great option for outdoor furniture to create a space that connects with nature. With timbers coming a variety of tones, you will be able to match this to the style of your outdoor space.
Light Timber Flooring
Many designers looking to achieve an Australian contemporary style are turning to light timber flooring. Species such as American or European Oak are popular when it comes to achieving this look.
Pairing light coloured timber floors with bold forms, modern furniture and minimalist styling has really taken off. One of our recent projects by Matyas Architects followed this style and has received a tonne of recognition, even being featured on the front of Domain magazine.
Flowing Timber from Floor to Benchtop
Many designers are choosing to match their timber floors to aspects of the benchtop. This gives the home a more rustic look and is usually complemented by lighter colours.
Maybe you’re looking to achieve the look of timber floors with a white kitchen benchtop. Make this transition seamless by matching your joinery to your floors.
As cities grow bigger and the lust for a connection to nature increases. Architects and designers are going to have to find even more ways to incorporate natural products such as timber in their projects.
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