The pandemic forced people to spend more time at home than ever before last year. What people found was that they wanted to create a space filled with light and texture, something they can do by using natural materials and lighter wood tones.
Lightwoods can open up a room and make everything feel bigger and lighter. Lighter wood tones don’t absorb as much light as darker woods and don’t take away from surrounding accent pieces. This holds especially true with flooring. Less weight on the floor means the eye is drawn upward, making the space feel more open and airy. This carries over into furniture as well.
Lightwoods create a sense of serenity, something we could all use a little more of in light of the past year. The use of contrasting colors on walls and accents creates visual harmony making a room feel more peaceful and more extensive. Light floors and surfaces make life a little bit easier by camouflaging dust, pet hair, and scratches.
Natural wood provides plenty of texture which you can use to create interesting designs, herringbone, chevron, and basket-weave parquet, to name a few. Take advantage of the natural grain that is more visible in lighter wood, which brings in a strong sense of nature for an indoor-outdoor feel.
Think contrast when selecting colors and design features. Brick offers a contrasting texture that complements the smoothness of lighter woods. Natural fiber floor coverings break up the monotony and soften things up a bit. If you feel like there’s just too much wood, add some color to the walls – anything from pastels to dark rich colors.
When building a new home, consider the sustainable home design. Passage Island Construction can help you make the best choices for your family and the environment.