Tuesday, March 31, 2009

How to add warmth to your home

























Maybe it's not so fashionable these days, but I still love the look of rough, battered, textured wood.
























I think a touch of wood can really 'ground' a room.

























I don't have a single room in my house that doesn't have something in warm, earthy wood.

























Painted furniture is popular, and I like that too, but I couldn't have everything painted, sometimes you have to let the true beauty of the wood shine through.



























I think wood looks particarly good teamed with white.


























Wood also looks fabulous teamed with other textures.


























I think the colour and texture of wood adds a warmth to a room like no other.


























Wood that is old, battered and scratched appeals to me most, for its sense of history.
























My favourite 'wood' picture.
























I like the raw, scrubbed sort of look as opposed to highly polished and glossly.


























Fashions come and go, but in my opinion, nothing makes a room look comforting and warm like wood.

Best wishes,

26 comments:

My name is PJ. said...

Boy, do our tastes overlap! I love wood too because it's texture adds warmth. I never pay attention to what's 'in', except to mostly avoid it in my living spaces. :) My favorite shots are the one with the round mirror and the one with the white hydrangeas (?) on the small chest of drawers. Nice photos, one and all. Are any of your house?

lily-g said...

what a fabulous post Cath and I agree timber adds so much warmth and character to a home. Just wanted to let you know you can buy your tea from Jones the grocer in the next few months, I contacted them direct and hopefully I will have the range in my store as well, thanks to you x

Amanda said...

I completely agree with you Catherine. There is nothing more beautiful than aged wood, that last image is my favourite.

I'll have to take a photo of my heirloom dresser one of these days..

x Amanda

Sparrow said...

love the images and totally agree with you. Thanks for posting! you've inspired me to "weather" our dining room table a bit.

Sparrow

Kristin said...

You are speaking my language! I love this look and it makes me feel warm every time I walk in the doors of my home and it is in a word, sleek and warm all at once. i love this post! Just pretty!

Claire Jackson said...

Divine images Catherine, love your look, and I totally agree with you. There's othing quite the interest, warmth and texture that wood creates throughout the seasons. Your home is divine. I look forward as always to your next post.
Best wishes, Claire

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Rachael said...

gorgeous post Catherine, I love wood too, and especially love it with white.

blueberries in the fields said...

very beautiful blog, i will come back for more inspiration !

Blair said...

Oh, I couldn't agree more! You found such lovely examples of all the styles that wood works with. I will definitley be looking back on them when I have my own home!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

I love the examples of wood furniture you chose. They're so warm and natural, and yet slightly refined. That last photo is still my favorite. The combo of black, white, silver against the natural wood is gorgeous.

Caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

Such a beautiful post, Catherine! I love the warmth of raw wood too. At home I have both, white painted and raw wood elements. I think they team beautifully together!
xoxo

Lauren said...

I couldn't agree more!!! I always feel a room needs something rough or raw in it!!

xoxo

Chrissy said...

Oh my ... what a lovely post, and I agree with you 100% warm wood makes a house feel like a home, I really like your blog!!! Chrissy

Miss Kris said...

Hi Catherine!

I am loving touches of earthy wood in a home! I really love the image of the knotty pine chest of drawers in the white wall, white floor room. Just Heavenly!!! I think I could just move in!!!

~Miss Kris~

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

I think you are right on every count. When everything is the same it can be boring, so I like to have painted pieces and rich wood pieces together. The neutral background makes it all pop. Beautiful photos.

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

This was a great post! So glad that I found your blog, it is wonderful!

MelsRosePlace said...

I love it too. I went through painting everything white but now i look at images like that and they really do add warmth and character to a home. I feel like revamping again. Mel xxx

mondo cherry said...

I think my favourite piece of wooden furniture would be a great big, well loved dining table. The more weathered, rustic and big the better.

Im glad Lily G found where you can buy your tea - might have to go get some myself!
Clare x

Jeana said...

I am glad I read this. I have a beautiful buffet I have been considering painting and now I know why I haven't been able to. I love the wood and finish and the photos you showed really made me realize it.

Millie said...

Oh you're so right here girl! When I met MOTH he came complete with a dowry, a wonderful old Campaign Chest with brass handles. A British Officer took it to all sorts of places, so it has the scratches, dents & patina of age. I run my fingers over them & think of all the adventures its experienced.
Millie ^_^

Lee said...

Catherine - I loved, loved, loved this post. I can think of nothing nicer to have in a home than beautiful worn, lived-in timber. I have a blanket box that's over 100 years old at the end of my bed & the more worn and battered it becomes the better it looks. I think it's really lovely that you have such wood pieces in every room of your home. Lee :)

viera said...

You are totally right. Warm colour of aged timber makes room so inviting. Its easy to mix with more contemporary pieces.
Last pick is just gorgeous.
XX
V

j u s t i m a g i n e said...

oooh love the last image.....lovely

Rachel James said...

Warm neutrals are so incredibly soothing and clean. BTW congratulations on the Washington Post nod!

mady dooijes said...

you' re so right about wood... your blog... so full of loveliness- thank you, feel inspired again!