7 Reason to Add Wood Accents to a Home
As we look for greener more sustainable options for our homes, people are taking advantage of the sustainability and beauty of natural wood accents and accessories.
In a world that is filled with fake materials that replicate the real thing and manufactured items that are anything but natural, wood continues to be one of the most popular materials whether it is building a sustainable home, making furniture, or for accent pieces for the home.
Consistently trendy year after year, wood is an environmental-friendly, sustainable material (when harvested per FSC guidelines, that offers function, form and beauty in all its forms.
When building or decorating a home, especially when looking for greener alternatives, using timber and wood is high on the list of priorities for reducing one's carbon footprint. But more than that, there is no other single material that is so versatile yet durable and that can be used in so many different ways. From solid wood floors to high-end furniture and accessories, wood that is sustainably harvested is the absolute eco-friendly alternative and there are many reasons for adding wood into your home decor.
1. 100% Organic and Recyclable
Salvaged timber and wood has become one of the hottest trends of the decade as people look for reclaimed timber in all its many forms to use for projects in their home. A prime example of this is the use of reclaimed wood pallets for making furniture and accessories. And when used with care and attention to detail, wood furniture offers a natural beauty that is full of character and can be treasured for many years and only becomes more beautiful with age.
As a material that can last a lifetime, wood is the ultimate recyclable material that can be reused and repurposed over and over again. Making use of this natural resource means that far less manufactured or toxic products end up on our dumps - materials that take years to degrade. Any waste produced is 100 per cent biodegradable and will eventually decompose and break down.
2. Lasting a Lifetime
Timber is considered one of our most renewable sources of energy, and the strength and durability of this resource can be seen in the many antique and heirloom pieces that are still around today. When treated with care and maintained regularly in accordance with species or type of wood, it is a material that lasts a lifetime. Take into consideration that the lifetime of a single tree - cut into timber - and that lasts up to 100 years, means that less energy is used to product synthetically manufactured products.
3. Renewable Resource
We have already mentioned that timber or wood is a renewable resource, but what this means is that it has less impact on our fragile environment. The timber we use is grown and harvested according to Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] regulations - and international organisation that regulates the responsible management and use of the world's forests.
4. No Waste and Biodegradable
When trees are harvested from FSC-managed forests, very little goes to waste. Trees are cut and shaped into logs for furniture manufacture and DIY applications, any waste goes into the manufacture of board products such as OSB, plywood, chipboard and SupaWood, with any remaining waste being broken down and incorporated back into the ground.
5. Trees Harbor Carbon Dioxide
It is a well-researched fact that trees reduce carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, which ultimately reduces the overall carbon footprint of timber and enhancing its eco-friendly popularity. "Wood can be considered as the only 100 per cent sustainable material used for building, and for every cubic metre of wood used in building construction, about one tonne of carbon dioxide is saved," said Iain McIlwee of the British Woodworking Federation,
6. Good for your Home and your Health
Surrounding yourself with the beauty of natural wood as opposed to manufactured materials with high chemical content, has shown to lower anxiety levels. A leading psychologist has said that wood symbolises nature and this brings about a calming effect that helps lower stress levels. Introducing wood elements into your home would have a similar effect, which means that wood is not only a good choice for furniture but also your health.
7. Affordable and Easy to Work With
For the DIY enthusiast and carpenter, wood is the preferred material of choice when it comes to making furniture. From chipboard boards to planed planks, wood offers an affordable and sustainable method for making beautiful furniture and accessories, as well as adding warmth and character to a home when used for cladding, ceiling beams and flooring.