Simple & Stylish Ways to Use Reclaimed Wood Throughout Your Home

Bring character into every room with the unique beauty and eco-friendly charm of reclaimed wood.

By Kate De Palma


Reclaimed wood is a lovely, eco-conscious, often economical option for adding a unique touch to any part of your house design or décor. By using recycled building materials like used lumber and old hardwood, you can save new trees from being cut down while giving new life to pieces of barns, fences, and warehouses that have perhaps outlived their ability to stand on their own anymore. Plus, you’ll be bringing into your home a lot of character that you may not be able to find in new wood.


From redwood to cedar, teak to exotic hardwood, reclaimed wood doesn’t limit your options, but it may take some time to hunt down exactly what you want. But if you’re willing to put in the time – and know where to look – you’ll be able to find one-of-a-kind, beautiful pieces that will make your home décor as unique and stylish as you’re.


Let’s Start in Your Home’s Heart: The Kitchen

If you’re looking for kitchen design ideas, reclaimed wood is a fabulous option to explore. You may not think there’s room for reclaimed wood in your kitchen, but there are plenty of ways to incorporate it into your kitchen design. (Note: Before bringing any wood into your home, make sure you know its origin and any possible chemical treatments it may have received.) Go big with reclaimed barn wood cabinets or an island decked out with beautiful reclaimed countertops. Or, keep it small with an upcycled wood cutting board for the home chef or a reclaimed mug rack for your coffee bar.




Heading into the Dining Room

A large reclaimed wooden table and bench set will make a stunning centerpiece to any dining room while a reclaimed wooden sideboard may be the missing piece you’ve been looking for. If you’re not ready for that kind of investment, bring some reclaimed wood décor into the room with handmade signs painted on pieces of re-used wood.




Adjourning to the Living Room

End tables. Coffee table. Shelving. Pretty much any part of your living room interior design is the perfect opportunity to go reclaimed. Or, if you’re looking to give your fireplace a facelift, deck it out with a reclaimed wood mantel or surround wood left unfinished for a rustic look or painted white for a country cottage look. It’ll easily become the focal point of your room unless you want another piece to steal the show — like a reclaimed statement clock that perfectly mixes gorgeous and functional.




Hanging Out in the Bathroom

If you’re looking for bathroom ideas, look no further. Reclaimed wood is the perfect accent for any bathroom because of the character, texture, and stylish contrast it brings to a room otherwise full of smooth tile and porcelain. You can easily create an entire statement wall made out of wood pieces of varying sizes and colors – an optimal way to add character to a small bathroom without taking up space. Or, build upon your beach house vibes with colorful hand-painted wooden signs in fun shapes like seabirds, whales, and maybe even a mermaid.




Spending Some Time in the Kids’ Room

You can even bring reclaimed wood into your child’s bedroom or play area with a pint-sized table and chairs set, a storage bench perfect for putting away toys, or even a reclaimed dollhouse if you’re feeling really ambitious. Paint these pieces with brightly colored shapes and designs for a whimsical take on the otherwise rustic nature of upcycled wood.




Heading Out for the Day

Your home’s entryway shouldn’t be left out. The entryway can sport a reclaimed entry table, storage bench, or umbrella holder. Since this small area of your home is the perfect place to mix style and functionality, make each piece work for you – like this reclaimed wood shoe rack that will keep your family’s shoes neat, tidy, and all in one place.




Whether you’re looking to go rustic or cottage chic, industrial or contemporary, liven up your interior design with reclaimed wooden pieces. Not only will they look great, but you’ll feel good about them too.


How have you used reclaimed wood in your interior design? Tell us about it in the comments below!


Images used with permission, courtesy of Kate De Palma

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