There are a wide variety of aesthetics you can try to get your home to fit into. In recent years, minimalism has reigned supreme, with people opting for neutral colours, clever storage solutions, minimal clutter and very basic furniture and accessories. But now, more and more people are growing tired of this relatively sterile look and are, instead, looking for something a little more homely and comfortable. This is where the rustic aesthetic has seen a rise in popularity in recent years. The good news is that you don’t have to get the experts, professionals and specialists in to give your home a rustic makeover. Instead, it’s something that you can achieve pretty simply yourself – just by incorporating reclaimed wood into your property, maybe adding some secondhand pieces too. Here’s a little more information on this material and how you can use it.
What is Reclaimed Wood?
Put simply, “reclaimed wood” is simply reused or recycled wood. This is positive though. Not only is it eco friendly (as it doesn’t contribute to further deforestation and habitat destruction) but it also has a past and story behind it, which can give it a little character and make for a great conversation piece! It can date back as far as the eighteenth century. If this sounds great to you and you’re ready to start using reclaimed wood to achieve the perfect rustic feel in your home, just make sure you don’t mix reclaimed wood up with salvaged wood. Salvaged wood is just wood that has been cut and then stored for several years.
Ways to Use Reclaimed Wood
There are so many different ways you can work reclaimed wood into your home. Some changes you might make can be small. Some can be more major. Here are just a few you might want to try out yourself.
Reclaimed Wood Shelves
Perhaps the easiest way to add a rustic touch to your home is to put up some reclaimed wood shelves. You can purchase reclaimed wood that has already been made into Scaffold Board Shelves, then carefully follow an online tutorial on how to mount shelves at home yourself. If possible, invest in an electric screwdriver, which will make this process much more simple. If you want to go all out, you can source your own reclaimed wood, cut it into the right size for the shelves you want, attach mounts and then put the shelves up yourself.
Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Reclaimed wood can make great flooring, you just need to make sure that the planks you buy or cut are all equal and will fit your room before attempting to lay them down. This, of course, is a bigger financial investment and will require a lot more time. But all in all, it will make such a difference to the room that it’ll be more than worth your time and effort.
These are just a few ways to give your home a rustic feel independently. Reclaimed wood really is a great investment. Not only will it look great, but it can last for years to come too!