If you’re planning an interior redesign that’s classic and characterful, there’s no better material than oak. With the prices of antique wooden furniture low, and retro and vintage in vogue, it’s never been easier to restore stunning wood grains for a naturally beautifully interior.
Reclaimed oak beams are the perfect starting point. Arriving fresh from a farm house in France or a barn in the English countryside, this aged timber is a versatile building block for any number of features: from shelving to stair slats. Alternatively, make the timber the centrepiece by using it as the raw material for a kitchen breakfast bar, large dining table or elaborate headboard for a unique talking point.
For a more controlled look, while retaining the unique grain of the wood, you might consider air dried oak beams for structural elements like ceiling supports, floorboards or door frames.
Once you’ve decided where to deploy the wood, it’s time to consider the finish. That means the way you treat the wood, and the unique vintage and antique pieces you pair it with.
If you like your oak sawn, belt sanded, with nice chamfered edges and finished to shine, a ’50s G-Plan and Ercol look is for you. Small, stylish telephone tables and chairs with tapered wooden legs and a balanced geometric design can deliver controlled curves and attention to detail. Look out for bargain furnishings with tatty, original upholstery, as the wear and tear on the right materials adds patina and charm. Even cracked leather can be saved with a little leather conditioner.
For a more rustic feel, oiled oak with a matt finish for your beams and floorboards will perfectly frame a nice Victorian sideboard or kitchen cabinet. If you have a large country kitchen, you can pick up a large, original piece for surprisingly reasonable prices from auction houses and antique centres. Brighten up varnished examples with a quick sand down and oil, for a natural look, or a coat of light pastel paint to allow the grain to shine through.
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