As much as I love ‘clean’ furniture at the moment, there’s still that draw to wooden pieces. There’s something about all kinds of wood that have timeless appeal; not forgetting that they’re incredibly robust, are usually well made and are seen as investment pieces. They’re the things around the house that will have character ingrained upon them by you and the ones that live in your home – most probably the kids with their pens. One of my favourite types of wood is oak.
Oak is incredibly popular and isn’t showing signs of going out of fashion any time soon. It’s perfect for around the house as it’s solid and hard wearing. It’s particularly well known for having stunning open wood grain markings and it comes in two shades; white oak, which is quite light and grey/brown in colour or there’s red oak which has a reddish tint. Either way, there’s a place in everyone’s home for some good, solid, oak wood furniture.
Here are a few of the best ways to incorporate oak into your home, and some of them might surprise you!
Make A Statement With An Oak Front Door
Why wait until you’re inside to show off the ‘wow’ factor of your house? Wooden doors alone have a lot of appeal but a solid oak door has that attractive grain and is beautifully traditional.
I think a good oak door can really make a statement whether they’re stained, painted or just varnished. They give your house character and I find they’re much more inviting than a plain plastic door.
Bare An Oak Frame
People are getting extensions and are putting in oak frames and leaving them exposed; it’s very ‘hot right now’ and is increasingly popular. I totally get the appeal though. They open up a room and bring a period style feature to what is otherwise a relatively new house.
These frames are becoming sought after by buyers and so, in turn, tend to be increasing the value of houses at the moment. It’s a particularly robust form of construction but it’s also eco-friendly and full of character.
Dine In Style
As a mum of two little ones who like to get super messy at the dinner table it’s really important for us that we invest in a good dining table and chairs. Oak is a great choice for us because it’s solid, robust and already has lots of character.
Not only do we need to consider the longevity of the set but I find that it’s incredibly versatile when it comes to aesthetics. There are different shades of the wood and it can always be painted. I think this really allows your table to grow with you as if your tastes changed you can always alter the look of the wood with a bit of upcycling or handiwork. It also means you can help it settle into any new surrounding should you choose to decorate.
A Chunky Oak Fire Surround
I am really lucky to have an incredibly dreamy fireplace already but if I could add another one to our house it’d definitely be one with an oak surround. Not only are wooden fireplaces a classic and elegant feature in any home but I find that oak is incredibly warm, homely and inviting; they’re not just for country-style homes either.
Fireplaces can really command attention in a room and people have been even been known to start putting them in their kitchens because they offer a soft medium between harsh marble or brick. I love the way oak gives you these bold, clean lines or a rustic curve depending on how the wood has been cut and they work out so much better value for money over stone or marble.
Pick Up A Paint Brush
As I’ve mentioned throughout this post there is nothing wrong with getting your paint on. Upcycling has rocketed in the last few years and I think if you have a piece of furniture that you love, but isn’t right for your home then you can always make do and mend.
There are lots of paints on the market that will allow you to overhaul a piece of furniture, oak or otherwise, with minimal effort and a tin of paint will inevitably cost much less than a whole new piece of furniture. If you don’t like it you can always sand it off and do something else!
Do you have any oak in your house? Is there a piece of furniture that you’ve been lusting after? Would you love an oak front door?
*This is a collaborative post.