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Keeping it rough for a natural beauty

By | May 6th 2010
By | May 6th 2010

By Pocyline Karani

New trends in designing wooden furniture pieces seem to favour the antique rustic look, creating classical with rugged natural and raw beautiful finishes.

You may have seen them being chiselled away by some gifted persons by the roadside but more professionals carpenters are now investing heavily in handmade furniture, taking antique lovers’ market by storm. With the intention of achieving a more fun look, spiced up with a stint of modern style and some form of authentic conservatism, the world of wooden furniture is mesmerising.

Crafted wood

Indeed, creative furniture makers are moving away from the glossy Formica finish to more traditional rough pieces, a style of carving that is heavily influenced by rich cultural and religious traditions of the African who had no proper tools to produce

Creative furniture makers are moving away from the glossy Formica finish to more traditional rough pieces. [photoS: MARTIN MUKANGU /Standard]

smooth finishes. Commonly referred to as traditional furniture, they are characterised by textured wood graining, a natural look coated with a preservative solution, rough groves and even jutting sections as part of the design to retain its novel look.

Choosing such furniture will mean altering a few aspects of your room in order to achieve a complete look. However, if you want to go full throttle you could opt for a ‘craftsman’ style home, which embraces two key pillars — simplicity and useful design elements.

To comfortably work with natural crafted wood pieces, you many need to consider an open floor plan that will invite the use of wooden sofas, detailed cabinetry, columns and exposed beams to showcase the detailed woodwork infused throughout these types of designs. When decorating a craftsman home, it’s important to preserve the natural architectural appeal as you add your distinct style choices.

However, avoid the risk of having too much of the natural looking pieces for it will defeat the essence of modernity. Buy wooden writing tables and install an oak rocking chair to accentuate the style of your home.

Lighting elements are critical in craftsman style homes. Only lighting that features beige coloured glass and metal details will blend well with the theme.

However, blending between modern and antique pieces to create a distinct look for your home is most important. For the rest of items in the home, go for a natural colour palette. Traditional wooden houses were constructed from local natural materials and since we are borrowing from this, then it will mean using colours like green, beige, and brown to accentuate the natural beauty of the home.

By all means avoid bright colours and busy patterns. Do not paint any woodwork within the structure of the house to avoid concealing the natural quality of the building material. Hang paintings that feature natural settings such as forest and mountain sceneries to bring the room together. Add hand-woven pillows and throw rugs to maintain a casual, functional appearance.

Dried plants

For the windows, add wooden shades and blinds but if you are opting for curtains, choose bold coloured curtains that will contrast the natural paintings and decorative accents.

Use wooden, straw woven or bamboo as tablemats. Crown your efforts by introducing dried plants or you could also have live plants like miniature cactus, staying away from large plants.

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