Wooden elements are a common choice for introducing a touch of Scandinavian vibes. Wood comes in numerous colours, textures and styles to choose among. Anyone seeking to add wooden elements to their home can choose among, hardwood parquet, veneer, laminate, vinyl or homogenous tiles that are incredibly realistic. Wooden panelling, furniture and décor elements are also readily available. These are some of the reasons why wood and wood-alike materials rank among the most popular choices in Singapore.
Types of Wood
Laminate is a very popular, budget-friendly choice. It is made of plastic that replicates the feel of a hardwood floor. Some people find laminate easier to maintain, which adds some perks on top of the affordable nature of the material. A man-made solution, laminate is often scratch and heat-resistant and it can feature an array of cool finishes not possible with natural wood.
Parquet is usually made from solid wood. It tends to be a more expensive solution but the appearance and the finish are very long-lived. Waxes and adhesives are used to hold these materials together, giving engineered wood water resistance. Hence, it looks like actual hardwood floors but it happens to be much less expensive.
Similar to laminate, vinyl wood is manmade that’s very versatile and that can be printed to look like natural wood. Vinyl is affordable and very durable, plus it offers easy maintenance.
Style and Diversity Through Wooden Element Selection
Wooden elements can be used to highlight the beauty of just about every room. Yes, even the bathroom can benefit from the warm sophistication of wood.
Practical Uses of Wood
Wooden flooring is a classic choice that is very common and that looks beautiful every single time. We used a hardwood parquet at this River Valley Condo. Keep in mind that hardwood floors aren’t chosen just because of aesthetics. They also offer noise absorption and some insulation, making the home more comfortable and sustainable.
Speaking of bathroom applications, here’s one really cool example. Parts of the walls and some of the flooring are crafted from water-resistant laminate and wood-resembling tiles. The tiles aren’t too common, especially when it comes to bathroom use. As you can see from this project, however, the outcome can look really beautiful, especially in combination with stone and porcelain.
Next, we need to point out one truly classic use of wood – kitchen cabinetry. In this instance, however, we didn’t opt for hardwood. We chose a beautiful laminate that is both waterproof and scratch-resistant. Anyone who is a culinary connoisseur knows that kitchens often promote heavy-duty use. This is one of the main reasons why modern, manmade materials can be an excellent choice. They offer the best of both worlds – the beauty of wood and the practical appeal of synthetic materials.
Wood as Calming Elements
Study rooms and home offices provide excellent opportunities for the incorporation of wooden materials. This room uses light tones to increase the brightness of the study and create an environment conductive of productivity. Such studies are becoming more demanded than ever before, as the world is moving towards hybrid work models that involve work from home arrangements at least a portion of the time.
All of these incorporate wood in beautiful and stylish ways, giving the homeowner the biggest benefits that the material has to bring.
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