An essential element of the Australian home – whether traditional or contemporary – wood is rightly celebrated for its beauty, versatility and durability. These qualities have enticed architects, builders, interior designers and homeowners to embrace the warm, natural tones of wood in increasingly bold ways. Where wood used to be used only for internal structures such as floors, furniture or cabinets, it is now becoming a prominent feature in the exterior and interior design of houses.
Highlighting natural wood as a defining feature of home architecture this year, we bring you the top 5 wood design trends of 2022.
The top 5 wood design trends for 2022
Wood design trend #1 Natural connection
Connecting with nature by hiking through the local bushland or forestry, making your surroundings come alive and seeming to breathe with every rustle of the leaves is guaranteed to leave you happy. Biophilia is rooted in man’s closeness to nature. In 2022, we see the rise of biophilic design — the practice of connecting people and nature in our built environment — as homeowners invite the outside environment in. Wood’s unmatched ability to offer a natural aesthetic and an immediate connection with nature that instills a sense of well-being is expected to increase its popularity in interior and exterior designs.
Timber Design Trend #2 Curved attractiveness
In every work of art there is an appreciation for curves that reflect the organic forms of nature. Curved shapes are currently experiencing a renaissance in residential architecture. Alluring to the eye and adding a softness and elegance to the exterior or interior of a home, we predict that the newfound obsession with curved surfaces, and curved wood surfaces in particular, will continue. From rounded, paneled bezels and curved edges on kitchen benches and wooden interior walls to wooden arches, doors and windows, we’ve only just seen the beginning of this trend.
Timber Design Trend #3 Wood panels and patterns
Horizontal patterns and symmetrical vertical panels are passé. In 2022, we expect architects to think outside the box and use varying timber widths and uneven spacing to create unique patterns and configurations. In 2021, many award-winning homes heralded significant innovations in the use of wood in residential architecture as large expanses of contemporary homes were clad in natural wood. We expect 2022 to take this even further, when clad Australian hardwood facades will wrap around the home and garage doors will be ornately clad. Inside, paneled wood walls and ceilings, room dividers, and solid wood beams evoke a mid-century modern vibe.
Timber Design Trend #4 Holiday-at-Home Outdoor Living Spaces
Outdoor living spaces are a hallmark of Australian architecture, as we know from the classic ‘porch out the back’. With COVID lockdowns, travel restrictions and many working from home, Aussies are investing to make their everyday homes feel like a vacation destination. From expansive entertaining areas with stunning outdoor kitchens, decking and pool areas, to seating areas and wood paneled garden studios/home offices, we make our homes our sanctuaries. Whether chasing the high-end lifestyle or simply serving function, wood remains the number one choice to take you from home to vacation.
Timber Design Trend #5 wood tones
Whether you’re building for the first time or renovating your current home, natural wood tones are trending. As we strive to create stronger connections with our environment, we prefer nature’s rich palette of colors. In addition to the more traditional warm, honey and red tones, a variety of light to dark, washed-out gray to almost black tones are increasingly appearing. Rather than being limited to a small selection of wood tones, our unbridled passion for exploring the full spectrum of wood colors drives us to find the perfect match for a design aesthetic, a place and a lifestyle.
If you are building, renovating or simply revitalizing the wood elements of your home in 2022, we would love to speak to you, your architect or builder about how CUTEK can be used in your project to maintain the beauty of your home and preserve the wood.