If You Could Only Dance On That Ceiling

ProSource | 11/17/2016 | Project Tips

We’re used to seeing them on dance floors and gym floors… and even home floors. Now more and more wood plank floors are appearing in a new location: the ceiling.

Why Wood Is Moving Up (literally)

“Designers are drawn to wood for use in interior finishes because of its natural beauty and design versatility,” states interior designer Brian Patrick Flynn. This includes the “fifth wall,” which is gaining architectural interest through the addition of wood planking. These are not ceilings intended to fade from view; they actively enhance spaces with added warmth, color and style.

Wood offers practical benefits as well. The website smalldesignideas.com touts its natural thermal and sound insulating abilities. And if all of these advantages aren’t enough, wood also offers the versatility of variety. With so many styles and species to choose from, you can find the perfect match for any project and budget.

Where Do Wood Ceilings Work Best? 

Wood ceilings are right at home in any room. Because of the wide range of species available, wood can elevate the look of a rustic kitchen, a modern dining room or even an exotic spa bathroom. No matter what type of flooring you choose, a well-chosen wood ceiling can be a perfect counterpart. 

The durability of wood also allows it to thrive in areas where drywall might falter, such as outdoor spaces or spaces that experience greater moisture. “Wood ceilings are far sturdier than most alternatives,” affirms Dmitri Hara of Fantastic Handyman, a London-based home repair and renovation company. He adds, “As a handyman, I can tell you wood plank ceilings are far simpler to mount and less messy compared to drywall.” 

Going With The Grain – How To Choose The Right Wood 

The key to success is to select a wood species that matches the room’s climate as well as décor. For example, The Hardwood Council recommends these more moisture-stable North American hardwood species for areas that experience greater humidity, such as bathrooms and porches:

  1. Oak
  2. Maple
  3. Cherry
  4. Ash
  5. Walnut
  6. Hickory 

It’s also important to consider the décor of the area, as well as any other wood surfaces or trim. Two pieces of advice from homedit.com: If a room already has a wood floor, choosing a similar type of wood and/or stain for the ceiling will help achieve a cohesive look. If one or more walls are clad with wood, bringing that wood to your ceiling will help erase the boundary between those surfaces, giving your room a more expansive look.

When comparing hardwood options, consider the personality of the project area. For example, a planked wood ceiling created from hardwood such as Baroque Natural Engineered Hickory Sierra from ProSource Wholesale is a perfect fit for a more casual space. The natural texture and grain of this more rustic wood species adds comforting warmth, creating a welcoming area to gather, share and enjoy. 

For a more modern space, a hardwood variety with less grain such as Avienda Natural Engineered African Mahogany Kiara complements a contemporary vibe with streamlined elegance and serenity. 

For a more traditional space, some homeowners opt to have their wood ceilings painted. This “quiets” the presence of the wood, while still allowing some of the texture to shine through.

A product specialist at your local ProSource Wholesale Showroom can help guide you to the best wood plank products to complete your renovation project.  Before you visit a showroom, start your project by finding inspiration at prosourcewholesale.com. By taking these smart steps, you can enhance your project with a crowning touch that will create a spectacular new space in your home. 

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