ProSource | 6/6/2017 | Project Tips
You really can’t go wrong with beloved natural materials like wood, glass, and stone. With every improvement you make, consider incorporating at least one of these timeless elements.
Australian architect Alex de Rijke said, “The 18th century was about brick, the 19th about steel, the 20th about concrete, and the 21st century is about wood.”
Wood can serve not only as the primary construction of a home (have you heard about cross-laminated timber, aka CLT?) but also as a major player of the interior design scheme.
“Wood: Housing, Health, Humanity,” a study by Planet Ark, found that being surrounded by wood in the home has positive effects on the body and the brain. And since most people spend most of majority of their time indoors, it makes sense to incorporate wood into both the structure and design of a living space.
Designer trade pro member Chris M. with ProSource of Irmo used wood on walls, floors, cabinetry, furniture, and beyond to create a rustic retreat that’s more spa-like than log cabin. Opting to renovate with wood is just the first decision. Should you use solid or engineered hardwoods? Do you envision light, medium, or dark wood tones (or, a breathtaking blend of finishes as featured here)? Would a smooth, sawn, or scraped wood look best?
And we haven’t even considered the variety of species available: acacia, bamboo, birch, cherry, elm, hickory, mahogany, maple, oak, walnut… ProSource Showrooms have a forest of options from which to choose – all pleasing to the eye and warm to the touch.
Another straight-from-nature design element is stone. The unique textures of stone can deliver natural, earthy vibes or intense, urban appeal. It pairs beautifully with wood as well as synthetic building materials. Stone provides outstanding sound absorption and has the capacity to make a room feel sweet and cozy or oh-so-grand.
In the spectacular bathroom created by Chris M. at ProSource of Irmo, the stone floors, countertops, and tub surround and countertops blend so seamlessly with the rich wood that it’s difficult to tell where one stops and the other begins.
Kelli K., a designer trade pro member at ProSource of St. Paul, combined stone and wood for a design that’s relaxed and upscale at the same time. The floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace wall is a focal point that is impressive and yet still warm and inviting.
The type of stone used – limestone, sandstone, coral stone, brick, slate – determines how casual or formal a space will be. Larger rocks of various shapes and sizes work well for rustic interiors, while uniform stones and bricks make the most of contemporary spaces. All are durable and relatively easy to maintain.
Granite and marble are particularly popular choices. These natural-stone slabs are mined for use as countertops in kitchens and bathrooms. (Quartz, on the other hand, is not from nature – it’s engineered in a factory and is an excellent alternative to the real thing.). You can view such countertops in the online product catalog or at your local ProSource Showroom.
Most of the glass we use today is man-made, but it can be found in the natural world as well. Glasses are formed when sand or rocks are heated to high temperatures and then cooled rapidly (think volcanoes).
Perhaps that’s why glass looks so lovely among the wood and stone surfaces of a room. It is the “lightest” of the three elements, bringing balance to a space that might otherwise feel too dark or heavy.
Windows, solar panels, glass-top tables, and mirrors all lend the sparkle that only glass can bring. The clear glass shower door, large windows, and crystal chandelier transforms an otherwise rustic bathroom into something truly elegant.
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