Building with wood ordinarily poses a lot of challenges because of the wood’s generally biodegradable properties. If entire logwood houses that are solid and last a long time continue to make for a leading choice in beautiful new homes however, this only serves to prove that those challenges which come with wooden constructions can indeed be overcome. A well constructed logwood home or shed for instance is usually built with some hardwood varieties in order to make provision for structural longevity, but when you’re using wood to decorate or to build indoors, then there are a lot more options to work with. Using wood in interior spaces offers a lot more flexibility as to the types of woods you can use, but there’s still a selection of some of the best woods to be specifically used in interiors.
Use Hardwoods for Structural Integrity Only
Since most hardwood varieties are indeed a lot more expensive than the softer woods, using hardwoods indoors should be kept to minimum. You should only really use hardwoods for structural support systems, such as doorframes (usually for aesthetic appeal), but not on the interior door itself. However, the softwood which you do you use on the interior door should either match or complement the hardwood on the corresponding doorframe. So where you might have a white oak interior door frame (if wood is indeed preferred over steel for interior doorframes), its colour would probably be way off the colour of the corresponding Poplar or Cherry softer wood door. A little bit of cosmetic layering will do the trick well in this instance, and what you essentially paint or coat the different woods with will depend on the style and design of your house, apartment or whatever interior space you’re doing up. An ultra-modern house for example works well with colours that complement each other by being at completely different ends of the colour spectrum, such as a white interior doorframe supporting a bright blue door. Otherwise if you want something like your white oak frame to be a little more closely representative of your Cherry wood door, there’s nothing like a coat of high quality wood stain to firstly bring a bit of life and sheen to the white oak, and secondly bring out the beautiful wave-like Cherry wood grain to complete a harmonious interior door design.
Hardwood floors as the name suggests are also laid out using hardwoods, but if you want to save on the costs associated with hardwoods while still maintaining good structural integrity, laminated softwoods will do just as well for your wooden floors.
Use Locally Sourced Woods
Generally though interior spaces should be the interior designer’s playground for softer wood varieties since carpentry jobs can get out of hand really quickly and result in elevated costs. Unlike with some custom-upholstery and perhaps built-in cabinetry, furniture usually comes ready-made, so the choice between wood types largely comes down to the visual appeal of the finished product, otherwise the closer the wood is sourced, to be used in the interior design projects, the cheaper it will generally be.