Wood: A Timeless Material

Different types of wood species offer a variety of ways to create and decorate space

Wood Tones

Varying wood tones tie the kitchen and living space of The Smithtowne II model home together.



by Chelsea Mohr

What material is durable, offers something for every purpose and style, can be rustic, exotic or budget friendly?


Different types of wood species offer a variety of ways to create and decorate space. You can create a clean, sleek, modern, traditional or even a transitional space when remembering these key things when using wood:

Tones of wood are key: Using a mix of light, medium and dark wood tones can create visual layers throughout a space – giving the illusion of different materials when it’s all still wood. By using one tone on the floor, one tone on the wall and another on furniture you can create depth, interest and impact in any space. If you take a look at our Smithtown II model home, wood tones played a major role in how the space felt rustic yet clean.

Texture: Texture can be fun to play with. Use old wood to grab that rustic feel or use new, clean, straight and narrow pieces for a clean look – either way this will add interesting design flair to your home. You can even combine different textures. The Oswego II Master Bedroom uses wood on the ceiling and wall that is smooth, but stained to look weathered. The inconsistency of wood can play in your favor here. The amount of stain the wood takes, or doesn't take, can create depth and add further dimension to your design.

Pattern: This can be a combination of tone and texture. Using patterns can also create rhythm to draw your eye around the room. This can be as simple as extending wood-look laminate flooring from the kitchen through the living area, or as complex as a herringbone pattern on your wood furniture.

Keeping wood tone, texture and patterns in mind when creating your next space will make for interesting design features, no matter what style you may want to portray.