When it comes to interior design, there are few materials that are as beloved as wood. Natural wood has a character, grain, and beauty that is unmatched by any synthetic or man made material, and it’s versatile enough to be used nearly anywhere in the home.
Reclaimed wood is a natural alternative to new wood materials and products that’s more environmentally friendly. Reclaimed wood is natural wood that has been used previously in barns, households, or businesses. The wood is removed from these settings, refinished, and given a new life. The wood shows the history, patina, and marks of its previous use, which gives it a beautiful, interesting finish and appearance.
Reclaimed Wood Interior Design Ideas
Reclaimed wood can be used anywhere that new wood products can be installed, and it brings instant depth and character to any room. Check out these 31 reclaimed wood interior design ideas to see what’s possible with this unique and versatile material.
1. Contrasting Beams
Ceiling beams add dimension and depth to a room, as well as interest to the “fifth wall”. Reclaimed wood ceiling beams have all the strength and support of new beams, but with a softer finish from previous use. And unlike new beams, which are often hollow boxes, reclaimed beams are solid, giving you many more years of use.
2. Wooden Ceiling
Wood is often used on floors and sometimes on walls, but it also makes a beautiful finish for the ceiling as well. Installed in a shiplap with a reclaimed wood beam for depth, a wooden ceiling makes a stunning statement, particularly on rooms with tall walls. The rich patina of the reclaimed wood adds instant warmth to the room as well.
3. Support Beams
Wooden beams have long been used for load bearing purposes. These reclaimed beams get new use in a kitchen where they can act as both support and as a decorative element to the room. The beams on the ceiling meet the support beams perfectly to create a unique grid on the ceiling, and to accent the island at the same time.
4. Face Frame
Sometimes the best way to accent an area is to give it a frame to call better attention to it. This fireplace surround is set back slightly from the rest of the room with a rustic, reclaimed wood frame. The wood matches up beautifully with the rustic wood walls and doors and complements the fieldstone at the same time.
5. Rustic Support
One of the nicest things about reclaimed wood is the way that it shows its past use. You can bring history and character to even new homes just by installing some rustic wood beams. Rustic finish reclaimed wood often shows things like saw marks, patina, and nail holes that will give your home instant charm.
6. Cabinet Contrast
Reclaimed wood has a personality and color that differs from what you can find in newly made wood products. This can add some dramatic contrast to a room that features other, newer wood materials. In this kitchen, the rich, dark wood beams create long lines that visually stretch the room, while adding contrast to the color of the cabinetry.
7. Cottage Complement
Older homes, cottages, and bungalows often have a lot of older features and charm already. When you’re renovating, you need to be able to match those features in order to keep the cohesive look of the architecture in place. Reclaimed wood, with its history and wear can be the perfect complement to cottages and older homes that need a little more support.
8. Accent Beam
Uniquely shaped ceilings sometimes get overlooked in a larger interior design scheme. Using a reclaimed wood beam to show off the shape can help get it the attention that it deserves. In this case, the repeating beams call the eye upward, and make use of the ceiling’s height in the rest of the design.
9. Rich Wood Flooring
Many reclaimed wood products come from older floors. The wear and patina of an old wood floor is unmatched by anything that can be produced today. Using a reclaimed wood floor in your home brings that richness and depth into the room, elevating the entire design at once.
10. Wide Plank Floors
Older wood floors were often wider and more solid seeming than wood floors installed today. Get the look, character, and history of older floors in your home with reclaimed wood flooring. These wide planks have a smooth finish and rich patina that you won’t find on a newer floor.
11. Exterior Soffit
Soffits are used both inside and out to help conceal unfinished areas of the home. And while modern soffits are usually a carefully finished box, they often lack interest or design. Consider replacing your ordinary soffits with one made of reclaimed wood to get more character and dimension for the space.
12. Modern Beam
Reclaimed wood panels made of fitted pieces of wood come in a range of different finishes and styles, including more contemporary looks. Now, you can get the eco-friendly material of reclaimed wood, and still fit in with your modern décor at the same time, like this ceiling beam.
13. Rustic Door Frame
Door moldings help define spaces and give them a finished appearance. When a traditional, decorative molding isn’t right for your home, consider using a rustic, reclaimed wood frame instead. The uneven edges, patina, and finish add character, while still framing the space and adding definition to the room.
14. Room Definition
Homes that have open floor plans often need a little definition to help them make the most of the space visually. This home uses reclaimed wood beams to do just that by lining the ceiling of one area, then using the same beam to outline the doorway between the two spaces, adding just enough definition to separate them, but without putting up a barrier.
15. Rustic Modern Columns
Transitional designs like rustic modern make use of different styles, textures, and materials in one space to create a more fluid design. This home creates a unique look with columns made out of concrete and wood with an iron accent. The effect is modern, but with a more interesting and approachable feel.
16. Traditional Ceiling Beams
Show off the ceilings in your cabin or rustic-style home with reclaimed wood beams. The history, finish, and wear marks on the wood are an instant complement to this style of home; they’ll look as though they’ve always been there, no matter how new the design.
17. Cohesive Wood Design
One of the benefits of using wood in your interior designs, is its ability to be used in so many different ways. This home utilizes reclaimed wood in numerous areas, including the floor, kitchen island and the support beams. Because all the wood has similar use history and patina, it gives a comfortable, lived in appearance to the home.
18. Oversized Support Beam
Wooden support beams make an interesting alternative to columns. While columns are formal and don’t always match every interior design, rustic wood beams can be used in a wider number of settings, including rustic modern, cottage, farmhouse, and transitional designs.
19. Wood Counter
Wood makes a beautiful, versatile countertop as well as a floor or wall covering. Wood as a counter material has been gaining in popularity over the last few years. Because reclaimed wood already has many wear marks, any new usage marks will simply blend in and add to its beauty.
20. Built in Furniture Surround
When using a reclaimed wood counter, consider the possibilities outside of the kitchen. Here, the wood is used as tops on end tables, wrapping the back of the love seat, and creating a built in furniture nook. The effect is cozy and pleasing to the eye, as well as functional in the room.
21. Utility Sink Top
Utility sinks are useful in kitchens, bars, laundry rooms, and other areas of the home. Because they don’t get as much use as a kitchen or bathroom sink, they can be more decorative in style. This sink uses a beautiful reclaimed wood sink top, along with an oil rubbed bronze faucet that picks up the patina, and a decorative backsplash to tie it all together.
22. Island Counter
It’s common in many homes to use an island top that either coordinates with or contrasts the counter you use on the perimeter of the room. In this case, the top not only contrasts the perimeter, it also blends in beautifully with the wood used on the island itself.
23. Inviting Seating Area
Seating areas at peninsulas like this one are a great way to gain more function in the room. This reclaimed wood top shows a lot of character that makes it an ideal choice for this informal setting. The smooth wood top with its visual knot holes makes for a perfect place to want to pull up a stool to.
24. Rich Furniture Top
Built in cabinetry is a fabulous addition to any interior design. No matter where it’s used, it’s sure to gain a lot of use and function, while adding to the style of the room. This long cabinet utilizes a reclaimed wood top. The patina of the top gives it a rich finish that makes it ideal for the area it’s installed in by complementing the backsplash, the cabinet, and the colors of the room.
25. Contrast Wood Design
One way to make a more dramatic impact on your kitchen design is to contrast your cabinets and your countertop. In this case, a rich wood counter is used alongside painted cabinetry. The two complement each one well, lending a slightly rustic look to the room, but the contrast between the colors amps up the power of the design.
26. Island Focus
Nearly all the colors and finishes in this room are the same – a light, bland painted off white. This makes the choice of the island countertop a really dramatic focal point in the room. The dark patina of the reclaimed wood stands out against the lighter surfaces that surround it, drawing the eye.
27. Built in Cabinetry
Built in shelves and cabinets are a beautiful addition to any room, and in many types of architecture, they’re integral to the design. These cabinets use reclaimed wood, which gives them a character and finish that helps them blend in better with the rest of the room’s design.
28. Contemporary Wall Panels
Reclaimed wood doesn’t need to be rustic or have an old appearance; it can also fit in very well with some contemporary settings. These wall panels have all the richness of antique wood, but their smooth finish helps them work in this contemporary kitchen. Here, they also contrast the bright red island, giving a lot of dimension to the room.
29. Bedroom Furnishings
The bed is the focal point of any bedroom design. So whether you already have a headboard or not, consider drawing greater attention to the area with a built in headboard of reclaimed wood. The wood creates a slight nook here for the bed to nestle into, making the room feel a little cozier, and more comfortable than before.
30. Sleek Cabinetry
Another way that reclaimed wood wall panels can be used in contemporary design is to utilize them on the face of your cabinetry. These slab-style doors are made out of reclaimed wood wall panels. This gives them more texture and interest than a traditional slab, but still has the sleek look that would even go well in a modern kitchen or rustic wood workshop.
31. Shaker Style
Shaker style cabinets are one of the most popular kitchen designs today. These cabinets made of reclaimed wood have a rich finish and texture that beautifully complements the style. Together, they really bring the design of the entire kitchen into better focus.
Utilize Reclaimed Wood in Your Home
Reclaimed wood brings with it a history, character, and dimension that you aren’t going to find in any other material. Bring your interior design to the next level by utilizing reclaimed wood wherever you would have used newer wood products and gain that additional interest for your home.