How to Incorporate Inviting Architectural Wood Features Into Your Space

BY Tribune News Service TIMEJuly 12, 2022 PRINT

By Cathy Hobbs
From Tribune News Service

Wood can be inviting and cozy, as well as the perfect way to warm up nearly any space. Mix in other materials from glass to steel and you may have the perfect recipe for a space is that is both inviting and architecturally interesting. What are some ways to incorporate wood into your home? Here are some top tips.


  • Do look for wood species that blend into the overall aesthetic of your home.
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A painted wood railing creates a sense of contrast and interest. (Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS)
  • Do allow natural grains to show through, as opposed to covering or concealing their natural beauty.
  • Do consider using wood as a way to make a feature wall or architectural element.
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A living room, features a side wall with a prominent wood feature. (Matt Vacca/TNS)
  • Do consider painting wood to bring in color into a space.
  • Do look for materials to pair with wood such as glass or steel.
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Wall to wall millwork creates a built in bar in a family room space.(Scott Gabriel Morris/TNS)


  • Don’t mix too many different wood species in the same space.
  • Don’t alter or cover fine grains of wood.
  • Don’t overlook using highlighting wood in small ways such as baseboards, casings or trims.
  • Don’t ignore the opportunity to highlight wood through the use of elements such as hardware.
  • Don’t overlook the opportunity to make custom wood pieces or elements through the help of a millworker or carpenter.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at info@cathyhobbs.com or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com.

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