Alternative uses for hardwood, Bozeman MTHardwood isn’t just for your floors anymore. While tile has been finding its way onto walls, backsplashes and countertops for years, wood is also making a strong comeback as a design material throughout the home. The look of wood is warm and inviting, and the natural element is appealing to today’s modern homeowners.

Following is some inspiration for using wood in your home, including wood wall paneling, ceiling planks, and countertops.


Wood paneling often gets a bad rap, but when used sparingly it can be a great design accent in your home. Consider wood for a feature wall, above or below a chair rail, or to create a cozy office or den space. Contrasting the wood and floor color is key to keeping the space open and inviting. If you have dark floors, consider a lighter wood on the wall, and vice versa. You can also play with the layout of the wood. Horizontal planks will make the room feel more expansive, and installing the planks with alternating grain patters can be a fun way to add visual interest to a room.


Wood planks on the ceiling are a great way to add warmth to a room, and they can be a quick and cost-effective way to cover-up a ceiling that is less than appealing. Wood planks can also be a great way to emphasize a vaulted ceiling or to create ceiling trays for more aesthetic appeal in a dining room or bedroom, for example. The color, plank width, and finish of the wood can make a space feel rustic, modern, or formal depending on your taste. Painted wood ceilings are also a great way to make a room feel open and expansive while also embracing the wood design element.


Butcher-block countertops are nothing new, but we would be remiss to avoid mention the benefits of wood counters here. I addition to creating a beautiful design element in your kitchen, many wood counters are heat and stain resistant and provide a softer surface than stone or tile. Wood is readily available and can be refinished as necessary to make your countertops look brand new again. There are a number of maintenance requirements when it comes to wood counters, but when used sparingly, they make a beautiful accent in the kitchen.

Wood is a great option for Bozeman homes, on the floors and beyond. Consider the benefits of wood in your next design project.

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