I'm starting to notice more and more reclaimed wood around. Used in the right way, it can be understatedly beautiful. I also love it in edgy contemporary applications. And sometimes, it's just downright charming. Here are some great inspirations for using reclaimed wood.
A client showed me this house in Truckee. She says it is her hands-down favorite house around and I can see why!
One thing I don't often see is old red-painted barnwood mixed with greyed recycled lumber on exteriors. I love the way some of the siding planks are left red and some are grey and that the pattern seems to be applied randomly. I also think these homeowners got it exactly right with the trim stains, the mouse brown on the portico and fascia boards is perfect and I adore the red doors and window trim. Even the wicker chairs are the perfect color.
The landscaping really sets this house off, too.
The garage "barn" doors are absolutely delightful, aren't they?
The same evening she showed me the house above, we stumbled into a shop in downtown Truckee where we admired a new and ingenious use of reclaimed lumber mixed with rusted corrugated on the ceiling.
Above, they used reclaimed lumber to trim out the doors and I love that they kept the trim chunky and scaled-up. The floors are also reclaimed.
Above, more ceiling detail.
Above, this is a photo that this same client is using for inspiration to build a fabulous recycled wood bookshelf on two walls in a corner of her great room.
Of course, reclaimed lumber can be expensive. If it's not in your budget, here's a little inspiration. These recycled wine crates are made up into utterly charming window boxes at Pour House in Truckee, California.