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Three Reasons to Chose Wood for Your Interior Accents

wood carving designsThroughout history, wood has been a staple of interior design. Even though we no longer rely entirely on wood and other natural materials to construct our homes, wood still plays an important role in both the appearance and durability of many structures.

 

Though modern design has its benefits, wood is a timeless material that also offers a surprising number of perks. If you’re looking to build a new space, or if you work in the renovations and contracting industry, don’t forget these three great benefits of incorporating wood materials in your interior design:

 

Wood is Cost Effective

Though there are certainly cheaper materials to work with, wood is less expensive than some materials for floors, furniture, and accents. Additionally, with so many different species, homeowners and designers alike can likely find a type that works with their budget and taste. Wood is also a durable material; with proper maintenance, wood can last for hundreds of years without rot and wear. Though plastic molding may be cheaper up front, wooden architectural elements from wood molding to decorative wood carving designs only need to be purchased once to be enjoyed for generations.

Natural Materials are Known Stress Relievers

Plants, flowers, fountains and other natural accents are famous for being mood enhancers and stress relievers. Wood elements are said to have a soothing presence in design, and many believe wood creates a relaxing environment through a subconscious connection with nature.

Wood is a Versatile Canvas

Though many simply think of brown lumber when they think of wood interior accents, this material is actually incredibly versatile for construction and decoration. Wood can be polished to shine like marble, and sealed to have an almost mirror-like surface. Different wood species offer warm and cool color tones to influence the mood of a space. Wood can be carved or grown naturally into almost any shape imaginable, making it a favorite material for wood carving designs.

Enhance Your Home with Wood Carving Designs

If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s interior with the natural beauty of wood, look no further than Enkeboll Designs. We specialize in a huge variety of wood accents, including vintage molding, wood onlays, carved wood trims, large corbels and more. For further information, contact Enkeboll Designs today.

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How to Give a Modern Home More ‘Character’

carved wood trimWhen building and selling brand new homes, there is a common complaint: lack of ‘character’, that special je ne sais quois that comes with sprawling Victorians or diminutive Craftsman homes. So what special touches can be included in modern homes to give buyers that ‘character’ they crave?

Crown Molding

It’s the little details, sometimes. Modern crown molding painted a clean white, or vintage molding with classic wood carving designs add a lot of warmth and character to a new home. It’s so popular that many home buyers look for molding pre-installed so they don’t have to do it themselves. In fact, about 62% of people rate crown moldings as the third most essential decorative feature in the home according to an NAHB survey. Those simple strips of wood, third most important!

Molding can fit any aesthetic, too. Going for a modern, painted look? Try inexpensive, durable resin crown molding instead of wood so you’re not as guilty painting over it. Not sure what aesthetic the home will end up with when fully furnished? Get egg and dart molding for your home, a versatile staple in modern and classic architecture.

Unique, but Inoffensive, Custom Features

Buyers looking for that elusive ‘character’ will notice the tiniest unique details you put into a home. A custom-cut window? Odd but beautiful banisters? Having custom features anywhere in the home is very appealing to choosy buyers. To keep the choosiest of buyers interested in the home, don’t add anything too outlandish. A snake motif included in carved wood trim or angels looking down from corbels will delight some, but completely turn off others.

Use Rich Woods When Possible

It’s rare that a home buyer or building will want a completely industrial or ultra-modern aesthetic free of any natural woods. As a general rule, hardwood floors, in particular, add much-needed warmth and appeal to any home. Choose flooring carefully if you’re planning on having wooden fixtures like carved wood trim or wooden fireplace corbels in the rest of the home’s architecture. If you choose a peculiar cut or color of flooring, it can be a pain to match other wooden fixtures in the house.

Perhaps there is a rule of thumb we can use here: be sneaky! Think of adding character like trying to hide special details in plain site. Especially if the home in question is not a custom-built home for a specific customer, you want ‘character’ pieces to be subtle.

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Corbels: Holding Up Good Design Since Architecture Was Born

large corbels

Simple question: What is a corbel?

You’ve definitely seen traditional corbels before, even if you didn’t know the proper name for these architectural structures at the time. Corbels are decorative architectural accents placed on the exterior of a wall. They are shaped like a right triangle and are used to support windows, doorframes, shelves, and more. You’ll find them anywhere there’s a 90-degree angle that needs some support or ornamentation.

Large corbels made of stone and decorated with carved angels, scrolls, and leaves can be seen supporting many Late Gothic style cathedrals. Corbels in the classical style are often featured on towering old stone architecture in cities like Washington, D.C. or Boston. Small corbels that are plainly designed are often featured in the doorways and fireplaces of modern homes.

Modern corbels are often made of wood, although corbels that were plain or featured wood carving designs have existed for quite a while as well. Wood carving is one of the oldest types of art, likely older than stone carving, dating back over 400,000 years as far as we can tell.

But wait — there are different names for corbels?

If you’ve never heard the term “corbel” before, maybe you’ve heard of one its synonyms, “tassels” or “braggers”. These two terms typically refer to wooden corbels and are more popular in usage in the United Kingdom. The name ‘corbel’ comes from the Latin word corbellus, or “little crow” (crow being corvus in Latin), a reference to the beak-like appearance of the typical plain corbel.

Like most architectural features, corbels, tassels, and braggers started out as practical supports for material jutting out from walls. People have been using corbel-like structures in their building plans since Neolithic times. As beautifying homes, businesses, and places of worship became priorities in society, people found ways to ‘dress up’ these structural pieces. Hence, the angels and scrollwork.

Large corbels on the outside of homes can provide a lot of stately character. Inside the home, many people enjoy rustic wooden corbels to finish off tall doorways or add some composed flair to the underside of bar tops. Decorative corbels supporting an otherwise understated fireplace mantle is a beautiful example of using the most simple of architectural pieces to your aesthetic advantage.

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