Before we get to our favourite 5 ways to use timber in your coastal home, let us tell you why we love timber! Timber is a natural element and the Coastal Style totally embraces this theme. Coastal style is all about natural materials, colours and textures. The Coastal Style colour palette and materials are reminiscent of the Australian coastline and promote feelings of relaxation. Timber brings in a warmth and varying tones to your home. Timber has been used for thousands of years for building and is one of the longest standing building materials in existence! It is a natural, renewable and durable material and studies have suggested that being around timber can even reduce stress and improve your wellbeing. We love its versatility and how not only can you bring it into your home structurally, how you can incorporate it architecturally through finishes and furnishing too! Okay are you ready!
There are so many uses for timber in a home, but these are some of our favourites! Let’s go!
Nothing says Coastal like timber weatherboards! White horizontal weatherboard cladding is iconic to the classic coastal style. Incorporating natural timber in cladding complements its painted counterpart. Coastal style should feel relaxed, airy and elegant. Mix white weatherboards with soft palettes of softer whites, greys and beiges for a modern coastal look.
Natural Timber cladding, such as Silvertop Ash, looks stunning as external cladding. It weathers to a gorgeous grey colour or when oiled or stained will hold onto that colour longer. Many Australian timbers, like Silver-top Ash, are also naturally bushfire resisting timbers and can be used in Bushfire prone areas. Win, Win!
From decorative wall linings to timber batten partition walls, timber can be incorporated inside the home too! Creating style, texture and warmth to any room.
Timber battens walls are functional and appealing. They can define a space and and allow natural light to filter through without feeling closed off.
Decorative timber wall and ceiling linings are the perfect compliment to any space. With a vast range of profiles from cove, convex, channel to horizontal, vertical boards and more. It can be used in indoor, outdoor and wet areas.
Timber flooring is a classic way to use timber in your home. We love when it is paired with fresh white walls neutral soft furnishings and other timber pieces. Hardwood timber flooring, engineered timber to laminate flooring, there are options for all budgets to include timber flooring through your home. Timber floors can be the star of the show or play a supporting role in your home.
Light to medium toned timbers such as Pine, Ash, Tallowwood, Oak to Blackbutt or Spotted gum are popular colours for a coastal style home.
Furnishing your home with timber pieces is a great way to mix texture, styles and tones. Each piece of natural timber furniture is unique and bring to it its own charm.
Combining both painted and natural timber furniture allows you to mix timbers without any clashing tones. Timber furniture can transform and elevate the mood of any room.
From an accent piece in your bathroom, to your family room dining table it is so versatile. Solid timber pieces are timeless, durable and strong. It is no wonder it is such a popular material for furnishings. Its hard to beat natural timber furniture!
We love Timber decking for coastal builds. Creating a connection between indoors and outdoors, creating an extension of your home, an outdoor living space that can be enjoyed with your family and friends. Natural oiled decks are beautiful underfoot and will tie-in with the timber used inside the home creating a cohesive design.
Painted timber pergolas are such a great way to formalise an outdoor area whilst providing shade or that holiday vibe. Why not add a timber hanging chair to give it a luxe look?!
So there you have it, 5 of our favourite ways to bring timber into your coastal home!.
We’d love to hear from you on your favourite ways bring timber into your coastal home!
Until next time,
Kirsty & Dane