5 ways to add some bite to your bark

A timeless classic, wood has always been one of the most versatile materials. With unique markings and a natural mix of shades, it’s no wonder we’re head over heels! But why use just the material when you can turn it into a whole look?

1. Experiment with different types of wood

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We already know you can never go wrong with wood, so surely the more the better? A mix of materials adds depth to a room and gives furniture an expensive, bespoke look.

Combine dark blacks with raw neutrals for distinct drama with a soft edge.

2. Stick to a colour scheme

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Wood is a colour in itself, so there's no need to overcompensate with a rainbow of shades. Pale pastels go particularly well with light coloured wood, creating a cool summer feel; while dark colours resonate the gothic Victorian era.

3. Think outside the box

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Why not take a little risk and reinterpret the typical; you can use wood without using wood. This bark-textured wallpaper is not only eye-catching, but brings the outdoor in with a bewitching touch, reminiscent of a fairytale. Certainly adds that much needed bite!

4. Utilise wood's raw texture

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The best thing about wood is its natural rawness; whether you want a smooth worktop or a stool with a rough character, wood can be moulded to suit you. Textured furniture can give your home a surprisingly eye-catching edge, one you'll be desperate to reach out and touch.

5. Less isn't always more


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Overdoing it isn't necessarily a bad thing; you can match oak with oak and still have so much variation.

Triple your timber for an OTT look that gets it just right.



Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.