Home Decor with Distressed Wood

Earn some serious personality points for your home by adding texture to your home decor with distressed wood. It can be as easy as sanding down a door or furniture piece or by displaying a vintage collection of chopping boards.

Exposed furniture

The most common mistake a lot of us make is to use too many different types of wood in one space – especially the orange-undertone-varnished variety. Sand down furniture pieces to expose their grain and seal it with a clear matte coat to see the world of difference it makes. marthebo agentlewoman


Chop chop

I have an unhealthy fascination with vintage chopping boards. I simply can’t resist the ones with interesting shapes and cuts on the surface that tell stories of moms cooking up delicious meals day after day for their families. That’s why this simple display of wooden beauties on the left really appeals to me. mydomaine tarteletteblog


Quick fix

Display a beautiful rough tree branch as a clothing rail. The contrast of the rugged branch with the detailed lace dresses are simply gorgeous on the left. Tree disks have been popping up everywhere as decor items and you can buy them at your local nursery and stack them up to create an informal coffee table with lots of personality. kickandconkers refresheddesigns


Beaming beautiful

These exposed wooden beams add a structural element by emphasizing height in these interiors. Use them either raw and distressed to create a barn-feel like in the example on the left or slightly more refined like the whitewashed beams on the right. mydomaine style-files


Delightful doors

Sand down and treat doors with a whitewash or coloured wax to achieve this look. The wax goes into the lines to emphasize them and the end result is beautiful with lots of character. mechantdesign cozycottagecute



Use scaffolding planks to create this look. I simply love the open basin cabinet on the left with its textured wall and sink. It’s got a lovely relaxed feel to it. Large floor-standing mirrors are also still a very trendy item to display in your house so emphasize it by using a bulky frame. decodesign lostintimepl


Windows to the soul

These raw wood industrial floor to ceiling windows look spectacular in this loft-style bedroom. The whole setting has a light and airy feel with different textures playing together, like the bricks, wooden floor and coarsely woven curtain. decordemon


Floating wood

I love these little benches with their exposed tops and organic shapes on the left: it’s a fresh way of contrasting exposed and painted wood in one furniture piece. On the right we have raw wooden shelves that have been turned on their sides and attached to the wall. It creates bands of texture in this alcove and makes a beautiful place to display some of your personal treasures. nordichouse residencestyle



Combine dark distressed wood with grey ceramics, cement and weathered steel to create this dramatic look with an artistic feel. voorhaven7


Eclectic charm

This kitchen on the left has lots of old-world charm with touches of modern sophistication. The contrast of the worn distressed door and bin with the black and white floor is very quirky. The metal  lamp shades in different heights just add a bit of fun to the space. marieclairemaison


I am off to install my chopping board collection on the kitchen wall! Hope you found this post inspiring and will be trying a few of these ideas.

Happy styling,


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