Barn Wood Brings Warmth to Custom Homes

Barn wood delivers: If you are looking for warmth, character and rugged good looks, it can’t be beat.

The term “barn wood” refers to rough wood planks with a distressed finish, usually used as a wood accent wall. Some of it may be reclaimed from old barns, others from former commercial buildings like factories or warehouses. Another characteristic of salvaged wood: the surface of the boards or planks can show remnants of paint, nail holes, saw marks or other signs of wear.

How to Include a Wood Accent Wall

Recently, our clients requested an accent wall in their master bedroom lined with barn wood.

Barn wood wall on cincinnati custom home

As you can see above, the soft texture and color variations of the reclaimed wood make a statement without overpowering the room. The clients also used it as an accent in their kitchen. Mixed with brick, timber beams and cream-colored cabinetry, the wood accent wall adds the right note of rugged refinement.

barn wood ceiling for Cincinnati custom home

Barn wood doesn’t have to be used in a wood accent wall. A ceiling lined with wood (like the one above from Ohio Valley Reclaimed Wood) draws the eye up and adds personality. You can use reclaimed wood for cabinetry, shelving or custom furnishings.  Urban Barnwood Furniture of northeastern Ohio handcrafted this Hartland Server, shown below.

Hartland Server barnwood furniture

Not surprisingly, sliding barn doors are another great spot to highlight reclaimed barn wood. Depending on how the doors are finished, they can look modern and contemporary or more rustic. Here’s another example of rustic wood from Reclaimed Lumber Products. 

sliding barnwood door for custom homes

Your Custom Home’s Barn Wood

Posts, beams and trusses are another great way to use reclaimed wood in a custom home. These architectural elements always elevate a home’s style. In addition to using heavy timber accents inside many clients’ homes, we have also added them as exterior elements.

timber beams in Cincinnati custom home

Timber Ridge Home in Indian Hill of Cincinnati, Ohio

Now that you’ve seen some design ideas, how would you like to add barn wood, a wood accent wall or reclaimed wood to your custom home? We’d love to hear your ideas! Contact us today to talk about making your dream home come true.