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4. Not your '70s ceiling. Wood on the ceiling is an old idea. However, it has taken a life of its own in the past few years. To make wood work above, you need to make sure you have either enough ceiling height or enough square footage. Otherwise, it may make your room feel cramped and claustrophobic.
Here, the designers are following an old yet effective Frank Lloyd Wright rule: in a large space like this, keep your ceilings low to force the eye to look outside.
5. The old-school countertop. Perhaps one of the most stunning uses of wood materials happens to also be practical. A large slab of wood takes center stage in this industrial kitchen.
A word of caution: Wood needs a lot of care, especially in the kitchen. Before you take the leap, do your research for the species of wood you want so you know exactly what you're getting into.
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6. A wooden bath. Even though the grain of this wood is subtle, it contrasts beautifully against the otherwise all-white bathroom. When installing wood in a wet space such as the bathroom, use the same rules as installing wood outdoors. You want to make sure it lasts.
9. A warm welcome. When using wood for entry doors, you can keep the look modern by opting for a swivel door. Or choose a horizontal grain combined with a flat-faced door and cool hardware.
10. Go outdoors. When wood is used in unexpected ways or places, it makes a one-of-a-kind statement that is hard to ignore. If used outdoors, wood should be treated with the proper sealants to ensure its longevity.
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