Wood, hay, tree bark – interior designers are bringing nature inside and onto the walls. Natural materials are increasingly being used as wall coverings and this development brings both functional and aesthetic benefits.
Architecturally, walls carry a lot of weight and they make a big difference to the character of an interior. Organic materials are increasingly being used as a way to add natural vitality to walls. Natural products such as wood or cork can do more than simply act as a decorative feature. Depending on the application, these materials can also improve a room’s acoustics and thermal qualities. Furthermore, the natural appearance and unique structure of these kinds of materials can also broaden the horizons for customised interior design. Traditional wall cladding options such as stone and wood are now being supplemented by unusual interior design materials such as hay, moss and tree bark.
The use of wood or engineered wood as a wall covering material is now widespread. The panels, which have natural or untreated surfaces, are generally made of solid wood – or are veneers on real wood. Split face solid wood elements have a raw charm, which is due to the fact that the grain and natural growth patterns of the wood remain visible. It is now also possible to source reclaimed wood cladding. These products give walls an attractive patina, while also helping to conserve natural resources.
Alongside wood-based cladding, there are now wall panels made of various other natural materials, including untreated cork, leather and felt. These products not only improve the acoustics of the room but can also be used to create unique wall art. Even hay, moss and wild flowers can now be used as custom wall coverings. Once they have been dried and preserved, they are enclosed with surface sealant and pressed onto a carrier material. They can then be mounted on the wall. A special bonus is the fact that a faint scent of the organic material remains in the room for a long time.
Alongside their use in private homes, these interior wall coverings are becoming particularly popular in properties such as hotels, spas and restaurants. New materials for wall coverings are increasingly being used for the interiors of these kinds of properties. There is now a wide array of suppliers for wall coverings made of textiles, wood, stone and other materials. One of the more unusual wall coverings that is available is tree bark, which is sustainable and decorative in equal measure.