Warm your home with wood ac­cents

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The tem­per­a­ture out­side may have be­gun to drop, but if you have a warm and invit­ing home, you might not even no­tice it at all. Here are some ways to warm up your space with this sea­son’s hottest trend – wood.

Think vin­tage

There are sev­eral dif­fer­ent fur­ni­ture and dé­cor styles from pre­vi­ous decades – in­clud­ing mid-cen­tury mo­dem and the arts and crafts move­ment – that in­cor­po­rate wood. Check your lo­cal flea mar­ket or an­tique store for a uni­queto-you piece that’s sure to grab any­one’s at­ten­tion.

Go global

You can of­ten score unique wooden ac­cent pieces – like sculp­tures from Bali and Mex­ico – from global ar­ti­sans who work with woods na­tive to their re­gion. On­line stores like UNICEF Mar­ket by UNICEF Canada fea­ture the work of a wide range of global ar­ti­sans at a va­ri­ety of price points, so there’s guar­an­teed to be some­thing for ev­ery­one’s bud­get.

Off the wall

Wood pan­elling on walls might bring back mem­o­ries of the 1970s and dark wood-pan­elled base­ment rec rooms, but mod­ern de­sign­ers of­ten rec­om­mend a sin­gle wood­pan­elled wall as an ac­cent piece in liv­ing areas such as bed­rooms and din­ing rooms. With a num­ber of styles to choose from, like shiplap for a rus­tic feel, the days of cheap and shiny par­ti­cle pan­elling are long gone.

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Learn how to warm your home us­ing wood ac­cents.

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