EX­PERT TIPS

South African Garden and Home - - Inspiratio­ns -

In­te­rior ar­chi­tec­tural de­signer Cara Slater-Mid­dlewick has these tips for adding warmth with wood

If us­ing wood on a ceil­ing, use en­gi­neered wood rather than solid wood as solid wood ex­pands and con­tracts ac­cord­ing to the tem­per­a­ture. Or choose tim­bers like treated pine, which grow in vast quan­ti­ties and are not from nat­u­ral forests. Also con­sider com­pos­ite prod­ucts; many of them so closely re­sem­ble the real thing, no one will know the dif­fer­ence.

Treat tim­ber with a wa­ter-based wax sealer to pro­tect and nour­ish the wood. I like those with a slight grey tint which pre­vents the yel­low colour com­ing through.

If you want to clad a fire­place or TV wall with tim­ber, a ve­neer is eco-friend­lier and more cost-ef­fec­tive. For a con­tem­po­rary fin­ish, use a black sealer and let some of the grain show through.

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