We take a look at this home’s tricks with tim­ber

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Use wood cladding to cre­ate warmth. It brings a nat­u­ral soft­ness to large, po­ten­tially clin­i­cal spa­ces, such as a room with a dou­ble-height ceil­ing. Keep ev­ery­thing else min­i­mal. Use too much wood and it can over­power an in­te­rior. Keep the re­main­ing walls white to bal­ance the look. Cre­ate seam­less con­ti­nu­ity be­tween in­side and out. Oak is a hardy wood and can be used on ter­races and bal­conies as well as in­te­rior walls. Care for your wood. Ex­ter­nal wood needs to be oiled once a year; it’s a bit of ef­fort, but it’s worth it to avoid water dam­age and pre­vent crack­ing and warp­ing. Mix your woods for va­ri­ety. Use lighter oak on a wall, vin­tage par­quet on a floor, and darker teak, cherry or maple on win­dow frames to cre­ate a tonal ef­fect that will add ex­tra char­ac­ter to your home.

Snug The leather sofa is the ‘Tiki’ by Fogi and the two ‘Bowl’ cof­fee ta­bles are by Dan­ish de­signer Ayush Kaslin for Mater, avail­able from Heal’s Stock­ist de­tails on p175

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