When tackling a decoration or renovation project, it’s easy to go overboard with reclaimed wood. “It’s a touch of natural wood.” “It adds charm and whimsy.” But when it’s all over the place, it starts to look like a salvage yard. But as Joanna Gaines knows, you should pick your moments, and hit them out of the park.
In season 1 episode 1 of “Fixer Upper” when Jo decided to add reclaimed wood to an all white kitchen to break up the neutral canvas, the range hood was the perfect place to do it. Relatively small in scale when compared to the linear space of the cabinets, the hood packs a bigger punch when you highlight it because an oven draws your eye to it naturally.
If you’re not renovating your kitchen, you can find other places to strategically place reclaimed wood, like a coffee table, surrounded by sleek, modern sofas; framing a mirror in your bathroom paired with a simply painted vanity; or making a DIY headboard.
A common rule in comedy is “never put a hat on a hat,” and when it comes to reclaimed wood, it’s a good reminder. Be choosy about where you use it so it remains interesting, not tiresome.