The days of cold, hard minimalism are long gone. 2017 has ushered in an entirely new trend for interior design that favours cosy over cool. The word that best describes it is the Danish word “hygge”: “A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being”, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary. And while this Danish concept is about more than just interior design, it’s a good place to start.
Pallet walls are a simple DIY fix that captures the core aesthetic of hygge. Here, we consider four ideas that will help transform your home into an oasis of rustic living.
1. The reading nook
Nothing evokes that snug feeling better than curling up with a good book. And where better to do it than in your own reading nook? There’s no need to dedicate a large area for this; all that’s necessary is enough room to curl up in. A pallet wall will provide a suitably cosy backdrop and also offers an opportunity to incorporate a small bookshelf into your nook.
2. A sauna-style bathroom
You needn’t install a sauna to capture the Scandi chic look that’s so sought after in 2017. Bringing a pallet wall into your bathroom is an excellent way to achieve all the aesthetic benefits with less of the fuss. If you’re aiming to install a pallet wall into a wet area of your bathroom, think carefully about how to treat the wood. Sealing is essential, and it’s also worth considering proper ventilation. A window or a high-quality fan are key to success when incorporating wood into the bathroom.
3. Inside-outside entertaining
One of the significant benefits of using wood is its durability. This makes it the perfect choice for the hybrid ‘inside outside’ living areas that are popular in villas and second homes. It’s not all about practicality, either. The warm, natural look of a pallet wall is equally at home in a dining area as it is surrounding your outdoor swimming pool.
4. Interior accents
Perhaps you’re keen to experiment with pallet wall décor but are unsure about whether it’s right for your home? If this is the case, take a softly softly approach by introducing pallets as smaller interior accents. As natural wood is ideal in the bedroom – a part of the home which calls for extra cosiness – a headboard is an ideal place to begin.
Another option is to create small pieces of pallet art to be placed around the home. From simple picture frames to rustic shelving units, there are plenty of ways to test out your DIY skills.
Rustic living is about far more than just creating a home that embraces the latest trends – certain ideas can transform the feel of your property altogether. Whether you’re looking to make a new house feel like home, or are readying your property for the market, these simple DIY tips are a smart place to start.