Traditional furnishing materials like oak or pine are sometimes dismissed as being too dated or old-fashioned, or that they might be too expensive for the modern household. Because of its strength and beauty, oak has been prized as a material since the Middle Ages. Today, contemporary designers have transformed the material and translated the qualities of oak into fresh, imaginative new styles, making oak a highly desirable and fashionable material in contemporary furnishing, alongside more modern materials like plastics and glass.
A great way to invest in oak for your home is to focus on a particular item of furnishing. Oak is a long lasting and very attractive material, so make the most important piece of your home stand out in a gorgeous oak setting. If you love entertaining and having people around for dinner, an extendable oak dining table looks impressive and will age wonderfully. Choose a sleek, contemporary design, and your dining table will work in any setting while needing only the minimal amount of extra decoration – from informal brunches, to romantic candlelit dinners. Contrast the richness of the oak with upholstered chairs, either in lustrous leather, or bold fabric prints.
Another way to use oak to create a centre of attention would be to highlight an entertainment system or display units. Choose a minimalistic open design to create a feature that combines the organic qualities of oak, with the freshness of modern design, to show off your favourite photographs and books. Combined with sleek panels of glass, oak can be used to create an amazing tv or multimedia stand. And in cool and funky contemporary forms, an oak coffee table looks both relaxing and luxurious as the centre of a living space.
Oak is also a wonderful material to use in the bedroom. Its versatility and long-lasting nature means that no matter how many times you move home, you’ll have a bedroom set up you will want to keep with you for a lifetime. A solid oak bedframe looks warm and inviting, and matching bedside tables complete the look to great effect.
Contemporary oak designs look particularly attractive with reclaimed oak, which is sourced from a range of sources. This characteristic depth and hue of reclaimed oak looks both luxurious and full of history, whether it is in the form of a coffee table or a wardrobe.
Despite its traditional background and heritage, oak is a material that truly stands the test of time – both in terms of physical longevity and style. Regardless of how tastes and styles may change and evolve over time, oak retains its unique character and only grows more attractive with age.