Artificially aged wood in the interior

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When clean styles dominated interior design, one of the popular trends was the so-called shabby chic. You probably still remember these decorative whitewashed interiors with an abundance of lace, papier-mâché and vintage. It was thanks to shabby that the interior fashion was overwhelmed by a wave of love for everything shabby and aged, especially if it is made of natural wood. And if the popularity of shabby chic is already in the past, and you can meet it only in the interiors of family cafes, then artificially aged wood is again relevant. What is the charm of this material and with what “neighbors” will it get along on the basis of a modern interior? We tell.

The most popular way to give wood a heirloom look is brushing (from the English “brush” - a brush.) The bottom line is to remove the top layer of soft fibers from wooden surfaces, as the name implies, with a stiff brush. Having lost a soft layer, the wood takes on a relief and exposes the natural pattern of hard fibers. The result is fixed with oil, varnish or paint that mimics the natural tone of the wood species. To emphasize the relief, recesses and bulges can be tinted in different colors.

Wood can also be given age by patination. It was this technique that was the main decorative tool in shabby interiors. This is done as follows: the paint is repeatedly applied to a wooden surface, and each new layer is partially removed to create the effect of paint worn off by time. These are the most popular, but far from the only ways to artificially age a tree. It is sanded with sandpaper, stained and even fired with a burner.

If enthusiasm and manual dexterity allow, you can try to age the wooden surfaces yourself. Or choose a ready-made finishing material with the desired effect. The second option is preferable, because well-established production technologies make it possible to achieve the effect of antiquity, without actually reducing the life of the material.

Artificial aging not only gives wood products a noble touch of antiquity, but also allows you to emphasize their naturalness. Interiors with this finish seem especially lived-in and visually warm. Aged wood in modern interiors can take furniture forms, appear on the ceiling as beams, be used for wall decoration, but is most often found on the floor in the form of a parquet board, giving the impression that more than one generation of residents walked on it.

Once upon a time, shabby interiors were assembled from stylized “ingredients that looked like they were rescued from grandmother's chests. Today, such stylization is no longer relevant, the fashionable focus has shifted to complex interiors, which are cramped within a certain style. In such spaces, the new is organically combined with the vintage, and in principle, an artificially aged board has no interior contraindications. But it still looks most organic in suburban spaces and apartments of the old fund. Aged wood can sit next to furniture and accessories from a variety of eras, but if you want to enhance the vintage effect, add neighbors such as copper, wood or earthenware, majolica-style ceramic tiles and forged products to it.

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