When picking the pieces for our homes, we all have different considerations from price, to look, to comfort. Perhaps you’ve become more conscious of what your furniture is made from. We chatted to an IKEA interior designer to learn more about the value of investing in different natural materials.
Pine furniture in its many forms
Pine can be enjoyed untreated, like this IVAR cabinet, or painted, varnished or stained, like this HEMNES cabinet. One of the reasons to love pine is that every part can be used, including the sawdust. From big, solid pieces to veneer, plywood, particle board and more – it’s such a versatile material.
See the HEMNES living room series
Mixing furniture materials for an interesting look
By their very nature, natural materials such as wood and certain textiles can make a space feel warmer. To create a feel with a bit more edge or interest, consider choosing pieces that mix materials, like the cool steel and warmer rattan of this armchair. The juxtaposition is both attractive and intriguing.
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Investing in long-lasting household textiles
Both pure linen and cotton have advantages such as breathability and insulation, making them great choices for bed linen all year round. Both materials are also very durable and get softer with each wash, making the investment well worth your while.
Hardwearing materials that are in it for the long haul
Different materials have their benefits, so think about the purpose of your pieces. If something is really going to be put to task, like kitchen chairs and chopping boards, look for materials that are hardworking and hardwearing, such as tougher woods like acacia and pine.
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