Rather than the bold, colourful accent walls of the early 2000s, today’s accent wall is all about tone and texture such as timber. Photo: Stuart James Pty Ltd.

Accent walls are touted to be one of the biggest interior design trends in 2020 but rather than the bold, colourful walls of the early 2000s, today’s accent wall is all about tone and texture.

In addition to a resurgence in exposed bricks, designers are turning to timber lining as a way of adding visual interest.

Whether using as a feature wall or throughout the home, timber adds warmth and can provide a look that is both organic and elegant.

Here, Boral Timber shares their top three tips on how to embrace the timber trend.

1 – Go vertical

When laid vertically, timber lining can create the illusion of height and grandeur, especially when fringing a design feature. A striking fireplace or large windows can be perfectly framed with timber lining, making them a focal point of a living space. Minimal furnishings and a neutral design palette make the home feel even more elegant and spacious.

2 – Keep it natural and sustainable

Showcase a modern twist on mid-century style using genuine timber lining. Exposed timber walls save time and money on painting and exude a warmth and style that no other surface can replicate.

The natural character of Australian hardwood is perfect for making bedrooms feel cosy while adding a retro-inspired aesthetic.

As with all natural materials, it’s important to better understand the origin of the products being selected for any project. Not only are hardwoods a renewable resource, Boral timber lining products are Responsible Wood Chain of Custody certified, providing peace of mind that the timber is sourced from sustainably-managed and legal forestry.

3 – Mix and match textures

When designing spaces with minimal styling, consider a combination of textures to define each room. Timber lining provides a neutral backdrop that can be layered with other materials, such as black aluminium, glass and concrete, with great design effect.

Timber can even be used in the bathroom or laundry, away from direct exposure to running or pooling water, with appropriate finishes to seal and protect the surface from atmospheric moisture.

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