Posted: Jan 15, 2014 8:00 AM
Furniture and flooring are beginning to look a little worn — on purpose. Reclaimed wood is being repurposed in dining room tables, home office desks and even new-to-the-home flooring. Using wood from old buildings is one way to recycle, while filling your home with beautiful things.

Reclaimed wood furniture

Reclaimed wood furniture

French style echoes along the lines of the Natural Reclaimed Wood Trestle Dining Table (Zin Home, $1,775). The reclaimed wood in the table has been repurposed from buildings with a bleached finish, giving the table a worn — yet elegant — look. As gray continues to impact home design choices, the bleached finish will make an excellent statement piece.

Years of natural weathering darkened the wood reclaimed for the Vintage Douglas Fir Table (Vivaterra, $1,695). Clean lines highlight the beauty of the wood, repurposed from a torn-down building. The deep color of the table, combined with its stark lines, make it a good choice for a functionally modern home.

Reclaimed wood is the perfect medium for custom furniture. The wide variety of the wood's colors, conditions and history make it possible to find the right wood to do anything you envision. The Farmhouse Glass Top Desk would look lovely in a home office or could be used in a dining room, especially one used for homework or at-home work (Fence Row Furniture Co., contact for price).

 accent pieces in reclaimed wood

Choose accent pieces in reclaimed wood

Whether your favorite wines are aged or freshly bottled, you can keep 12 of them in the StackUp 12-Bottles Wine Rack from Ecologica Home (Ecologica Home, $110). The geometric wine rack is made from the discarded wood in developing nations. Pieces may have old paint and color variations that provide uniqueness and character to each rack.

Urban Wood Goods repurposes wood from deconstructed barns, buildings and homes in the midwestern U.S. The San Francisco Bench would be stunning in an entryway or mudroom (Urban Wood Goods, $305). The etched skyline shows the depth and beauty of the wood, and other cities are available.

reclaimed wood in unexpected ways

Use reclaimed wood in unexpected ways

Mirrors are a decorator's dream. They add space and dimension to rooms by reflecting light and other furnishings. The Sunburst Mirror can be made to order in different dimensions and includes a mounting kit (Custom Made, $350). The various colors of reclaimed wood let the mirror accent any room, blending seamlessly into rooms with both light and darker furniture.

A fireplace is a focal point of a room, and mantel decor can change the feel of a room from season to season. Instead of adding a new picture frame, consider changing the mantel itself, like with this Hand Hewn Beam Fireplace Mantle (Elmwood Reclaimed Timber, $325).

One of the simplest ways to use reclaimed wood is in its natural shape. A little bit of paint transforms a bit of reclaimed wood into an adorable Live Laugh Love Sign (Etsy, $45).

Reclaimed wood flooring

Make an eco-friendly statement with reclaimed wood floors

Wood floors can be used in any room in your home, and reclaimed wood provides ample material for flooring options. Reclaimed wood can be found in flooring-friendly options like oak and pine, and even less common woods like chestnut and hickory are available. The Woods Company has an extensive collection of re-milled, reclaimed wood floors. Their showroom is located in Pennsylvania, but they will ship to other areas of the country.

The bottom line^ How you use reclaimed wood in your home is only limited by your design vision and imagination. Old barns, buildings and homes that were crumbling into their surrounding landscapes have the chance to live again in your home.

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