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6 incredible DIY home decor ideas using wood

Looking to give your home a unique feel? It’s amazing what you can do with wood – and a few carefully placed pieces of wooden décor can really transform your living space. A rustic touch might not be the first thing to spring to mind when planning on creating a luxurious home, but bringing the outdoors indoors can be a great way to add a little character and charm, and a few subtle pieces can have just the right effect.

If you’re the type who enjoy getting crafty, then there are plenty of pieces you can make for yourself – and best of all, most of them are quick and easy creations that will have your home transformed in just a few hours.

Read on to find out some of our favourite home décor ideas using wood.

Tools you’ll need

Before you get started, you’ll need to gather a few simple tools to help you make your unique creations come to life. A chainsaw might sound a little scary, but they are easy to use and will make life much easier when working with wood. You’ll also need a good supply of sandpaper for smoothing rough surfaces, and a wood router will be an asset when it comes to cutting fancy edges and creating patterns. Be sure to do your research to find the best wood router before you buy.

Medicinal herbs tansy daisy calendula yarrow in an old wooden box on the table.
A wooden herb garden makes a fantastic addition to any luxury kitchen

Tree stump tables on castors

Starting simple, tree stumps placed onto castors can serve as pretty display tables, and can be used for everything from storing jewellery on your dressing table to serving cakes and biscuits in the living room when you have guests visiting.

Larger stumps can even serve as quirky outdoor seats. All you’ll need is access to a chainsaw and some sandpaper to sand down the tops, and you’re good to go.

Wooden room divider

Makes use of old wood by cutting large, rough-edged planks from logs. Planks can be cleverly joined together to look as if your divider was cut from one large tree. To make yours fully functional, place it on rollers so that it can be easily moved from place to place.

Corner bookcase

An old log with no bark can be used to create a support for a unique corner bookshelf. Cut the wood in cut in a diamond shape to maximise space. Creating a quirky and unusual centrepiece for your living room, this is a great way to store all those books you haven’t got around to reading yet – and best of all, all you’ll need is a few old logs and some nails.

Log coat rack

Slices of wood that vary in size can be used to make up a rustic, log cabin-inspired backdrop for a coat rack. Cut irregular circles of wood in different sizes to create interest and give it a varied texture. A simple wooden plank stained in a dark brown can be used to mount old-fashioned coat hooks and then fixed on top of your log background. If you’re a fan of the Alpine environment then it’s the perfect home décor choice for you.

Storage box with Home letters and flowers in a pot on wooden background, home rustic decor, cottage living
A rustic touch might not be the first thing to spring to mind when planning on creating a luxurious home, but bringing the outdoors indoors can be a great way to add a little character and charm

Drinks coasters

If you’re new to crafting with wood and would prefer to start with something simple, hardwood drinks coasters are a quick and easy make. Simply slice rounds of wood from an old log, sand to remove any rough edges and finish with a wood stain for a more polished look and feel. Place on your coffee table when guests come round for a unique and stylish home accent that is certain to impress.

Wooden herb garden

If you’re someone who enjoys growing your own herbs at home, then a wall-mounted wooden herb garden is both practical and stylish. Create log slices and label with the names of your herbs, then fix small mason jars onto them and plant your herbs inside. This space-saving make will help you to minimise clutter on your surfaces as well as creating a pretty display – perfect for a country kitchen.

When it comes to wooden home décor, as with most things in life, the less is more approach will serve you well. Choose one or two simple accents to bring life into your home, and combine with modern furnishings and opulent fabrics to maintain that luxurious feel.