Wood in architecture trends 2023

Sustainability & building with wood 

Environmental factors are no longer optional: they are a necessity. Especially in the construction sector, which accounts for 38% of CO2 emissions. Real wood has many advantages: it is sustainable, renewable and has a low carbon footprint. Basically, wood is strong, durable, and multi-purpose as it can be modified to look exactly as needed. Many forward-thinking cities have taken the initiative and started promoting wood as the favoured building material.

Biophilic design – connection to nature

In architecture and interior design, a trend is emerging based on the use of natural materials and living plants to better connect people with the outdoors. Many studies have shown that integrating biophilic design principles into those places where we live and work has the potential of improving our well-being, especially as we spend more time indoors and connected to the virtual world rather than the natural world. Biophilic design comes in many forms, from the use of natural materials such as wood and the creation of lush indoor gardens to the development of large transitional spaces that perfectly connect the indoors and outdoors.

Mixing and matching

Only because natural wood has a traditional look, it does not have to be conventional and lacking in inspiration. Never be afraid to break the mould and complement the classic look of wood cladding with a little twist: sometimes you need to think outside the box and create something surprising. Time to stimulate your creativity: mix and match for eye-catching results, providing depth to your façade whilst creating a beautiful interplay of shadows in changing light conditions. 

Creating contrasts

Elegant, bold, and modern. Wood cladding meets many needs architects and homeowners are looking for. A contemporary and minimalist look is given to buildings, allowing architecturally designed homes to stand out, whether the construction is in a fast-paced urban environment or surrounded by vibrant vegetation. Cladding is a striking complement for other materials such as concrete and can create a wonderful sense of depth, consistency as well as dynamic façades.

Making a statement

Give your walls all the attention they deserve! With some imagination, walls can become the focal point of the entire house! Wood slats can be used as an interior wall covering in modern, contemporary homes and offices. This is a good idea for those looking for both size and solidity. The walls have the power to be eye-catching without invading the entire room. Should you be looking to add an elegant finish to your modern design, then this could be the winner. After all, your room only has four walls: consider at least one of them!

Earthy and pastel colours

Colour does more than influence the way you think and feel. It lends striking character to any interior. You can combine complementary or similar colours: choose two, three or even more harmonious shades. Similarly, you can choose between a softer palette or bright tones with earth colours. Reflect your personality on the walls and let your home be your canvas! Then why not try combining painted walls and natural-coloured wood panelling – a great way to create a striking textural contrast.

Well-being at home

Although inspired by the pandemic, health and wellness trends reflect the long-term changes in society. This could be attending virtual yoga sessions with other people, jogging outdoors on your own, saving for a rainy day or building your own wellness sanctuary at home, complemented with a sauna. Caring for one’s physical and spiritual well-being has become a priority for many. Saunas have a strong tradition dating back many centuries (or perhaps even longer) and offer many benefits to mental and physical wellbeing, hence its growing popularity all around the world.