Weathered, reclaimed, and restored furniture and furnishings have seen a huge boom in popularity in the last year, especially anything involving rugged, upcycled wood surfaces. From reclaimed factory furniture for an industrial style to a more eclectic, cottage-like flea market chic, practical antiques and innovative restorations have become must-have decor items. But you don’t have to be a swap-meet maven to get this look in your own home. Many manufacturers and designers, like Nuevo, have started offering high-end lines that feature reclaimed wood elements, making it possible to get a restoration style without having to do any of the legwork yourself.
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While the table top is obviously the star of a reclaimed wood dining table, that doesn’t mean you should ignore the legs. In fact, choosing different types of legs can have a huge impact on the overall appearance of the table and the look and feel of the space. Machine shop, A-leg style metal legs will give a table a very distinctive, industrial look and feel. Basic wood legs in the same material as the table top will create a more rustic, hand-hewn look that’s good for a cottage or farmhouse style. And more modern legs – either stainless steel, chrome, or even just something with a simple, distinctive geometric shape can make even a very rough table top feel like a natural addition to a contemporary space.
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Factory chairs are a natural pair for more industrial style reclaimed wood tables, not only to match the turn of the century warehouse look, but also because these chairs often incorporate similar elements on a smaller scale. Reclaimed wood seats and chair backs have the same practical feel and pleasantly tactile quality as a reclaimed wood tabletop, while the functional metal elements help echo that machine-shop look and feel.
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For a more rustic style, consider pairing a reclaimed wood dining table with a matching wood bench on one side. Bench style seating has become a popular option for more casual dining room setups, as the seating is both more relaxed and more flexible. Having a bench on one side and chairs on the other creates a pleasantly asymmetrical look that lends to a table’s laid back feel, and with a very rustic tabletop and bench, this can even evoke the ultra-casual feel of a picnic table, which is a great way to add a more natural element to your space.
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Of course, reclaimed wood surfaces can come in all shapes and sizes, which means you can get much more than just a dining set in this style. Reclaimed wood accent tables range all the way from generous card tables down to the smallest side tables, with every shape and size in between. Nuevo offers an impressive variety of styles, from something like a fairly basic square table to nightstands, bar tables, and even drafting tables and desks.
Reclaimed wood coffee tables are also a popular choice, specifically ones made to look like factory carts. Designed to mimic dollies used to move large, heavy objects in warehouses, these tables have simple, low-lying tabletops mounted on several large metal wheels that are designed to turn and pivot easily. Ones designed for use specifically as coffee tables usually have wheels that lock, so you won’t have to worry about them moving out of place, but even so they have a really lovely, almost whimsical industrial look that makes them a gorgeous centerpiece for a living room.
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Reclaimed wood has also found its way into bedroom design, primarily in the form of large, decorative headboards or even full bed frames. Unlike some reclaimed wood surfaces, these tend to be very smooth and well sanded to prevent snags and splinters, and instead use the natural variation in the wood – both in terms of color and grain – to lend a very basic design a more elegant air. Simple stacked planks have a more rustic feel, while boards arranged in a pattern look more classic, but both offer an incredibly simple, effective way to add a reclaimed wood accent to your bedroom.
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