In our latest lookbook, we celebrate the versatility of wood with ten living rooms featuring walnut wainscoting, wood beams and wood window frames.
A wide variety of wood types were used for these projects, which showcase everything from lightly stained cedar cabinetry to dramatic vintage wall panels.
The material complements most styles of furniture and design, and adding wood elements to a living room can be an effective way to create warm and welcoming interiors.
This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series that provides visual inspiration to designers and design enthusiasts. Previous lookbooks include mezzanines, homes filled with artwork, and bold interiors that use color theory.
Malibu Surf Shack, USA, by Kelly Wearstler
Interior designer Kelly Wearstler has revamped Malibu Surf Shack into a bohemian retreat in a 1950s seaside cottage in Southern California.
The Broad Beach vacation home has a living room that retains its original woodwork, which blends perfectly with the color of its furniture. Vintage pieces, including mid-century Danish chairs, are mixed with contemporary elements.
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Dawnridge House, USA, by Field Architecture
Dawnridge House in Silicon Valley, California was designed around a giant oak tree that divides the house in half and features interior elements that reflect this wooden theme.
Designed by architectural firm Field Architecture, the home’s living room features large wood cabinetry to match the cedar slat walls that line the triangular courtyard to which the room opens.
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Holiday home, Iceland, by KRADS
Scandinavian studio KRADS has added a wooden living room to a vacation home on Lake Thingvallavatn in Iceland that echoes the property’s blackened wood cladding.
The bedroom has a sunken seating area surrounded by a built-in raised parquet floor. This provides additional seating in blocks that visitors can sit on and enjoy the panoramic view of the lake.
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Breezeway House, Australia, by David Boyle Architect
Located in Macmasters Beach, a coastal suburb north of Sydney, Australian studio David Boyle Architect’s Breezeway House has a wooden walkway that runs along its south side and matches the wooden slatted shutters that slide through the living room windows.
The living room of Breezeway House, unusually placed on the upper level rather than the lower level of the house, has been decorated with furnishings that complement the wooden shutters. Butterfly chairs in brown leather echo the shades of the shutters, as do a low sofa and a wooden table.
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Gallery apartment, Brazil, by BC Arquitetos
Walnut wood paneling creates a calming backdrop for this São Paulo apartment by Brazilian studio BC Arquitetos which houses a collection of mid-20th-century art.
Entirely wrapped in dark walnut, the apartment’s wood theme continues in the living room with designer Jorge Zalzupon’s Petala wood coffee table, which resembles an upside-down flower. A curved gray sofa adds a soft, contrasting shape to the more angular furnishings in the room.
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The Barn, Australia, by Paul Uhlmann Architects
Australian office Paul Uhlmann Architects added wooden sliding screens to the living room of this barn-like vacation home in Brisbane aptly named The Barn.
A wooden farmhouse table and chairs blend into the gabled wooden roof of the living space. The leather and wood sofas match the natural wood color of the beams and walls of the room, which can be fully opened to the outside.
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Chalet Muskoka, Canada, by Ali Budd Interiors
A veranda with cozy wooden window frames offers panoramic views of the Muskoka District at this Ontario vacation cottage, which Toronto-based Ali Budd Interiors has transformed from a dated log cabin.
Called the Muskoka Room, the living space features curved wooden walls. A bespoke gray sofa sits next to a coffee table by Garcia Group, and vintage rugs and Moroccan ottomans by Mellah Rugs decorate the floor.
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London House, England, by Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture
London studio Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture chose a combination of brick and wood for the interiors of this two-story house in the south of the city, which features large wooden beams in the living room.
The light wood floors and cabinetry in the room contrast with the burgundy tiles in the kitchen which is next door, as the two spaces are merged without the presence of a dividing wall.
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La Extraviada, Mexico, by Em-Estudio
The living room of this Oaxacan vacation home is flanked by delicate floor-to-ceiling wooden shutters designed to shield the sun and keep the space cool.
Designed by Mexico City-based architecture firm Em-Estudio, the home’s living room doubles as a dining room and features a bright landscape painting that provides a colorful contrast to the dark wood furniture.
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The artist residency Loghaven, USA, by Sanders Pace Architecture
Comprised of new buildings and historic log cabins, Loghaven Artist Residency by Sanders Pace Architecture in Tennessee includes a living room in one of its buildings with wood-paneled ceilings that complement the surrounding views of the woods.
A fireplace leaning against a stone wall and a large patterned rug contrast with the wooden elements and add to the warm ambiance of the cabin living space. The luxurious beige color of the Barcelona daybed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the bedroom makes it blend into the wooden floor and ceiling.
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This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing visual inspiration curated from Dezeen’s image archive. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring concrete living rooms, spa-like bathrooms, and terrazzo kitchens.