Material trend: plywood has gone domestic

Previously the domain of building sites, plywood has gone domestic and its use in the place of plasterboard has become a new trend in the last few years.

Plywood kitchen, bathroom cabinetry and wardrobes are blowing up all over Pinterest and Instagram. Plywood can give a fresh and contemporary look to any interior and has a natural beauty imbued with texture and warmth.

But plywood is not only an insta-dream: the material is a great choice because it is affordable and strong. Plywood is a composite material manufactured from thin layers of wood veneer that are glued together with adjacent layers having their wood grain rotated up to 90 degrees to one another. This alternation has several benefits, for example it reduces the tendency of wood to split when nailed at the edges, it reduces expansion and shrinkage, providing improved dimensional stability. So it is an economic but very strong option.

Plywood can also be used for kitchen or bathroom cabinetry, just make sure to choose a plywood that can be appropriate for high-moisture areas and ensure it’s finished with the right product.

Even if affordable, plywood it is far from looking like a cheap material: the trick is to let the warm, woody grain become the star of the show.

How to combine plywood?

Plywood is perfect in “Nordic style” interiors. The plywood brings warmth and coziness and a natural feeling and, the clear color, helps amplifies the light. It is a perfect match with the typical neutral colors of the Scandinavian style and also with pastel colors.

Plywood is also perfect to give an industrial feel to your interior, especially when combined with a concrete floor and steel elements.

Another characteristic I love about plywood is the laid back feel, so I found it perfect for example for a beach home or for the house of a young family.

The clean look of the plywood can also be used in minimalist and sophisticated space, far from looking like a cheap option.

Let me know your thoughts about plywood. Would you used it in your house?


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