What’s trending in timber design?

An essential element of the quintessential Australian home – traditional or modern – timber is justly celebrated for its beauty, versatility, and durability. These qualities have enticed architects builders, interiors, and homeowners the warm, naturalhues of timber in designer, bold ways. Where timber was once just for internal structures such as flooring, furniture, or cabinets, it is now becoming a standout feature in the exterior and interior design of homes.

With natural timber highlighted as the defining residential architectural feature this year, we bring you the top 5 timber design trends of 2022.

The Top 5 Timber Design Trends of 2022

Timber Design Trend #1 Natural Connection

Connecting with nature by walking through local bushland or forestry, your surroundings teaming with life and seeming to breathe with every rustle of the leaves, is guaranteed to make you happy. Biophilia is rooted in this human affinity for nature. In 2022, we are seeing the rise of biophilic design – the practice of connecting people and nature within our built environments – as homeowners invite the outside environment inside. Timber’s unrivalled ability to offer a natural aesthetic and an immediate connection with nature that imbues a sense of wellbeing is expected to increase its popularity in interior and exterior designs.

Timber Design Trend #2 Curved Appeal

In every piece of art, there is an appreciation for curves that mirror the organic forms of nature. Curved forms are currently experiencing a renaissance in residential architecture. Enticing to the eye and adding a softness and elegance to a home’s exterior or interior, we predict the newfound obsession with curved surfaces, and in particular, curved timber surfaces, will continue. From rounded, paneled fascia and curved edges on timber kitchen benches and internal walls, to timber arches, doorways and windows, we’ve only seen the beginning of this trend.

Timber Design Trend #3 Timber Panels and Patterns

Horizontal patterns and symmetrical vertical panels are passé. In 2022, we expect architects to think outside the box and use different widths of timber and uneven spacing to create unique patterns and configurations. In 2021, many award-winning homes heralded significant innovation in the use of timber in residential architecture as large expanses of contemporary homes were clad in natural timber. We predict 2022 will take this even further with cladded facades crafted from Australian hardwood enveloping the home, and paneling artfully concealing garage doors. Inside, paneled timber walls and ceilings, room dividers and solid timber beams evoke a Mid-Century Modern vibe.

Timber Design Trend #4 Holiday-at-Home Outdoor Living Spaces

Outdoor living spaces are a hallmark of Australian architecture, as we know from the classic ‘veranda out the back’. Off the back of COVID lockdowns, travel restrictions and many working from home, Aussies are investing in making their everyday home feel like a holiday getaway. From expansive entertainment areas with impressive outdoor kitchens, decks and pool areas, to seating areas and timber-clad garden studios/ home offices, we’re making our homes our sanctuaries. Whether chasing the high-end lifestyle or simply for function, timber remains the number one choice to take you from home to holiday.

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