Wood veneer in home interiors

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Wood veneer has been used in interior decoration for centuries in the form of decorative veneers and plywood. The Dutch used veneers in the 17th century and in the 18th century, European cabinet makers sold high quality veneered furniture in various styles. By the 19th century, the piano industry in America and Europe had become a heavy consumer of decorative veneers, a practice that continues today.

What has changed over the centuries when it comes to wood veneer is the design trend. Different woods have enjoyed popularity in certain periods of time. Each design movement tends to have its preferences when it comes to coloring, grain, figure, and species.

During the 1920s, for example, high-end French Art Deco furniture was made from ebony, burl walnut, maple or ash. More recently, plywood has gained popularity in Australia. Until a few years ago, plywood was only used as a substrate; however, improvements to its appearance and the trend towards more industrial interiors paved the way for its use in interior fittings.

Besides veneer furniture, there are many other ways to incorporate wood veneer into your home. Wood injects a certain warmth and beauty that is difficult to reproduce with synthetic materials.

Some ideas for incorporating wood veneer into your home design:

  • Indoor and outdoor kitchen furniture
  • Cabinet doors and shelves
  • Interior doors
  • Paneling
  • Built-in shelves, for example an entertainment center or shelves
  • Ceiling functionality
  • Custom carpentry

Matilda Veneer can provide you or your designers with expert advice regarding sunlight, humidity and wear to ensure your veneer will stand the test of time.


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