How To Use Oak In Your Modern Home

Being one of the most hard-wearing and robust woods you can get, the use of oak within the home is a great idea – especially a family home where marks, spillages and knocks happen frequently. Oak doesn’t damage very easily and although it’s seen as a more traditional wood to use, there are some modern ways you can incorporate it within a new build home.


I love the rustic element of having real oak beams, especially in a new build property, but if you’re more likely to have a standard flat roof above your head then fear not, there are plenty of other ways you can utilise this light, durable wood in your current space.


A solid oak sideboard, for example, can give a room a contemporary edge when set against a dark wall. The key here, as seen above, is to keep it as minimal as possible – stick to three items, such as books, a lamp and a decorative accessory (this post by House Beautiful shares how to style your sideboard perfectly).


The openness of the kitchen above, meanwhile, keeps the oak light and fresh, with the central island providing much-needed storage.

Another way of incorporating oak into the home in a modern way is to invest in internal doors. A sliding barn door, for example, works really well with clean lines and white walls. An oak staircase, meanwhile, doesn’t always have to be traditional – how unique does this entrance wall look with the blend of concrete, slate and oak?

Unusual juxtapositions like oak and Moroccan-inspired tiles as seen in this bathroom shows how versatile oak really is.


When considering wooden furniture, long-lasting oak should definitely be a key consideration, especially with its unique grain pattern.

If you’re on the hunt for oak furniture yourself, then visit the showroom to check out the wide variety of styles we have on offer – from bedroom furniture to smaller pieces to update your living room, all of which are competitively priced.


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