The not-so-secret secret of today’s most compelling spaces is, in a word, wood. These days, designers are celebrating wood’s natural beauty with more than floors and furniture. They’re also choosing chic accessories, accents and even fabrics (think faux bois) that, shall we say, go with the grain. Their highly figured and texture-rich patterns are taking root in all styles of rooms.


Shou Sugi Ban (or Yakisugi) is a centuries-old Japanese technique that preserves wood by charring or searing it with fire. Today, architects and design pros embrace the treatment for the dark color, iridescent sheen and pronounced gator-like grain it gives to everything from walls and architectural elements to one-of-a-kind accessories and art pieces.

Charred bust, $225, and pine bust, $54, Glass House, SLC


Real or replicated, wood is a natural at home.

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