Wood in Interior Design: Solid&engineered woods

Wood in Interior Design: Why is it so popular?


Browse through any design or architecture magazine for fancy interiors. The most beautiful ones almost always have wood in interior design. Well, it can be the flooring, or wall finish or like in most cases, furniture. However it may be, you simply cannot ignore the presence of wood.

So now the obvious question is, why is wood so popular? To begin with, it is easily and in plenty, available in nature. Also, it is one of the earliest materials that humans used for construction and furniture,alongside stones.

But isn’t interior design all about looks? Yes of course! Looks AND function. So there are many types of woods and each has its own beauty and quality. Designers know this fact and they make the most of these in their trade. 

Also, there are many advantages. Wood is available in a variety of costs, looks, finishes and forms. And you can also carry out fine works like carving, tuning and sculpturing on it. Plus, in all its forms, it looks gorgeous in a space!

You simply cannot deny the elegance and warmth it ushers into your home!

Whether you are a designer or a commoner who simply wants to use wood in interior design, you should know about the basic wood products.

Wood in interior design: Types

Whenever you purchase wood or wood product, it is either a SOLID WOOD product or an ENGINEERED WOOD product. Read on to know what each of them means.

Solid Wood


When we talk about Solid wood, we are basically referring to different types of naturally growing trees that give us lumber. And this lumber goes through seasoning and other procedures to enhance its qualities and resistance to weather. 

Then, this seasoned wood is bought by your carpenter. He cuts it, shapes it, joins it and finishes its treatment. And after all that work, you get your solid wood furniture.

This seasoned wood can also be used to make panels, cabinetry works, doors, windows, door & window frames, showpieces, tabletops, veneering and so on.

The seasoning and procedure of finishing depends primarily on the wood that it is. Some common woods used in interior design are Teak, Rubber wood, Mahogany, Irul, Acacia, Pine, Walnut, Oak etc.


  • Since it is a natural material, it does not pose any health hazard.
  • Also, different looks owing to different grains, makes it look attractive.
  • In interior design, it adds warmth and elegance.
  • Available in a variety of budgets.
  • Good wood means longer durability, often life long.
  • Can be worked and shaped according to design.


  • The use in interior design/construction contributes to deforestation-not environmentally friendly.
  • It requires careful finish for durability, hence is expensive.
  • Issues like termites, rots, borers and decay.
  • Is prone to damage due to fire.

Engineered Wood


The disadvantages of solid wood, plus the urge of using even the basic woodwork wastes, lead to the formation of engineered wood. A lot of woodwork waste goes into making the different engineered wood products. Also, you can customize many of these products to your liking, without all the additional working issues.

Since a lot of these products are made in factory settings, the overhead charges are comparatively lower. Plus, you can use them to make almost anything that uses wood- so it is an excellent wood substitute.

You may use any of these in interior design, such as Plywood, particle board, block board, fiber board, Wood plastic composites etc.


  • It is economic.
  • Also, companies process these products for fungus/ termite/ borer resistance.
  • These are available in a variety of standard sizes and thicknesses.
  • Ready stocks make them easily available.
  • Many decorative touches in interior design, such as Jaali works, CNC cutting etc can be done.
  • You can give them any type of finish.


  • These are generally less durable than solid wood.
  • Certain products need careful maintenance, for eg, MDF cannot tolerate moisture.
  • Some products give in to sudden load or even hardware fixing or repair.

Well, if you search some more, you will find a lot of difference specific to each wood/engineered wood. Most of these have a big role to play in interior design. So, the next time you have a wood requirement, indulge in the varieties and then select the best!



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