What Comes After Slatted Wood? We Asked 5 Designers
Timber is here to stay, but in new forms.
Published Apr 1, 2022 1:01 AM
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From the lobby walls of Kelly Wearstler’s Austin Proper hotel to upcycled IKEA dressers, slatted wood is the texture of the moment. The French treatment, also called tambour, is essentially a series of long strips of timber connected by a thin backing. Not only is it an easy way to add visual interest and warmth to an otherwise basic surface—you can find it at Amazon or your local hardware store—it’s relatively inexpensive (a 24-by-96-inch panel will run you about $130). Thanks to its flexible nature, the sheets adhere to seemingly anything—kitchen islands, coffee tables, and even bed frames—with just a bit of wood glue and a nail gun.
However, like any beloved trend, there comes a point where it’s a little too everywhere, sparking a craving for change. The time has come for slatted wood devotees to pass the baton to the next big thing. But what is that exactly? Domino tapped five interior designers to give us their predictions on what’s new and now.
Stone is up next, whether real or manufactured. People have seen the impact texture and warmth can have on a space and they’re looking for more ways to incorporate those elements. Natural materials like slate and marble give us a sought-after connection to nature, and they elevate any design. I think we’ll see it used increasingly to bring life to walls everywhere. —Breegan Jane, Breegan Jane Design
I’m seeing really bold use of natural stone patterns in kitchens, on tabletops, on furniture, and even in accessories. There are so many options (quartzite, onyx, different types of marble, soapstone). Why be boring? It’s not just about white quartz and Carrara marble anymore; there’s a definite trend toward more dramatic and unique stone. —Hema Persad, Hema Persad Design and Interiors
I think the trend will head in the opposite direction, and designers will opt for a more stripped-back style. Think: minimalist pine furniture—the likes of Vermont Shaker styles—or [pieces] inspired by designers such as Axel Einar Hjorth, Pierre Chapo, and Charlotte Perriand. —Amanda Medsger, Medsger Studio
There has been a rise of V-groove and beadboard on walls and even cabinets. Something I plan to incorporate more in upcoming projects are colorful stain finishes like green. —Monica Stewart, The Misfit House
I’ve been experimenting with painting wood so the grain shows through. Some people choose to hide the texture, but I love how the paint emphasizes the pattern. I’m using the technique on oak kitchen cabinets in a project right now. It’s very chic and adds dimension, creating a statement piece in any room. —Nicole Cohen, Nicole Cohen Art + Design