There is nothing more relaxing and comforting than a warm fire in your home when it is freezing outside.
Winters can be quite harsh, especially for people living in places where these months bring ice-covered roads, freezing winds, and mountains of snow. A strong winter storm can knock out all the power lines in your town and leave you without heat or lights.
That’s why it’s always important to keep a supply of firewood in your home.
Beyond just keeping you warm during the cold season, a good fire creates a cozy atmosphere that’s perfect for spring and autumn days, as well. And, of course, the firewood itself can serve several other functions, such as improving your interior decorations.
Using firewood for decoration purposes has become a very popular trend. In fact, most interior designers are coming up with new ways to improve the décor of houses using firewood. Firewood brings warmth and a feeling of nature to your home that can be difficult to introduce with other materials. It also adds an inviting natural aroma. So, here are some factors to consider before using firewood as a decoration in your home.
Factors to Consider Before Storing Firewood in Your Home
The Length of the Firewood
Logs can come in all shapes and sizes, so make sure you consider the length and width of the wood you want.
The most common length for firewood is about 16 inches, but if you want to display the firewood in a space that is 12 inches deep or 20 inches deep you will need to cut the wood yourself or work with your supplier.
Make sure that all the decorative woods are cut evenly and cleanly. The decorative firewood must have the same length, but different widths and shapes will look great.
The Type of Decorative Hardwood to Use
Instead of using just one type of wood, decorate your home using a wide variety of hardwoods. Mixed logs are ideal for display since an assortment of different firewood with varying colors and thicknesses can add a different look and texture to your interior design.
How to Avoid Bugs and Musty Smells
Quality logs can add a beautiful aroma to your home. Fresh, clean wood awakens the senses as soon as you enter the room.
However, you will want to avoid green firewood and seasoned firewood because they can contain pests, fungus, and molds that will create a musty aroma that nobody wants (and bringing bugs inside is always a bad idea!)
So, if you want to introduce a fresh aroma in your house, make sure you use logs that have been dried in a kiln. At Cutting Edge Firewood, all of our firewood has been placed in the kiln for over 48 hours at 250 Degrees. This rigorous process gets rid of any fungus, mold, and bugs. Not only will this dry wood create a cleaner and more attractive decoration, but it will also burn better when you light a fire.
How to Decorate Your Home With Firewood
Decorating the living room with firewood has become a popular trend, and some designs are quite straightforward.
Inspire, Design & Create states that you can improve your living room on any budget and still store firewood inside the house for the cold season.
A stack of wood can be turned into a unique artful display that adds style and texture. So here are some beautiful and practical designs you can use to decorate your home using firewood.
Use the Vertical Columns in the Living Room
If you want to move all of your firewood indoors, you can do so by turning the elegant columns in your house into beautiful pieces of art.
Storing firewood in the vertical columns has become a favorite design option in many contemporary homes. While some of these columns can reach to the roof, others are crafted to fit your room’s style and dimension.
Since these columns are immovable, it’s best to build your floor-to-ceiling firewood storage near your fireplace. This way, you can easily access the logs during winter. Some vertical columns are quite tall, and you can’t reach the wood at the top without a ladder. But they’re worth the trouble since floor-to-ceiling wood storage can change the entire look of your home.
You can also turn those forgotten corners into beautiful storage nooks.
Store the Firewood in a Basket or Nook Near the Fireplace
Even though it’s quite common, storing your firewood next to the wood-burning stove is not safe.
Fire and Rescue Teams advise people against storing anything combustible, including wood, next to the woodstove. Storing it next to the hot surface of the wood burners is a major cause of house fires.
Instead, store wood in baskets or alcoves near the fireplace, but at a safe distance. This is one of the simplest DIY methods of storing firewood. You can store it in beautiful vintage containers or baskets and place them strategically near the fireplace. The baskets should blend perfectly with the look and feel of the firewood display.
Cabinet or Bookshelf Replacement
If you have a large built-in storage unit in your living room, you can convert the lower cabinets into beautiful firewood holders.
Simply remove the doors of one or more of the cabinets and arrange the cut logs inside to create a convenient and attractive style that will improve your interior décor.
Just make sure that all of the logs are the same length and can fit comfortably in the cabinet.
You can also use bookshelves in the same way!
Choose an Elegant Firewood Rack
There are many wood racks on the market that can fit with your interior décor.
These come in different sizes and designs, for both indoor and outdoor use. A wood and metal combo can be an excellent addition to a home with a modern industrial design.
Cutting Edge Firewood delivers our standard cut 16” firewood to local customers in a sleek, patent-pending metal rack that fits nicely into interior spaces. The rack is 2’ wide and 4’ tall and extremely sturdy.
It looks great inside or out, and when you take advantage of our complimentary delivery artisan service, we can place the rack anywhere you choose.
How to Beautify the Decorative Logs
Decorative log displays can be stunning on their own, but you can also add some final touches that will improve the look of your entire fireplace:
- Install some fairy lights around the stack of logs to add a pretty twinkle.
- Repaint the surrounding wall with a color that matches your firewood display or build a stone fireplace that blends perfectly with the logs.
- If you’re using bookshelves, try alternating rows, one with firewood and the next with books, pictures, or art.
If you are looking for a trusted provider of firewood that is safe for both interior and exterior decorating, then look no further than Cutting Edge Firewood. Feel free to contact us with any questions you might have, we love talking firewood! Visit our online store or shop popular options below: