Wooden slats are a common sight in our modern homes. While it might seem like an exuberant choice purely for decor, they actually serve a lot of purposes while adding a luxurious look. Here are a few ideas and tips on using slats at home.
One of the best uses of wooden slats is in home exteriors. Having an open view into your garden might not always be an option, especially in densely populated areas. Slats provide privacy while allowing partially open views, connecting indoors to the outside. In case of homes that fully embrace the outdoors, slats can be used to create small enclosures or hide areas like the bedroom from a completely open view.
Wooden slats are also commonly used in fences around the house. The idea here is to have privacy while not obstructing light and air to pass through. This is a great alternative to brick walls, as the wooden slats are equally strong and can even be enforced with a metal frame for a stronger foundation.
It is quite common to use slats around staircases where you need to create a partition. They are in certain cases better than a balustrade or railings and add an interesting feature to your interiors. The difference in spacing of the slats can make a whole lot of difference, depending on if you want a more restricted or open view.
The slats also make the ceiling look higher, so around the stairs it will help in creating an illusion of a wider space.
In the bedroom, slats can be a great alternative to a headboard. They can provide more freedom in terms of defining your space and adding more segments to the room. Slats also look stunning and the warm wood tones add warmth to the decor.
If mounted directly on walls, slats can provide an easier alternative to dealing with an uneven surface. They also help in hiding pipes, ducts and air conditioner vents, to create a more refined look.
Since slats aid ventilation, they are good choice for cupboards, especially in more humid areas. The slats help in circulating the air which reduces any stinks and stuffiness. In humid regions, this will help in avoiding any mold that can otherwise ruin your clothes and accessories.
In bathrooms, slats are mostly used as a flooring to cover up the drainage and creating an interesting texture. They are also used to create partitions and hide the toilet from plain view. I think it is an easy to maintain option that creates a softer touch than a tiled wall and adds coziness to the space. Also, slats allow quick drying of the bathroom surfaces due to their design.
Using slats is an interesting way to hide certain areas. While you could easily have a wooden plank instead, using too much wood could makes the room look bulky and stuffed. Slats also double up as an interior decor, which makes it an impressive choice.
Slats are used on the ceiling mainly for hiding all the pipes and ducts, or as a replacement of bulkheads. The more popular choice for ceilings is gypsum which creates a clean minimal aesthetic. So if you want to create a more engaging look, slats might be a good choice. However, make sure you have high ceilings to work this look, as slats can make the room cramped otherwise.
Another popular use of slats is as a room divider. They provide semi privacy, while letting light pass through. Also, increasing the depth of the slats restricts views at certain angles. This is particularly useful in smaller homes or studio apartments where you need to create a balance between closed and open spaces.
Slats also add a softer touch to the interiors than using a solid brick wall. Another important thing to note is to avoid using horizontal slats which might make smaller spaces look more confined.
In the outdoors, slats are an interesting visual that complement the green gardens by adding a tropical look. They also provide partial shade and light, and of course provide privacy from the neighbors.
These simple wooden blocks have so much to offer, and are so versatile in their use and function. It could be fun to incorporate these in your next home renovation project.