Interior decoration and garden building new sources of demand for wood

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Individual decorating designs are easy to implement with wood


Consumers are choosing wood because of its individualistic and aesthetic appearance. Genuine wood surfaces are products of nature and as such make suitably unique decoration elements. Wood products can be used to highlight surfaces and alter the appearances ofspaces. Light wood species and surface treatments suit small and poorly lit spaces while darker species and tones go well with spacious and light-filled rooms. Horizontal paneling gives the ceilings of tall rooms a lower look while vertical panelling creates the appearance of height in low-ceilinged spaces.


Wood can be used for effect on surfaces that customers want to highlight. Plywood interior decoration panels can be used to soften large, uniform wall and ceiling surfaces. Wood products are very adaptable and can be combined with either each other or with other decoration materials.


Wood products are available both for interior decorators with traditional tastes and for those with more individualistic streaks. The range is constantly expanding and products that differ from standard profiles are also coming on the market. Many old classics, such as certain types of panels, are coming back on sale. Several interior panelling profiles are nowadays being manufactured from hardwoods in addition to the more usual softwood species.


In addition to untreated wood products, industrially surface-treated alternatives are also available. Different light tones of gloss and wax treatments are becoming more popular alongside the traditional painted alternative; these colour the surface of wood, but also retain its natural texture and look.


Wood increases the comfort of living


Wood is a natural material and has properties that affect the comfort of living. The humidity of indoor air has a perceptible impact on the quality of air and this can make a house feel more or less cosy. Wood surfaces balance the humidity of indoor air by binding moisture and releasing it when the air dries. Wood products facilitate the maintaining of an ideal, 30-60% level of relative humidity. If relative humidity exceeds 60% for a lengthy period of time, bacteria, mould and dust mites will thrive. The risk of developing respiratory infections increases if, on the other hand, relative humidity is below 30%. Poor indoor air has been identified as one of the most common factors behind allergies.



Interior surfaces also affect the acoustics of a home. Uniformly hard surfaces will result in an echo that many find quite disturbing. Soft wood surfaces have uneven surface structures that make it easier to create pleasing acoustics.



Spending on garden building and balcony decoration increasing


The popularity of garden decorating is increasing in Central Europe and the market is expected to grow at an annual pace of 15%. Finns also consider their gardens and balconies to be a part of their homes and want to make them as cosy as possible, so that they can be used as functioning spaces for rest and relaxation. Impressive looks are becoming more and more important in gardens as well and this is opening up opportunities for various product concepts. In addition to an exciting appearance, garden owners are looking for practical and straightforward solutions.


Finnish constructors have begun to build urban housing areas in which the units are predominantly small-scale and this is leading to an increase in the demand for garden building and furniture solutions, especially when gardens are treated as living spaces already in the design phase. This trend should also lead to an increase in the demand for wood products. Wood is a popular outdoor material because of its pleasing appearance, ease of use and warmth as a material. Finnish wood species and grades are excellent materials for use in the manufacture of yard and garden products. The overwhelming majority of raw materials used for outdoor products are, and will continue to be, pine and spruce. Wood is renewable and the ecological alternative for building; cared for properly, it will retain its beauty for generations.


In Finland, traditional yard and garden building wood products include fences, terraces, gates, swings, play cabins, furniture, jetties and barbeque huts as well as roofing for parking spaces and waste disposal. New products coming onto the market include items that are traditional parts of gardens in Central Europe, such as pergolas, wall structures, level surfaces and gazeboes.