Just like a coat of white paint, light timber flooring and decking can add a fresh, neutral canvas for interior design schemes and landscaping. As a natural material, timber also helps to create a sense of tranquillity. Timbers from the ‘blonde palette’ are an attractive option for renovators wanting to create a sense of openness and space. Lighter timber species, such as Blackbutt, Messmate or Stringybark, can help open up a small living area to make it appear larger. While darker timber species need lots of artificial or natural light, pale timbers can pick up and accentuate available light.
Whether traditional, country or modern, timber in lighter shades can add a fresh touch to any design. You can create a contemporary Scandinavian look with Blackbutt species; or fashion a French provincial feel with a lighter shade such as Stringybark. And consider using the same species for both timber flooring and decking to create a flow from indoors through to outdoors, another way to give an illusion of more space.
Boral’s timber flooring and decking is available in a range of Australian species. Blackbutt has natural fire resistant properties and can be used in bush-fire prone areas rated up to BAL 29. If you want to install a DIY timber deck consult the Timber Development Association’s Decking Design Guide, which outlines key design and construction considerations for light domestic timber decks. It is available for download at www.timber.net.au.
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