Until recently, exposed materials were used in a very specific space—namely, industrial or loft style homes. But today, all sorts of homes are incorporating exposed brick, beams, and other materials. “Exposed materials add an incredibly rich dimension to homes of any style,” says Mark Molthan.
This change reflects a growing appreciation for the relationship between form and function. By uncovering the brass tacks, homeowners have shown a renewed appreciation for how things are made.
The growing popularity of raw materials is also a natural result of tastes shifting away from ornamental design. Even homes with a more traditional feel are adopting the kind of clean lines and simplicity once common only to modern homes. But these new spaces are anything but plain. In lieu of elaborate patterns, many new homes are feature structural materials like polished concrete, and exposed brick and ceilings beams.
Reclaimed wood also makes an elegant material for interiors while adding a piece of history to the newest of homes. The master suite pictured above uses wood repurposed from several different sources. The ceiling beams were once part of a barn; the wood used for the double doors had a previous life as a train car.
“Raw materials contribute one of the most significant elements of design: texture,” Mark explains. “By combining the textures of wood, brick, concrete, and other materials, we are able to create interiors that are dynamic and elegant rather than overwhelming or old-fasioned.”
On the House with Mark Molthan