European Interior Design Wood

European  Interior Design Wood Properties

For interior design and decoration european interior design wood is displayed. The properties vary and some are hardwood or softwoods. When using veneers the hardwoods are generally suitable for horizontal surfaces with the softwoods better for vertical and low impact areas. If using european interior design woods on horizontal surfaces then if a softwood  ahigh impact polyurthene could be used or a glass top over the wood to reduce or even eliminate the inpact dents and scratches that can occur on table tops. As with all hardwoods European interior design woods take time to grow and are generally more expensive than the faster growing softwoods. For economy using both is an economical way of getting the desired finishes into an interior design without blowing the budget.

Types of European Interior Design Wood


– Hardwood

– White cream color timber

– Coarse texture

– Irregular grain

– Native of Europe

Uses – ideal for steam bending, veneers, decorative furniture

European interior design wood Ash



– Hardwood
– Straw brown color

– Timber has a similar appearance to oak

Uses – steam bending, interior woodwork, paneling and veneers
Chestnut interior design veneer


Elm (Wych Elm)

– Hardwood

– Light brown color timber with an occasional green tinge

– It has a straight grain

Uses – veneer, interior joinery
European interiordesign wood oak

Oak (European)

– Hardwood

– Timber color is yellow/brown

– Visible pattern

– Coarse Texture

– Sometimes silver gray grain

Uses – internal and external joinery, veneers and furniture
European interior design wood oak


– Hardwood

– Timber color is a light pinkish brown

– Straight grain fine texture

Uses – ideal for steam bending, furniture, veneers



– Softwood

– Large Tree 40-60m in height

– Native to North and Central Europe/Russia

– The heartwood is yellowish brown and is non durable

– The Sapwood is a lighter brown

– It has a straight grain

– Is relatively free from knots

– It has a natural resilience to insect and fungal attack

– Has prominent growth rings

Uses – matched lining, rusticated weatherboarding, flooring
European interior design wood larch

Scots Pine

– Softwood

– The heartwood is dark brown

– The sapwood is close to white

– Straight grain

– Relatively free of knots

Uses – cladding, joinery, flooring, structural work
European interior design wood Scots Pine


– Hardwood

– Timber is a white/brown color

– Smooth surface

Uses – very popular for plywood furniture
European interior design wood Birch

Walnut (European)

– Hardwood

– Timber color is a warm gray brown

– It has very dark markings

Uses – veneers for furniture and paneling
European interior design wood Walnut


– Softwood

– Timber color is straw pink

– It has a very wavy grain

Uses – Veneers, furniture and decorative joinery

European interior design wood Yew

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South America


Pakistan / India / Burma / Sri Lanka / Malaysia / Indonesia

Australia / New Zealand / Pacific Islands

Canada / USA

Another source of types of timber veneer

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