Three Affordable Materials Making Their Mark in Interior Design

Affordable MaterialsWhether you are designing your first home or redecorating your current one, plywood, brick and wicker are increasingly popular for sprucing up the home.  After being hidden behind paint or plaster, these materials are now becoming staples for contemporary interior design.


The use of plywood has trended in interior design over the last few years. This year, Kiwi Architect Ken Crosson won the prestigious German Design Award 2018 for building his compact red iron house with an all-plywood and all-timber interior.

Using plywood provides a warm, natural texture which stands out if your house features minimalist finishes of steel and glass. Apply them as accents for your tables, kitchen tops and cabinets. Professional plywood distributors can provide hardwood and softwood ply with different colours and finishes, giving you more options to work with for your home design.


Using exposed bricks instead of smooth plastered walls can add a lot of texture and character to your home. Bricks can showcase a more industrial look which can match well with smoother elements such as metal and ceramic, or give a warm, rustic appearance.

White brick walls, for example, are highly versatile. They are prime spots for mounting televisions or hanging artwork, but they can also be a backdrop for a variety of furniture and appliances, helping highlight the colours of these items.


With the rising popularity of homes with a natural look, rattan and wicker are viable options for interior designers, especially with its abundance of textures and neutral colours. For example, a living room can change from looking like a business lounge into a warmer space by substituting black leather couches with rattan chairs.

Other decorative items include using wicker baskets as storage chests and hanging wicker lamps as light fixtures for dining areas or outdoor spaces.


Materials like plywood, brick and wicker are not only simple and stylish. They are affordable, can be produced sustainably in New Zealand, recycled after use and offer an appealing choice for interior designers and homeowners alike.


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