Timber veneer has been used in interior design for centuries in the form of decorative veneers and plywood. The Dutch were using veneers in the 17th century and by the 18th century European cabinetmakers were selling high quality veneered furniture in various styles. By the 19th century, the piano industry in America and Europe had become a major consumer of decorative veneers, a practice that continues even today.

What has changed over the centuries, with regard to timber veneer, is the design trend. Different timbers have enjoyed popularity in certain time periods. Each design movement tends to have its preferences with regard to colouring, grain, figure and specie.

During the 1920s, for example, high-end French Art Deco furniture was made from Ebony, burl Walnut, Maple or Ash. More recently plywood has had a surge in popularity in Australia. Until a few years ago, plywood was used only as a substrate; however, improvements to its appearance and the trend for more industrial interiors have paved the way for its use in fit-outs.

Aside from veneered furniture, there are many other ways that you can incorporate timber veneer into your home. Timber injects a certain warmth and beauty that is hard to replicate with manmade materials.

Some ideas for integrating timber veneer into your home design:

  • Kitchen cabinetry interior and exteriors
  • Wardrobe doors and shelving
  • Interior doors
  • Wall panelling
  • In-built shelving e.g. entertainment centre or bookshelves
  • Ceiling feature
  • Bespoke joinery

Matilda Veneer can provide you or your designers with expert advice with regard to sunlight, moisture, and wear and tear to ensure your veneer will stand the test of time.