Colorful Histories: Reclaimed Wood Designs by R & R Designworks

November 08, 2012

What colors come to mind when you visualize reclaimed wood designs?

Using reclaimed wood for a custom project is a wonderful and eco-friendly way to create furniture and installations with unique backstories.  The past lives of reclaimed wood, whether it was once part of a barn, a factory, or even a favorite tree struck by lightning, add character and a historical dimension to new custom creations.

Do “history” and “the past” evoke drab, fading colors?

Wear and tear and natural weathering are part of reclaimed wood's charm, but that doesn't mean you have to sacrifice a rich color palette for reclaimed wood designs.

When Dallas-based CustomMade artisan Sarah Reiss of R & R Designworks created this amazing reclaimed wood wall installation for her home, she chose to work with painted boards, some originally from a high school gym floor, instead of gray boards.  As Sarah explained in a Dallas Morning News article, “I just went with my gut and tried not to overthink it.”

For your custom project, you and your gut can choose from many types of reclaimed wood with colorful histories from many different sources.  Sarah Reiss will find them.  She specializes in using reclaimed wood and other salvaged materials to create “aspirational art installations and furniture pieces that express wit and individuality” for her customers.  Her passion for experimenting with materials takes her to demolition sites across the country in search of “old material to make new again,” anything from salvaged bowling alley lanes to wainscoting to rescued live edge wood.

Take a closer look at some of Sarah'€™s stunning reclaimed wood designs featured in the R & R Designworks CustomMade portfolio and start dreaming in color about your own custom furniture or installation project.

Get in touch with Sarah and discuss reclaimed wood designs and ideas for your home.