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What makes wood beautiful?

What makes wood beautiful?

Wood is a justifiably unique material. As well as being renewable and sustainable, it is incredibly strong and versatile.

It feels good to the touch and smells good too, yet the most beautiful thing about it is it’s visual appearance.

It enhances almost everything – stone, glass, textiles and metal to name but a few. Ultimately though, nothing makes wood more beautiful than simply using wood on its own. 

Each collection that we source at PLAANK has different characteristics and appeal, and even within each product range, no two wood panels are ever the same.

That is the understated beauty of wood.


A wood’s colour is achieved due to the infiltrates, sometimes referred to as the extractives, that the tree draws from the soil where it grows. This is the primary reason why there can be so much variation in colour across the same species of wood. Once sawn, the colour of the wood can change when exposed to both light and air.

Ortler Oak, with a slightly muted, almost limed appearance will add a modern twist to any interior space and provide the perfect backdrop for many colour schemes, whether bold or more subdued.


Whilst many of us refer to the ‘grain of wood’ as the naturally occurring pattern we see, technically that’s wrong! The term ‘grain’ actually means the orientation of the wood cells, and in general there are six types of grain including straight, irregular, interlocked and wavy.

Yellowstone Scorched panels exquisite appearance is achieved using the ancient art of Japanese Shou-Sugi-Ban. The wood surface is burned which both preserves and gives the surface its distinct finish.


This is the correct term for the surface pattern of the wood and depicts the key feature of the woods’ finish. An interlocked grain occurs when successive layers of growth run in different directions, causing effects known as ‘Birds-Eye’ or ribboning.

The colour of Red Rock Grey, from our Reclaimed range is achieved by the natural aging process of the weather. From cool grey tones to warmer, almost reddish hues, Red Rock Grey will create a focal point in any interior space.


Characteristic knots tend to be formed in one of two ways…

Tight knots form around a branch growing out of the main tree trunk. As the tree expands, the trunk material builds up and the knot becomes contain within. Loose knots form when a branch becomes injured. Although similar in formation to tight knots, the centre of the knot is made up of dead wood.

Bregenz Bronze Oak wall panelling features a stunning array of knots, indicative of the beauty and charm of oak.

These wall panels, along with the many others in the PLAANK range are a sure way to make your new interior turn heads! Why not order samples of some of your favourites today and see for yourself how beautiful wooden wall panels really are!




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