Colin Cadle Photography, original photo on Houzz

Makeover Your Mantel


1. Coastal chandelier. Smooth, light driftwood is a winner in decor because it works with every color scheme. This expensive-looking chandelier was actually made by the homeowner.


Sara Bederman Design, original photo on Houzz

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2. Rustic floor lamp. For the less handy among us, it’s never a bad idea to leave lighting to the pros. This driftwood floor lamp, purchased from Trianon Design in Toronto, might be a good option.


Fabrizia Frezza Architecture & Interiors, original photo on Houzz


4. Dramatic in planters. Using driftwood vertically in planters can be as natural as using trees or plants, but it’s less conventional. These planters make a grand statement against such a simply decorated backdrop, and their slight variations in form give a healthy twist to the symmetry.


Jodie G. Designs, original photo on Houzz


6. Hardy heart. Its neutrality doesn’t mean that driftwood must always be cast in a supporting role. When layered in multiples, it can become the thread that ties everything else together. A material like driftwood — which can be found in many shapes, sizes, species and textures —lends itself easily to artful and varied combinations.


Hilary Walker, original photo on Houzz

A Favorite Material: Groovy Driftwood


8. Awesome for air plants. Not only can you mount driftwood as art, but you can plant greenery in it too. 


Gardner Architects LLC, original photo on Houzz


10. Exterior excellence. You can use a driftwood stain to get a weathered look on a home’s exterior. Choosing a material whose aesthetic appeal lies in its aged appearance ensures that the structure can’t help but age gracefully. Furthermore, the building looks rooted in time and place, which can be a difficult feat for angular modernist homes.