Cheap home Building materials
The interior design world isn't lacking in options—we've perhaps never had better access to a range of raw materials and technologically advanced surfaces—but sometimes the most interesting options are right under our noses. As in, on the shelves at your local hardware store. As proven by some of the best in the business, what are commonly thought of as cheap building materials (plywood, cinder blocks, etc.) can actually be made glamorous if put on display. Below, eight inexpensive raw materials that can transform the look and feel of your interior—for the better.
While technically unglamorous—it's a bunch of glued-together sheets of wood veneer—plywood is actually formidable: Each layer is alternated 90 degrees to increase durability, and an odd number of them in total reduces warping. Plus, it looks nice and costs little, and can be a smart choice for designing built-ins and shelving without the price tag of a finer grain.
In a Connecticut home designed by Miles Redd, a cork wall covering lines the playroom, which contains a Saarinen table by Knoll.