Wood floors throughout the house open up the space. Barn door in farmhouse homeWhen some people think of using wood in interior design, they may think of a rustic cabin filled with antlers or the paneling in your grandmother’s basement rec room from 1976.  However, wood can be an essential element to design. By strategically placing wood throughout a space, you can make a small room look bigger, add needed contrast, and divert the eye exactly where it should go.  The key is to embrace wood accents like wainscoting, flooring, furniture, and window treatments without overindulging.