SHOU SUGI BAN

I’m always on the lookout for innovative finish materials, especially chemical-free ones. Today’s design element is both of these and it also comes in my favorite accent color…black! It’s called Shou Sugi Ban and the way it’s produced is as interesting as the product itself. Shou Sugi Ban is an ancient Japanese wood finishing technique that preserves wood by charring it with fire. How cool is that? I’m totally obsessed with Shou Sugi Ban right now. I can’t wait to work it in to some of my design projects. Let’s take a look at some great design ideas featuring this unique material.

The dark black tones of Shou Sugi Ban creates the perfect contrast for accents in a white, modern interior…

The Shou Sugi Ban technique creates a unique texture that adds character to any architectural feature. This paneled door detail is awesome!

This restaurant interior is just gorgeous! I love the combination of natural woods with the Shou Sugi Ban accents. Combine these with the white painted stone wall for the perfect balance.

White wall decor, like this steer skull, really ‘pop’ against black Shou Sugi Ban wall cladding…

Shou Sugi Ban is also a great technique for finishing wood furniture. The charred wood effect fits right in with rustic pieces like this bench…

Or, maybe a charred wood floating shelf is more your thing…

Now, here’s a cool idea. Shou Sugi Ban treated wood stumps with stained wood accent legs…

Shou Sugi Ban adds lots of character to exterior signage like this ‘One Sixty’ restaurant sign…

There are lots of ways to work this finish material in to your interior project. Try using Shou Sugi Ban as the back material in a custom booth seat…

Accent walls are the perfect place to show off the textures of Shou Sugi Ban wall cladding…

Here’s another shot of the sushi restaurant shown above. The mix of materials is just beautiful with Shou Sugi Ban accent walls…

Shou Sugi Ban treated stumps also make great accent tables. Vary the size and height for a dynamic arrangement like this one…

Oh, I love this interior! The black wood paneling is just gorgeous and it shows off all the accent pieces in the room beautifully!

nordic style living room with shou sugi ban wall paneling

Living Room Styling by Simone Haag | Photo by Derek Swalwell

Orange accent pieces really ‘pop’ against Shou Sugi Ban paneling…

Here’s a great idea. Use Shou Sugi Ban wall cladding to create a custom bed headboard. Contrast the dark wood with white bedding and black and white photography…

This wood finishing technique is all about showing off the natural textures of the wood…

And, modern homes really look good with Shou Sugi Ban exterior paneling. I love this!

For a dramatic effect, use black charred wood paneling for all the walls of the room and then contrast it with natural wood flooring and furniture. Black and white photography also works well with this look…

Shop this design element (some cool things I found on the web)…

1.Hairpin Legs Bench | 2. Charred Stump Stool | 3. Yakisugi Coffee Table | 4. Box Side Table | 5. Serving Tray | 6. Wood Log Table | 7. Wood Cuff Bracelet | 8. Weathered Bronze Bowl | 9. Side Table | 10. Hairpin Coffee Table | 11. Wood Table | 12. Tea Light Holder | 13. Yakisugi Bench | 14. Red Decorative Bowl | 15. Charred Wood Bowl

Would you like to see more of this design element? Good news! I put together a ‘Shou Sugi Ban’ Pinterest board with even more charred wood design inspiration…

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