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5 Homes Showcasing Stunning Wood Slat Walls

Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, wooden slat walls provide an airy yet sturdy divider that adds a whole lot of flair.

By Designlines

There was a time where wooden slat walls conjured images of passé 70s basements. That time is no more — the time-honoured tradition of using slatted wood as a decorative yet functional feature has made a quick comeback in recent years, and it’s now a staple of many interior designer’s portfolios. As useful indoors as they are outdoors, wooden wall slats can create a sense of airiness, letting light into a space while still separating different zones with disparate purposes. In a porch or garden, they make unique shields from the sun — but stop shy of blocking it out entirely. These walls are the perfect balanced solution for Toronto’s all-over-the-place climate — and they’re damn good looking, too.

Wood slat wall, using white oak, to delineate the space by Toronto architecture firm Superkül

Superkül’s White Oak Room Divider 

Toronto architecture firm Superkül used a wood slat wall, using white oak, to cleverly delineate the space without blocking flow. “We loved the idea of light glowing behind the slatted wall, with the choreography of people going up and down the stairs,” says Graham. At the rear of the home, a two-storey addition contains a sunken den wrapped in white oak flooring and millwork, as well as a black kitchen – a dramatic departure from the rest of the home’s gallery-white walls – illuminated by a skylight.

Wooden screen providing a separation between the room and stairs, by Studio Junction

Studio Junction’s Striking Staircase Slats

Here, whisper-fine Studio Junction millwork, once again illustrates the poetry of wood with a permeable slat wall that defines and shields the staircase. Vertical lines underscore the continuity between levels, encouraging upward mobility. The solid oak staircase features slatted balusters and slip-resistant grooves.

A home layout divided by wood slat wall screens designed by Atelier Sun

Atelier Sun’s Monochrome Screen Solutions

Atelier SUN’s latest project, a minimalist reno in East York, has a gentler nature. Seamless storage, a vanishing vestibule bench, a rear kitchen and a layout divided by wood slat wall screens are secrets to discover. “We didn’t want the home to feel like a warehouse,” says principal designer Andrew Sun. “That’s why you see this layering, with the screens injected into the design.”

A backyard outdoor room defined by cedar wood slat walls

Joel Loblaw’s Cozy Outdoor Space

Landscape architect Joel Loblaw turns a decommissioned Toronto pool into a landscaped pier. Flanked with thickets of under-lit hydrangea, dwarf Korean lilac, dogwood and serviceberry, the walkway leads to a comfortable outdoor room defined by cedar wood slat walls. The lantern-like lounge is illuminated by a frosted glass prism at its centre, which acts as both a usable surface and the hearth of the garden.

A cedar separation screen on a newly redesign backyard of a Toronto home

Anya Moryoussef and Gregory Beck Rubin’s Intriguing Privacy Wall

Architects Anya Moryoussef and Gregory Beck Rubin were tasked with replace a home’s run-down rear wing. The design solution included a partially cantilevered canopy overhead and, along the eastern edge, a wood slat screen wall maintains privacy from the neighbours. Black-painted steel framing to add dramatic contrast, and the home’s rain gutter tucked into a matching column.

For more slatted wood inspiration, check out Eight Terrific Ways to Use Slatted Wood at Home

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