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Six of the Best: Natural woods add a touch of warmth

Don't be afraid to experiment with light and dark, rough and smooth.

Antique photo frame from Antika. Satish Kumar / The National
Antique photo frame from Antika. Satish Kumar / The National

Wooden accessories are a great way of adding a touch of warmth to your home. Look for woods that have been sourced sustainably or, better yet, recycled. And don't be afraid to experiment with different types - there's no law against mixing light and dark, or rough and smooth.

Accent piece

Crate and Barrel's Atwood chest is made of reclaimed peroba wood and solid black walnut, creating a one-of-kind piece brimming with character. It's a great statement piece for an entrance area or living room, and offers generous amounts of storage space too. Dh6,999, Crate and Barrel, Mall of the Emirates and Mirdif City Centre

In the frame

Antika Dubai's frames are made from reclaimed wood from houses that have been demolished in India. The wood is treated but retains its original markings and colouring. The frames come in a number of different sizes. Small frame, Dh125, Antika Dubai, currently showing at the Hayya Centre, Springs Town Centre, Dubai

Made in Morocco

This walnut bowl is handcrafted by carvers in the Moroccan village of Agouti and made from naturally fallen wood collected in the countryside surrounding the village. It's as sustainable and socially responsible as they come, and looks great to boot. Dh147, www.boxedonline.com

Upping sticks

The Nest dining table consists of solid timber sticks topped with toughened glass. The sticks are of varying lengths and stacked at random to create an intricate and unusual form. The product is designed by the boutique British design studio MacMaster. Dh10,875, www.macmasterdesign.com; info@macmasterdesign.com

Branching out

We love the raw simplicity of the Driftwood mirror and bowl by Luz de Luna. The bowl reminds us of an oversized bird's nest. It's a set that looks great indoors and out. Mirror, Dh400 and bowl, Dh220, Luz de Luna, Umm Suqeim, Dubai

Against the grain

Delicate carvings make this wooden box by Indigo Living a must-have accessory. In an interior consisting of dark woods, the lighter grain of this piece will soften the scheme and create interesting contrast. Dh309, Indigo Living, Dubai

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