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Plywood, long considered a material best hidden in any finished space, has been slowly making its way into the mainstream material handbooks of architects and interior designs – and for good reason.

Aside from being inexpensive, it is rich in texture and can be purchased in higher grades than what people typically think of (though, for some, knots are part of the fun, too).

With fewer knots and potential splinters, quality plywood provides a particularly potent way to juxtapose more variegated patterns with flat white walls, monotone floors and solid expanses of glazing.

This particular design by Paul de Ruiter with i29 interior architects shows its versatility – it can serve to create accent walls, doors, beds shelves and more, and serves as a great backdrop for more colorful belongings.