The use of timber veneer is nothing new, many ancient societies utilised decorative veneers and plywood. The Dutch were using veneers in the 17th century and by the 18th century European cabinetmakers were selling high quality veneered furniture in various styles. By the 19th century the piano industry in America and Europe had become a large consumer of decorative veneers, with the majority of pianos sold today still veneered.

What has changed over the centuries, with regard to timber veneer, is design trends. Different timbers have enjoyed popularity in certain time periods. Each design movement tends to have its preferences with regard to colouring, grain, figure and specie.

During the 1920s, for example, high-end French Art Deco furniture was made from Ebony, burl Walnut, Maple or Ash. More recently plywood has had a surge in popularity here in Australia. Going back through the decades it was used only as a substrate but improvements to its appearance, and the trend for more industrial interiors, has paved the way for its use in fit-outs.

Aside from veneered furniture, there are many other ways that you can incorporate timber veneer into your home. Timber injects a warmth and beauty that is hard to replicate with man-made materials.

We have developed a list of ways to spark your imagination when integrating timber veneer into your home design:

  • Kitchen cabinetry interior and exteriors
  • Wardrobe doors and shelving
  • Interior doors
  • Wall panelling
  • In-built shelving e.g. entertainment centre or bookshelves
  • Ceiling feature
  • Other bespoke joinery.


What is critical to consider is the intended use of timber veneer in your home. Matilda Veneer can provide you or your designers with expert advice with regard to sunlight, moisture and wear-tear to ensure your veneer will stand the test of time.