Olive ash cladding for Scottish shooting lodge

Internal wood cladding has enjoying somewhat of a revival in recent years and has been used on home interiors for centuries.  Fitted either vertically or horizontally styles of cladding include square edged or tongue and groove.  Sutton Timber were approached  by a client to supply olive ash cladding to furnish a shooting lodge in Scotland.

Aesthetic qualities and sustainable timber were key elements to the project and the client opted for mixed width english ash boards.  Ideally suited for cladding, ash is a very resilient native hardwood. It has a medium coarse grain with few knots and a wide variation in colour.   From pale creamy white, to boards which exhibit swathes of reddy brown or olive grey.  Olive ash, used here, so named gives reference to the vivid darker streaked heartwood resembling the wood of olive trees.

Cladding installed by a professional always looks good and fits perfectly, but DIY is a viable option. Square edged boards are nailed directly onto battens.  For tongue and groove cladding secret nailing is an option. Nailed through the ‘tongue’ part of each board the nails are concealed.


Cladding brings natural warmth, texture and character to the room – a modern look but with a rustic feel. In addition the contrast of the olive ash cladding with stone floor works well.  With so many different options for spacing, placement and installation style, it is easy to create your own unique look.

Ben Sutton commented ‘Using natural wood cladding for interiors not only creates dimension for the room but brings out the beauty of the grain in every board.  It is fabulous to see cladding used here in such a contemporary way’.

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