These 5 Tips on Mixing Wood Finishes in Your Home Decor will give you tons of ideas on how to make an combinations work for you.
Perhaps you have a few beautiful pieces of furniture already in your house, but you’ve just stumbled upon a unique vintage find that doesn’t match your set. Maybe you simply love furniture tones that don’t match your gorgeous wood flooring. Either way, you might be considering mixing wood tones in your home.
While there’s a common misconception that all your wood finishes need to match in a given space, there’s actually an art to mixing them well. When done right, multiple tones can enhance your space. No matter what you’re planning, you can let your style be your guide as you mix and match to your heart’s content.
1. Go for Large Contrasts
Sometimes, the best way to play with multiple tones is to go for the largest contrasts possible. It might seem scary to choose light and dark colors in the same jump, but it works out well in creating a balance. Try a stark black and white look, or incorporate light and dark finishes for a sophisticated, sleek design.
2. Work With the Undertones
Whether you’re going for a range of finishes or just matching two or three, one of the most important details you can look to for a more cohesive flow are the undertones. While certain wood types and finishes like rosewood and maple have warmer undertones, others like hickory and pine skew a bit cooler. Choosing various wood finishes with an undertone to tie them together can make a room look coordinated, even with different colors and finishes.
3. Have One Unifying Staple
Focus on one grand piece that steals the show. Whether it’s a dashing dining room table or a unique bed frame, you can make any item you love the center of your design and base everything else off it. Try making it the only piece with that exact finish and making everything else contrast. If your centerpiece is dark, try going all light around it, or simply mixing a range of shades and using it as the median.
4. Break It Up
Why stop at mixing wood finishes? If you want to get creative, try breaking up the wood by incorporating other materials into your furniture and larger fixtures. If you’re working with light, vibrant floors and want a bit of depth, why not bring in some dark metal, like iron? You could also use some vibrant textiles for even more visual interest.
5. Lean Into the Mix
If you love the look of mixing and matching, you’re in luck, because it’s hot right now. Try combining more than just your wood finishes — go for all your favorite textiles, patterns, colors and styles. Blend vintage into modern. Use light accessories with heavy pieces. The sky is truly the limit for your sophisticated, bohemian palace.
Mix and Match With Style
Mixing and matching wood finishes isn’t about rules and regulations — it’s about finding a balanced, unique style that works for your living space. With a few tips and tricks under your belt, you’ll be styling like a pro in no time.
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