DESIGN | How to Mix Wood Tones
Some people may describe my decor style as eclectic, and I'd have to agree. That is probably why I am not opposed to and actually embrace mixing different wood tones and materials in your home. However, this can be a struggle for a lot of people as it goes against what we've traditionally been told - that your furniture should be a matching set or at least the same type of wood. But maybe you've recently moved in with your significant other and you're trying to blend both of your favorite pieces, or you've inherited some beautiful furniture from a relative and you just don't know how to incorporate it with your existing furniture. Whatever your case may be, mixing wood tones can seem scary, but it doesn't have to be.
All it takes is a little coordination.
In order to avoid a mishmash look, it's all about introducing other items into your room that will help blend the tones and create a cohesive feeling. The first thing I would consider are the textiles. Think about the textures and the colors of your area rugs, draperies or even your throw blankets. I love how the Persian rug above from one of my favorite designers Amber Interiors, complements the wood tones perfectly with its beautiful design and color.
The next place I would look to is the walls. An easy way to fuse the different tones is by using artwork, and it doesn't have to be expensive. The fine art print above from Strolby is an archival digital print handmade in Brooklyn, which picks up both the beech and pine wood colors and it's only $25. The landscape print featured below by photographer Kevin Russ can be found on Society6 ,framed and all, for less than $40. This is what I call high impact for a low price.
Now that you've laid the groundwork on your floors and walls, adding some accent pieces around the room will be the final touch. How cute is that three-color ceramic vase above? You may even already have pieces in your home, like lamps or smaller end tables, that can be transferred from one room to the next. Also, paint can go a long way. Try painting one of your pieces black or white if there are just too many different finishes to deal with.
So my advice to those battling with a mix of wooden pieces is to stop focusing so much on the actual furniture and look to the other items in the room. Use those items to bring it all together. I find that it helps to create small collages or boards like I've done above. Your vision and room will start to come alive.