People ask me all the time if its OK to mix wood tones in a space…my answer is a giant YES!!! I encourage it!! Mixing wood tones takes a room from that “Matchy Matchy” vibe and transforms it into a designer space that is fresh and unique. Here are a few tricks o’ the trade that will have you mixing it up in no time!!
Ω Pick a dominate wood tone. Start with what you have and build from there. If you have bedroom pieces that are all a dark espresso, embrace those and add to the room with a walnut bedside table, gray wood picture frames or a teak bench at the end of the bed.
Ω Start with two to three different tones. Don’t get all crazy right off the bat with 50 different wood tones…start with a couple that you really love and repeat them around the space to make it cohesive. A dark espresso, medium walnut and white washed wood are 3 fabulous places to start!!
Ω Connect the undertones in the wood. Some woods have red undertones (like cherry and mahogany) while others have brown or even grey undertones. The trick is to identify the undertone and keep them consistent. Try a pairing of a dark brown espresso with a rustic barn wood and a light walnut.
Ω Balance a room with similar tones. Split up the pieces with the same wood finish and spread them around the room to bring balance to the space. For instance, put a dark stained end table across the room from the chair with the similar colored legs. Spreading out the wood finishes carries the eye around the space and connects the room.
Ω Use neutral colors to soften the contrast. Add white, black or gray in the mix and it smoothes out the transitions from different woods. **Metals totally count as neutrals here people…throw in brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze or copper to bump it up a notch!!
Ω Less is more when it comes to HIGH shine finishes. Different wood stain colors will tie together better if they have the same level of polish and finish to them. Don’t get me wrong, a little shine is a wonderful thing, just don’t go crazy with it!
Ω MOST important is to make sure YOU love it. If you love your space – then it is the PERFECT design!!
Get adventurous…trust your instincts and just GO FOR IT!!