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Combine Wooden Tones like a Professional

Questioning the best way to combine wooden tones in your house decor and furnishings? Learn these designer suggestions for mixing mild and darkish wooden tones in your bed room, front room, lavatory, or kitchen. 

Extra helpful suggestions in Paint Colours To Work with Wooden Flooring and Your Information to Blended Steel Decor and Fixtures.  

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Combine Wooden Tones

by Sarah Langtry Interiors

This combined wooden tone temper board was impressed by a query that was submitted by a reader on the Remodelaholic Fb web page.

Courtney asks:

“We simply purchased a house with stunning, knotty pine flooring all through. They’ve just lately been refinished and are a lightweight, pure shade that showcases all of the “knots”.


I wish to incorporate darker shades of wooden in our decor (image frames, furnishings, and so forth) however I’m undecided the best way to do it.


Are there any guidelines to mixing wooden sorts/shades?


It is a GREAT query!

YES, it’s okay to combine wooden tones. 

Gone are the times of adorning with match-matchy furnishings have been ALL of the wooden furnishings was precisely the identical and even matched the flooring.

Folks aren’t shopping for full units of matching furnishings anymore; they’re mixing and matching decor types for a extra distinctive, curated really feel.

(I truly talked about this in The Dos and Donts of Mixing decor types!) 

And with adorning, I don’t prefer to observe set “guidelines” a lot as “tips”, so in case you are wanting to interrupt up the wooden tones in your house, I’m going to present you some tips to observe that may provide help to appear to be a professional designed your private home!

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I’ll dive into my temper board in a bit and clarify my decisions, however first let’s chat about the best way to combine totally different wooden tones.

Be taught extra about visualizing your area in a temper board right here.

4 Tricks to Combine Wooden Tones in Your House Adorning

1. Search for Widespread Undertones.

As you’ll be able to see within the image beneath, the shades of wooden differ from mild to darkish, however the factor they’ve in frequent is that they share the identical wealthy, heat, reddish undertone.

What you don’t see is any cool, gray wooden undertones right here, or any mild blonde shades of wooden both.

How To Mix Wood Tones, Light And Dark Wood Kitchen Via BHG

photograph: Higher Houses & Gardens

Right here you’ll be able to see one other nice instance utilizing grayish tones of wooden in various shades, from whitewashed flooring to darker beams and furnishings.

whitewashed floor, mixing wood tones @Remodelaholic

photograph: Pernille Kaalund for Bo Bedre

2. Go for Excessive Distinction.

One darkish wooden focal piece in an area when all the opposite wooden within the room is way lighter actually makes an affect!

Think about if this eating desk was the identical shade as the ground and the chairs. They might mix collectively and look bland, don’t you assume?

See extra stunning inspiration areas in our Get This Look library.

3. Repeat your accent wooden at the least twice.

Right here you’ll be able to see that the householders took the darker shade of wooden that’s used on the window frames and repeated it with the darkish wooden chairs.

Repetition is vital, however to know when to cease, observe the the 80/20 rule I talked about right here.

Resist the urge so as to add too many shades of wooden into your area by maintaining the principle shade (which is often the ground most often) in about 80{330f214df237fc2abc96aea099ffbe24c43e06db08036644267acddb2f21482d} of the design, then including about 20{330f214df237fc2abc96aea099ffbe24c43e06db08036644267acddb2f21482d} of the accent shade. It will keep steadiness within the area and make it visually interesting.

black window trim, mixing wood tones @Remodelaholic

photograph: Genevieve Garrupo for Lonny

4. Go for various textures.

Add lighter, extra rustic wooden items or accents in along with your glossy wooden flooring so as to add curiosity to the area, or add glossy, trendy darkish furnishings in along with your rustic knotty pine flooring.

The distinction in texture will add curiosity and dimension to your room.


rustic hallway, mixing wood tones @Remodelaholic

photograph by way of Design Stylish

How wonderful is that this ceiling?!?

Weathered Grey Blended Wooden Tones Temper Board

Earlier than I give our reader some advise on her query, I’m going to indicate you the temper board I created utilizing a lot of the tips above, pulling from all of the yummy inspiration we simply noticed.

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I’m utterly in love with moody grays proper now! I even just lately re-painted my front room with these tones, so naturally I was drawn to this stunning rustic wooden flooring with gray and impartial tones.

I stored most of my furnishings within the weathered gray tones, then added darker, richer wooden tones as my accent shade, pulling from the colours within the flooring.

Want to vary the stain on a chunk of furnishings you’re keen on? Learn our Step by Step Information to Refinishing Wooden Furnishings. 

I additionally combined up the decor types including a country espresso desk with the extra formal seating. A country chandelier is the proper accompaniment to the glossy mid century trendy eating desk and chairs!

Ideas for mixing wooden tones with knotty pine flooring:

The advise that I’d give the Remodelaholic reader for choosing combined wooden tone furnishings to go together with her mild knotty pine flooring:

1 – Add just a few items of wooden furnishings within the medium to darkish vary, ensuring that you just steer clear of any crimson undertones as pine tends to be extra on the yellow aspect.

2 – Add some white to the area to assist preserve it mild and vibrant as properly.

For instance, in case you have knotty pine wooden flooring in your front room, attempt including a darker wooden espresso desk and accent chair, however incorporate a big white outsized couch to maintain an airiness to the area.

3- Most significantly, have enjoyable with it! If a chunk doesn’t match into these tips, however simply feels proper, then it in all probability is.

Thanks once more to staff at Remodelaholic for having me once more at present! When you’ve got time, i’d love so that you can pop over to my weblog and say hello:)

See ya subsequent month!




Simple methods so as to add wooden tones to your private home:

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First revealed 4 Feb 2015 // Up to date 13 Sept 2021

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