What “WOOD” You Say?

Contrary to popular opinions mixing woods is totally possible, in fact, I encourage it. Although I recommend a few simple rules to make different woods within one space live in perfect harmony.*CHEFS KISS* To be honest, sticking to one tone can make a room look a little flat whereas layering woods that complement and contrast each other add dimension and life to a space.

Firstly, identify the dominant wood tone in the space, this can be the floors, the cabinetry or a shiplap/accent wall etc. Basically the most significant area of one tone, then you can bring in a wood that will contrast it completely. Think of the formula as being 1 light, 1 dark and one medium shade, but the KEY is to have them all share the same undertone. Keep in mind most natural woods are warm, the colder woods are typically stained. Walnut however is versatile in its natural state, it can teeter on either side and mix well with cool or warmer tones.

Secondly, to make a room feel cohesive you’ll need some repetition. The general rule of thumb is to ensure each wood tone is repeated at least twice. It can be as small little accents like a bowl, beads or a frame. Just make sure the room has some flow by spreading these pieces

Lastly, wood grains are important. Large woodgrains are my personal favourite, they make a room feel rustic and casual while small woodgrains are more polished and sophisticated. Go for it, mix them for a cozy yet classy vibe.

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