There are some materials which are fashionable for a year or two, but then they’re considered ‘old’ and ‘antique’.
Others, however, are timeless, and can always be incorporated into interior design.
For example, wood is one of those timeless materials, and it has been picking up steam as of late.
Wood is interesting as you can find it in a variety of environments, and it comes in plenty of different styles and shapes.
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You can find wood that fits any interior, any price range, and any durability requirement. However, this causes confusion to a level where many people don’t really know what do to with it, and how to combine different kinds of it. Here are a few things you might want to keep in check when you’re mixing different kinds of wood.
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Don’t go with a lot of different tones
Having a huge variety of different tones of wood can look messy and unorganized. However, if you simply limit yourself to two, or three tones at the most, you can use them to create harmony all around the space. Once your basic pieces are in place, you can experiment with the remaining pieces of furniture all you want.
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For example, if you have a wooden floor in the kitchen, you could go with maple cabinets – it will look elegant and smooth. If you have pieces that don’t fit your wood idea, try painting them so they blend in.
Your floor is the base
If you have wooden floors, you must put them into consideration when you’re choosing furniture. Chances are you won’t be changing your floor, and you already have one tone of wood to work with. If you have multiple tones, you can choose any of them for the remaining furniture.
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Neutral is your friend
Neutral paint on your walls or other elements is something you can’t go wrong with, especially when you’re combining that with wood. Any tone of wood will fit well with neutrals, which gives you a lot of options in regards to what the remaining of the furniture is.
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You can even mix and match wood tones, as they won’t be causing any problems with the neutrals at all. As far as neutrals go, you could opt for tan or taupe walls if you want a color that’s more noticeable, or go for classic white if you want the wood tones to stand out.
Don’t forget about the wood’s temperature
Some woods can give off a yellow or orange undertone and warmer temperatures, while some others such as ash or maple, are a little cooler in this regard. There are even some stained woods that show both cool and warm tones, which is excellent for you as you can go with different colors of wood for the rest of the furniture.
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Complement, don’t match
Complementing wood colors can give a much more pleasing look to the overall room than matching ones. Natural wood furniture colors can give you a rustic feeling, and dark furniture, for example, will give contrast. If everything has the same tone, nothing will stand out – not even the pieces you want to.
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Think about the grain
Different kinds of wood have different grain, and trying to keep the patterns close to each other can set the mood of the room just like you want it.
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Choose the basic tone
If you’re combining more than one tone, choose one that will dominate over all others, and set that as a base for everything else.
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If you don’t want to go neutral, match the undertones
If you want a colorful wall, and not a neutral one, you can match the wall color to the undertones of the wooden surfaces you’re working with.
For example, mild yellow walls will look great when they’re wrapped around wood that gives out gold undertones. Green, or even blue, works great as a wall color if you have ashy undertones from your wood.
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These kinds of combinations can play up the wood and make sure that every element inside the room pops, instead of disappearing between all the others and remaining unnoticeable.
Rugs are more than decoration
A rug can be a functional miracle – if the transition between a piece of furniture and the wooden floor is too harsh or too sudden for your liking, you can always put a rug that will smoothen the transition and create a path from the piece of furniture to the floor.
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This also works when you have pieces of furniture that match the floor, as a contrasting rug can act as a separation so they’re more noticeable.
Use accessories to blend the tones
When you’re combining more wood tones, use accessories that feature those tones, but mix them up. For example, if you have bamboo in one room and mahogany in the other, place accessories with a mahogany tone in the room where the bamboo is dominant, and the opposite. This way you combine the tones even better.
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Don’t forget about the texture
Each wood type has a different surface and texture. Combine the differences, such as smooth and rough finishes, to achieve an interesting effect.
Control the contrast
Going with extremely dark and extremely light tones won’t look good. Make sure the contrast is at a lower level, and combine extremes with mediums instead, a lower contrast will give you a much more pleasing effect.
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Match the upholstery to the wood tones
When you have wooden furniture or elements, their tones can be matched with plenty of things. For example, a mahogany table can be matched with a sofa that is upholstered in the mahogany’s hue.
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Combine both dark and light
Contrast is at play here again, and you can use it to your advantage. For example, if you go for mahogany wood, which has a dark color and tone, you can go with a lighter shade for the wall color, and if you have furniture which has a light color, go for darker walls.
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Make sure not to go overboard with the contrast, and keep the levels low, but if you choose opposites like this, the wood elements will pop and attract attention instead of blending in and being unnoticeable.