Helpful Tips for Mixing Wood Furniture

The days of buying perfectly matched furniture sets are long gone and not a moment too soon. Now you have the freedom to blend styles, textures, and colors to design a home that is uniquely you!

If you aren’t a professional interior designer though, the task of filling up the spaces in your home can seem daunting. Never fear; Nadeau is here! Not only will our talented team assist you with finding the perfect piece, but we also are here to help curate and perfect your design dreams. When everything perfectly matches, the room looks bland and stagnant. Layering styles correctly creates a much more complex, appealing look. You want your home to look organic – not like every other matchbox on the block.

More often than not, completing the design of any particular room is not done in a day. Perhaps you buy a few pieces to start, then fill it up with other items over time. Essentially, we are creating rooms using a wide assortment of pieces from various locations across an interesting timeline. This process presents a challenge, but when done correctly can be loads of fun!

So how do you design a room that still maintains a cohesive and comprehensive theme? We got you covered with these extremely useful tips. Check them out!

Nadeau’s Super Helpful Tips

1. Find Common Undertones
Find finishes which complement each other! The first question you should be asking is whether or not the wood tone is warm or cool. Pair cool tones together and conversely, warm tones together; it’s a simple yet effective tool for combining various wood finishes together in a single room. Do not let your wood furniture get lost against a matching wood floor or wall. Break up the monotony and go for complementary tones over precisely matched ones.

2. Break Up the Contrast
An easy solution to breaking up the different wood finishes is to use a rug. The rug will act as a buffer between the contrasting finishes. This is especially helpful for living room and bedroom designs, as more often than not, you wanted to put a rug or carpet there anyways. Not only will this break up the contrast of different furniture pieces, but it will also break up the contrast between a wood floor and the wood items upon it. You can conversely use the rug to break up wood tones that are too closely matched. So when in doubt, add a rug!

3. Break Up the Contrast with a Designated Accent Color
With various pieces in your room, construct continuity by selecting an accent color that will weave it all together seamlessly. You can create harmony in a room with varied finishes and styles by letting a color flow throughout. Pick pillows, lamp shades, rugs, stools, and other decor in that designated shade. Instead of a color, you can also pick a designated accent wood and let it flow throughout the room.

4. Match the Grain
If you want to easily incorporate various wood tones in a room, consider matching the grains. This textural pairing works well to avoid wood furniture overload. Typically, the larger the wood grain, the more casual it looks. Finer grain woods lend to a more formal aesthetic. This trick is especially helpful when trying to achieve a rustic vibe. Try to keep the number of different tones to a minimum if matching grains.

5. Don’t Go Overboard
Don’t go crazy. There’s still a thing as overkill in the design realm. Try sticking to no more than 3 different types of wood finishes. Remember that contrast can help. Remember the design rule of 80/20 – have a theme but you can let a few pieces detract from this. Light wood floors with a dark wood table and chairs works well. If committing to a particular wood finish, let it at least been seen once more elsewhere in the room. Aim for variety with balance still in mind.

6. White Ties It All Together
When in doubt, add white pieces to bring it all together magically. But seriously, white is the magical solution to tying it all together. It just works, don’t ask us why. Whether using white woods or white fabric, the results are real. If you have white walls, then you’re already off to a great start.

Variation is key – the colors, patterns, textures, and styles in any single room should not be uniform. Keep it interesting and mix it up. Match-y match-y is a thing of the past. Remember that the larger the room, the more space allowed for variety. The smaller the room, the more succinct you should be in picking a grand total of wood tone variations.

But it is also important to remember that these rules are more like guidelines. Follow your creativity and see where it takes you. If you like the end result, please share it with us –!

Nadeau is here to help you with all of your design needs. Whether it’s learning to mesh pieces purchased over time in your bedroom or how to blend natural and white woods in the kitchen, we’ve got you covered. So stop by your local Nadeau with your design dreams plus a tape measure. Also, don’t forget to sign-up for your location’s newsletter to receive alerts every time a new shipment of unique accessories and furniture arrives.

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