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How To Mix Different Wood Shades in Your Decor

In this open concept small home by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design based in Portland, Oregon, all of the wood furniture matches the reclaimed wood feature wall. The dining table made of walnut, which is a lovely hardwood known for its strength picks up the walls chocolate brown tones. The mismatched dining chairs in beech add a little contrast. The honey-toned wood coordinates beautifully not only with the wall’s caramel tones but also the oak floor.

The moment for rooms filled with matchy-matchy wood décor has come and (thankfully) gone. These days, mixing up different wood shades when decorating adds variation in color, texture, and pattern, which makes a space more visually appealing. But what is the secret for combining different woods tones without making a room feel cobbled together?

While there are no hard and fast rules, there are a few things you can keep in mind to achieve a specific look or mood. The essential need to know? Natural wood colors are neutrals making them fairly goof proof to incorporate into any color scheme. From contrasting tones to patterned grains, here are tips for mixing and matching wood shades like a pro.

Four different wood tones are incorporated in this tiny kitchen by New York based interior design duo Cortney and Robert Novogratz. The gorgeous natural shape of the live edge wood countertop draws the eye. The rustic, carved wood bar stools in walnut lend a boho vibe. Adding a burst of golden yellow color are the custom oak cabinets. Topping off the floors are planks of warm walnut.

Various wood accents in different tones add warmth to a neutral living room with a cool color scheme. The design team at California based Phase 2 Builders paired white walls with pale hickory flooring to make the bright space appear bigger. Faux wood porcelain tiles cover the fireplace. A walnut unit on the left adds practical storage. The lounge chair and mantel are both solid oak.


Instead of matching wood pieces keep contrast, particularly when it comes to textures and finishes, in mind. From furniture to decorative accessories all of the wood tones shown in this Scandinavian apartment spotted on Fantastic Frank fit together. The smooth wood serving bowls pop against the rugged dining table. The reddish midcentury console made of rosewood complements the golden oak floors.

Blogger, Kristin Eldridge, took ordinary plywood planks to the next level using different shades of wood stain when creating this DIY feature wall. The finished project gave her bedroom a charming modern farmhouse vibe.

Rustic wood accents warm up this modern white kitchen by the interior designers at Studio McGee out of Utah. Rough-hewed ceiling beams lend drama. Sliced wood slabs top off the kitchen bar stools. A one of a kind range hood with wood trim adds a dash of polish.

Black walls and different wood tones give this living room a masculine edge. Donna Dufresne Design based in Portland, Oregon decorated the space in classic midcentury furniture. On the left is vintage sofa with a rosewood frame. The slatted coffee table is dark teak. Next to the black leather lounger is a tree stump end table. The wood mantel breaks up the dark wall while underscoring the cow skull.

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