See the Forest for the Trees: The Fundamentals of Decorating Your Home with Wood Tones
Bring the outside in by adding wood to your decor. Here’s our guide to the fundamentals of decorating your home with wood tones.
If you love being outside, it’s only natural to want to bring elements of nature into your home. Many people choose wood because it is so diverse and can be used in many different ways. But, mismatching wood tones can wreak havoc in your overall design so it’s important to be careful when selecting new pieces of wood furniture and wood floors.
Not only that, but you should also be considerate of wood accents in your home. From wood blinds to picture frames and even floorboards, you’ll want to make sure that you have continuity, even though a little contrast can also be okay.
If this all seems a little confusing, don’t worry. In this article, we’re discussing some designer secrets about decorating with wood in your home. Keep reading to learn more.
9 Fundamentals of Decorating Your Home with Wood Tones
Just as fall is the season for cozy sweaters, decorating with wood sets a mood in your home. It allows others to see your connection with natural elements. And, just as a sweater, it warms your home.
The first rule of using wood in your home is to do your best to avoid using the same tone throughout. When using the same tone, there is no room for any one piece to stand out and the room will appear flat.
So, without further adieu, let’s take a look at how to mix and match different wood tones throughout your space for a luxurious yet cozy feel.
Mixing wood stains on wood flooring is a great way to break up one room from another, such as an adjoining living room and dining room.
You should always consider using rugs in large spaces with wood flooring to help break up the monotony of the area. This also allows you to tie in other wood furniture and accent pieces without drowning anything out. The rug can actually serve as an accent itself.
Mixing dark and light wood furniture is fine as long as you use woods that favor the same tone. If you’re using a dark redwood, for example, consider using a light wood with red or golden hues.
It’s also important to consider the direction of the grain of your wood furniture, especially if you’re using it on a wood floor. You’ll want the grains to match and follow the room fluently.
Wood Accent Pieces
Using wood accents is when mixing light and dark wood gets more fun. If you have a dark wood floor or floorboards, for example, you can use lighter woods for your wood blinds or art frames to lighten up the room.
When decorating with wood accent pieces, you should always start with an anchor piece and then work around it. You can also do this with your wood furniture.
Creating balance in your home can actually make you feel better. That’s why it’s important to create a continuous flow with the wood you use in your home.
You don’t want to use too many different finishes or wood grains. Instead, opt for wood grains that mimic what you already have and finishes that complement each other.
Picking a Dominant Wood Tone
Before you can fill your home with wood elements, you’ll need to pick a dominant tone and draw inspiration from there. If you already have a home with wood floors, the tone of those floors will be your dominant tone. Likewise, a large curio cabinet or fireplace mantel with a natural finish may be the more dominant features in your living room.
Once you have a dominant wood tone in place, you can feel free to mix and match other woods into your design.
Mixing wood furniture is the perfect way to showcase different undertones of different wood finishes. Just as with picking a dominant tone, you’ll want to match undertones. This is directly in line with creating continuity in that you don’t want too many pieces contrasting or the room will feel unorganized and chaotic.
Warmer undertones are best suited to fit with a darker dominant wood like walnut. Cooler undertones bode well with pine.
Contrasting Wood Types
Even while keeping tones matched up is important, mixing wood colors is totally allowed and looks great in the right arrangements. If you are using dark woods and light woods together, consider adding a gray washed wood to your design to help bring it all together. Contrasting light to dark in this way will add visual interest to your room and help different pieces complement each other.
If you have a lot of wood in your home, one of the best ways to break it up is to use white accents. In a large room full of wood furniture, consider using a white couch. Or, in a wood kitchen, use white countertops and paint the butcher block white.
Using white works especially well in rooms that do use a variety of wood tones. It calms the crazy and allows the features of each piece to speak for itself.
Using Accent Color
Using accent color is another great way to intersperse a little creativity into your wood designs. Consider colorful pillows tossed about wooden chairs and light throw blankets on the couch to draw attention away from all the wood and toward other elements in your room. You can also do this with design pieces like a colorfully upholstered chair in an otherwise wood decor or on walls with bright artwork.
Decorating your home with wood tones doesn’t have to be overwhelming or difficult. Just keep these tips in mind as you add different elements and design pieces to your home. Try to have fun with it!
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