Remember those days when your TV unit had to match the bookshelf that ought to match your flooring which was the same colour as the dining table? Those dreaded days of matching every wood finish in your home have, thankfully, long gone! That however creates another sizeable problem — how does one mix these complex wood finishes without making a decor faux pas? We tell you how to have fun while decorating with m wood grains…
THE DOMINATING ONE
One of the best ways to go about mixing wood tones is by choosing a dominating one. Don t want to think too much about it? Pick the floor and work with it. If you are a tenant or overhauling your floor is out of your budget, the largest furniture piece in the room would be your hero.
SIMILAR BUT NOT SAME
Too much of similar wood tones results in a static feeling, making it difficult for furniture to stand out. Instead, pair similar tones that don t necessarily match but complement each other-Like using different unfinished wood tones and grains to create a rustic-chic look!
UNDER THE RUG
Sometimes, we misjudge and what might have looked fab in our mind turns out to be drab in reality. What do you do when you are faced with the daunting task of mixing extremely contrasting wood finishes? First, you stop worrying. Second, you go out and buy a neutral rug to soften matters at hand. Third, you remind yourself that a problem swept under the rug is a problem gone away!
On a serious note, if you are apprehensive about the transition of your light wood dining table on dark wooden floor, a rug is the best way to ease it in and create a look that’s uber trendy! Strangely enough, this rule also applies when you have two very similar wood tones that seem to merge. A rug will help give the pieces some definition.
COLOURS THAT TIE
Use colours to make a connect. For instance, here the colour blue is repeated in various shades as a floor mat, for the window edging, as a table cloth and in a painting on the wall. The colour seems to tie the various tones of wood together to create perfect harmony!
Don’t let this new found freedom from the matching rule go to your head. Limit yourself to two or three wood tones and balance them out. With an anchor piece or a focus wood grain 8 in place, you can experiment with wood tones in accent pieces. A driftwood lamp or some bamboo accents, perhaps? And if the multitude of wood tones isn’t working for you, consider painting a piece or two a neutral colour and watch your space come together.