How do I mix different wood textures in a room?

We often buy furniture that looks great in the store and then when you get to the office or to your home you realise something is off. Usually, this can be something simple like the wood colours that clash.

So here are five easy ways to mix different wood textures like a professional designer and keep your room on-trend and fashionable.

1. Choose a dominant wood colour⁠
Mixing woods will be less daunting if you work with the 60:30:10 rule. If you have a large table or wooden floors, for instance, this will determine the dominant wood colour.⁠

2. Use contrast⁠
Illustrated in the photo, we see dark wood layered on top of lighter wood. This contrast creates an interesting layer, which helps us to appreciate the depth of the room.⁠

Contrasted wood coffee table

3. Match the undertones⁠
Pay attention to the undertones of the dominant wood colour. Is it predominantly warm tones (yellowish or reddish) or does it lean more towards cool tones (blueish or greenish)? Try to then add woods that have the same tones to create a coherent mix.⁠

Wood table wood floor
Matching warm undertones of yellow and red

4. Pay attention to the finish⁠
If each wood item in the room has a different finish (glossy, satin, matte), it can look cluttered. Keeping a singular finish establishes some consistency.⁠

5. Use accessories⁠
A rug or pillow or potplant can do wonders to create a visual break between different wood finishes, thereby making the difference between them less obvious.⁠

table with planter
Planters and dark chairs offer visual breaks

Don’t be scared to experiment. Trends come and go but with these basics, you can keep your space current for years to come.

And if all else fails, you can talk to me.


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