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5 Ideas for Mixing Multiple Wood Tones

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There’s nothing quite like the depth, beauty, and allure of real wood. Whether the wood is installed as flooring, a fireplace mantle, or it’s part of your furnishings, adding wood to your home instantly ups the warmth attraction of the entire space.

Wood comes in a wide range of finishes and tones, however, with different wood species and stains combining to form a variety of colors you can use in one space. But how do you go about mixing these different tones without clashing them or creating too chaotic a room? There are actually several ways that you can do so; use these five ideas to help achieve a room with multiple wood tones that blend together perfectly.

  1. Stick to One Species

Different wood species have different grains, and different color undertones. Even when stained, sometimes these grains and undertones still show through. For example, red oak has a pinkish/red undertone, while white oak has a blue/gray undertone. When you stick to one species, but vary the stain slightly, you still have some degree of unity between the different woods.

Try installing engineered wood floors in red oak stained a deep red/brown, then put up some wainscoting in red oak that is a slightly lighter shade. The two wood areas will work together, while adding depth of tone to the room.

  1. Shift Tone Subtly

Oftentimes, a flooring or furniture manufacturer may offer a range of different finishes. So, when the times comes to start mixing, consider choosing tones that are different from one another in subtle ways to add depth, but without a lot of contrast.

For example, by using Amish made furniture in a rich, sable brown finish, you could stain your woodwork a single shade lighter. Then, go slightly darker for things like built-in bookcases. This very subtle shifting of tone is what creates depth, but in ways that are nearly undetectable at first glance.

  1. Define Your Space

One way to mix wood tones is to introduce two or three colors in a way that really stands out, then repeat those colors in more subtle ways elsewhere. One method of doing this would be to use a maple engineered wood floor for the majority of the room. Around the perimeter, however, one or two planks in from the wall, run a border of a deep espresso brown wood. The contrast between the two floor colors is very striking, and now gives you the ability to pick up both colors again in your furnishings – but in the opposite way. Use the dark brown for the majority of your furniture, and the maple as the accent.

  1. Don’t Overlook Color

When mixing wood tones in one space, it’s important not to overlook the other colors you’re using in the room as well. For example, if you were using a cherry floor, you could create a very dramatic effect by using some deep, forest green in the room to contrast. Forest green, however, also pairs well with dark brown wood tones, as well as some very deep golden tones. By using the green as the tie between the different shades, you’re still creating unity within the space, but gaining extra dimension and interest at the same time.

Make sure if you choose this method, that you start with a single color that is featured prominently in the room. Then, find two or three wood tones that work well with that color to use.

  1. Pick Up Undertones

Another way you can mix multiple wood tones within one room would be to pay attention to the grain of the predominant wood tone, and to repeat that grain within other woods. For example, if you have a curly maple chest in a room, matching the honey-colored grain to your floor would give you an instant cohesive appearance. And if that floor had a dark brown grain, you could pick that grain up for your coffee table, furthering the design but without causing the tones to clash.

Just make sure that each tone that you include is already represented somewhere in a more subtle way to increase the odds of the style working.

Add Depth Through Wood! Whether you’re considering a new wood floor or some Amish made furniture, adding wood to your home really increases its appeal. Add extra depth by going for multiple wood tones at once using these ideas, and create a design that is meant to last.

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