Does All the Wood Furniture in My Home Need to Match?

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Q: I am going to be moving to a new place, making a fresh start with my furniture collection. I am going for a Scandinavian/Mid Century-meets-Modern look with my key pieces of furniture (for which I am trying to only purchase core items I need). I want to mix clear acrylic end tables and a media console with perhaps a vintage Danish credenza in the living room, and in the bedroom, a wooden Scandinavian style bed frame with again, clear acrylic end table accents.

I know the clear acrylic accent furniture will coordinate, as they will be woven in throughout my space, and they have a modern, unassuming appearance, but does the tone of the wood (which will clearly be statement-making pieces) throughout my apartment have to match? Will it look a bit off if each room has a mismatched piece (say, walnut in the bedroom, and teak in the living room, and again, walnut in the kitchen)?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.