It's commonplace to see wooden dining tables surrounded with plastic modern chairs or brightly colored mismatched chairs or even intermixed fabric patterns, but you rarely see mismatched wooden chairs with a wooden table. Even adventurous decorators tend to be wood purists, and an oak table with pine chairs can look off
, if not combined correctly.
The key to mixing woods is contrast. The contrast can be subtle or distinct, but it should be discernible. If you have a light wood for your table, like maple, think about using dark walnut chairs. If you have a pine vintage table with ornate carvings think about combining it with sleek modern chairs of a similar color.
There are no rules when you are breaking rules, but remember that you want your mixing to be eclectic and cool not a hodgepodge mess. To avoid a junky look, don't mix woods and then mismatch chair patterns. This can be extremely tricky. Only take on this challenge if you are a master designer.
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