Masterful Mixing: Real Rooms that Ace Multiple Wood Finishes

published Apr 14, 2016
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Mixing wood tones is rightfully considered a design challenge, but it really can be done beautifully. Use this post as a visual guide to examples of spaces where different wood finishes look spectacular together. Jump below to see rooms that absolutely ace the look…

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Rich furniture tones that match each other work well with a lighter color wood floor.

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There’s not a lot of difference between the wood tons in Kristina and Jason’s home (which would usually be something I advise against). But with all the bold color and pattern in the room, it makes sense to use similar wood finishes to create a neutral palette.

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Normally mixing wood finishes with different undertones (like gray versus something more orange) is a no-no. But in this sleek, minimal home, the contrast becomes a decor element.

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Texture can play a big part in successfully mixing different wood finishes. In Katy’s home, rough, natural surfaces look great together despite featuring several different wood finish colors.

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If you’re gonna go for something, go big! Kristen had already established a bold black and white color scheme for her space, so it makes sense to extend that to the wood finishes. Seen here: a light-colored natural finish cozying up to an ebony wood finish.

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When faced with many different wood finishes in the same room, adding a furniture piece made with wood that comes in a varied pattern of colors can help tie everything together.