Good Questions: How Do I Deal With Loads of Dark Furniture?

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Hello AT,

My husband just bought 7 pieces of dark wood furniture (loveseats, end table, coffee table and more) for our new living room. How can I decorate it with other stuff? I think way too much dark wood furniture makes a room dark and can’t breath. He likes wood so much and thinks it’s a good investment (which I agree, however, now it’s too much). His style is danish furniture, I like it but not the dark color.


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Hey Varina- that is a great question. Over the past few years it seems like everyone from Armani Casa to Ikea has been looking to dark chocolate-colored wood furniture to create instant elegance. It is true that too much can be overwhelming. We don’t like mixing wood tones, but we do think that painted furniture (white, mostly) can balance out the darker pieces. We love Dark wood on a white rug, and finding furnishings that have other elements like glass and chrome can also help to incorporate the new dark pieces.

Anyone else have a suggestion for Varina?