A recent study shows the home improvement trend that started in 2020 is far from over. It also highlights that energy-efficient, luxurious, and sustainable interiors are the next big thing among U.S. homeowners.

Nowadays, you’re never stuck with matchy-matchy limitations when you choose wood as a decor element. Mixing wood tones is an excellent way to add depth and warmth to any room.

Here’s how to get it just right. 

Mixing Wood Tones 101

Most wooden items feature various shades of light and dark. The lighter undertones are your go-to for creating an attractive, cohesive interior design.

Take a look at one of your dominant pieces. Does it seem warm, neutral, or cool?

When choosing new items of furniture or decor, see if you can find colors that complement this implied vibe or closely match these subtle undertones.

This helps you create an appealing balance in your room without overdoing it with a single shade. 

Choose Contrast

Do you have hardwood floors? Adding furniture in similar tones will create overwhelmingly monotonous scenes. Rather, break it up a little by buying furniture that contrasts dramatically with your floor.

For instance, if you have a dark wood floor, choose an oak or other light-toned wood to suit, or stain your existing furniture darker, if your floor has lighter tones. 

Likewise, if you have a large dark wood piece that acts as a focal point, you can create balance by choosing light soft furnishings, or whitewashed elements to bring balance into the room.  

Going With the Flow

Sometimes wooden pieces mix it all up on their own. Every piece of wood has unique color variations, knots, and imperfections that give you endless options for adding charm to your rooms.

If you want to add some natural flair to your decor with these characterful wooden items, you can search salvage yards for examples of these interesting types of wood, or find more here.

Break It Up

Have you inherited a home with large matching pieces, or you can’t afford to start from scratch with your room’s decor? A rug will come to the rescue by breaking up the continuity and adding contrast.

They’re especially effective at hiding a vast expanse of hardwood flooring if it matches your dining room furniture too closely. A brightly colored geometric rug can also add just the right amount of modern pizzazz to a classic wooden design style. 

This kind of contrast also adds depth to a room, especially if you pick up the pattern in artworks or other small decor items. 

Embrace the Benefits of Wood

When mixing wood tones, it’s important to remember wood is a versatile material. You can stain it a different color if you don’t get the look you want at first.

If all else fails, you can paint it any color to suit your decor and still enjoy the benefits associated with sustainable furniture items. 

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