4 Ways to Make Wood Work

One of the questions I’m asked a lot as a designer is how to expertly mix different wood finishes in a room. It really does require the right touch to get the balance just right, so I put together my top 4 tips for mixing wood tones:

1. Remember to look at all the colors in the room and select finishes/colors that have the same undertones, like red or yellow. In the dining room I designed below, the browns from the ceiling to the floor all have a similar undertone, which creates a harmonious look.

2. Break up the wood with softer paints and rugs. Rather than placing wood furniture directly on the wood floor in my project below, I added a rug to act as a soft buffer between the two. The white paint on the walls does the same thing for the dark wood cabinets and wood beams.

3. Limit your finishes in one room to 2-3, and that includes painted finishes. If you look at the kitchen I designed below, you’ll see 3 wood finishes: The warm buttery tone of the ceiling and floor, the sandy tone of the island and chair legs, and the lovely spring green on the cabinetry.

4. Let one tone be dominant. You don’t want to have two wood finishes fighting each other for prominence, so be sure one is the star and the others are supporting players!

Use these tips and you’ll be mixing finishes like a pro!