Mistakes To Avoid When Mixing Wood Tones


Every homeowner wants their home to appear authentic and interesting, and most people achieve that through their décor and interior design choices. Adding wood tones to your home is one of the best ways to create a unique and authentic vibe in your home. You can add wood tones in your home whether you want the home to feel like a cabin in the woods or modern like an apartment in a city. The catch is, you need to add wood tones thoughtfully to avoid your home looking strange. We cover some of the mistakes to avoid when mixing wood tones in our guide below––read on to learn more.


Choose Your Primary Wood Tone


One of the earliest mistakes people tend to make is mixing a bunch of wood tones without having one primary tone that forms the foundation. Without a firm foundation, your home (or a particular room) will appear random and like you don’t know how to decorate. Luckily, choosing the primary wood tone is rather simple––you choose the biggest factor. In other words, if you have wood floors––that’s your primary tone. If you don’t have wood floors, you’d go with the wood on your largest furniture piece. Once you have your foundation, you can start mixing tones––which we’ll go into next.


You Can Mix Wood Tones


A lot of people mistakenly assume you can’t mix wood tones and actually do the opposite of what you should do––that is, match everything (more on that later). The thing is, you can’t mix tones properly if you don’t know what your dominant wood tone is. Luckily, you’re reading this so you’ll know how to identify your primary tone. If you match everything, your home will look overly simple and possibly careless. Alternatively, if all your wood tones are different with different textures and there’s no continuity, your home will feel random and overwhelming. Of course, there are some interior design styles like bohemian that encourage the mixing and matching of––well, everything. The main point is that you’re intentional and authentic in your choices.


Search for Pieces That Complement Instead of Match


If you want all your pieces to match, then by all means do you, but most people will probably want some variety in their home. Let’s say your primary wood tone is your floor. You should look at the floor’s undertones and work off of that. If your flooring is a deep brown, you’ll probably want lighter wood tones for a good contrast, and vice versa. Don’t forget that you’re not reserved to the tone alone, and that you can mix wood species and grains too.

Now that you know which mistakes to avoid when mixing wood tones, you can take your home’s décor to a new level. That said, you might be considering your wood tones for a new home or for a home remodel.

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