Mixing Multiple Wood Finishes
When choosing dining table and chairs, the most commonly asked question is "Should I match the table with my floors?" or "Do my (dining chair) legs have to match the table?". What seems like an easy decision is often met with uncertainty and stress. Here are 5 simple secrets to consider when mixing multiple wood finishes in the same room.
1) Look for the Undertones. While wood finishes don’t need to match, they should complement each other. Look at the colour variations of wood floors or existing furniture to see if it is warm or cool, then make sure their undertones match, regardless of finish. In the example below, the coffee table is darker than the floors, however it works well in this space as they are in complementary warm undertones.
2) Go with the grain. Keep patterns similar to retain the feel of the room. Larger wood grains suggest a more casual approach while a finer grain signal's formality. The various pieces of wood furniture and the floor (above picture) all have a different finish, but the open, rustic nature of the wood makes it work across the board.
3) Add a rug. Placing a wood table directly on top of a different wood floor will draw attention to their dissimilarity. Adding something in between, like a rug or carpet, lets them breathe a little and smooths the transition.
4) Keep it Simple. Keep your choices to two or three types of finishes then repeat each finish a couple of times throughout the room. This will help your space look more cohesive and feel balanced.
5) Add some White. White and wood is one of those magical combinations. They just work seamlessly. When you have a variety of wood tones that would otherwise look too heavy, intersperse your interior with some contrasts of white. White walls or painted furniture or even artwork will break it up and calm down the potential crazy.
Variation in colour, pattern, texture, and style is essential to decorating — it helps to keep things interesting and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. When it comes to wood finishes, match-y match-y floors and furniture can look flat and dated. Remember, it's all about the mix, not the match.