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Mixing Different Types of Wood

May 20, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, we looked at how to incorporate your TV into your decor (with a follow-up last week). Today, I am looking at another of Astrid’s (from RedRedCompletelyRed) great questions:

how can you make a whole bunch of furniture, all in different types of woods (ie. birch, beech, walnut, black!) look all right together in the same room. Or is it even possible?

I remember reading somewhere that combining different types of wood together is not a problem, because when you look at a forest you can see different types of trees and in the same way different types of wood can also work together in an interior. I found this quite interesting, because I’d never looked at it that way.
For simplicity’s sake, it can be easy to stick to one type of wood. However, when creating a room that feels interesting combining different types of wood can really be a good way to introduce variety into a room.

When I saw this room featured on Decor8 the other day, I got excited because it has a beautiful style and combines several types of wood very successfully. It also has a gorgeous airy feel to it and the homeowner is Danish, which is perfect because Astrid loves Scandinavian style.

So, I thought we could look at the photos and see some of the things that have been done in this house.

While the different types of wood are not visible in this photo, it is important to note the overall feel of the room. In order to create harmony, it can help a lot to have an overall similarity in the lines of the furniture and accessories. The room has a modern rustic feel thanks to the clean lines of the furniture, the natural colors and elements such as the bead board ceiling and vintage stove.

Here, you can see three different types of wood: The medium brown floor and tray on the coffee table as well as the shelf on the wall. The warm yellow-toned coffee table. The gray-toned stools.

One thing to keep in mind is that repetition makes anything look more intentional. Having several items (a rule of thumb is three at least) with a similar color in a room creates continuity. You can use several pieces of furniture of the same color, or add smaller accessories like picture frames, lamp bases, candle holders, trays, etc.

Not all the pieces in the photo are wood, yet here you can see the same colors as in the photo above: The warm yellow tone of the bench, a gray-tone in the lamp base, a medium tone in the leather bag and scarf. It’s a great example of how accessories can pull add similar color to a room and help pull it together.


{Images: Anita Schytte. For more images of this house, check out the post at Decor8 : A Delightfully Danish Home.}

Another tip is to put something between two types of wood that don’t work well together, like using an area rug between furniture and the floor.

Do you have different types of wood in your home or do you prefer to stick to one type?

Ps. If you have any questions that you’d like me to have a go at, shoot me an e-mail!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 21, 2011 9:14 am

    I adore the way that room looks! The rustic feel really gives in the log cabin ambiance which is comforting and I always wish I could emulate.

  2. May 21, 2011 1:59 pm

    What a smart statement: “when you look at a forest you can see different types of trees”. I’ve never heard that, but when I read it, I thought – of course! I think that some of the most successful interior design principles are based on things in the natural world – similar to the ‘wabi sabi’ concept. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi)

    Love this post, Jadyn!

  3. May 24, 2011 4:32 pm

    LOVE this post! It really got me thinking about mixing things up.

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