How to Mix and Match Wood Tones in Your Home

Ellington Dining SetMany of the most stunning and timeless furniture pieces found in any home are made of wood. Amish made furniture is regarded as some of the most beautiful, but wood furniture itself just has a solid presence and a warmth to it that sets it apart from other materials. Because of this, it’s common to want multiple wood pieces throughout a home, which can get a little tricky.

Because trees themselves are so unique, the features of the furniture made from their wood are also unique. This is especially true of the high-quality Amish furniture we offer because each is truly a one-of-a-kind-pieces. Some find it a challenge to furnish their home with multiple pieces if each are so unique in coloring, tone, style, and grain. Fortunately, a few simple tips can help.

The good news for anyone with a collection of wood furniture pieces is that they do not all have to match. In fact, it’s better if they don’t. When it comes to wood furniture, contrast is a very good thing. There are several ways to mix and match pieces to complement each other, and even bring out the best qualities of each in the process.

Start from the Ground Up

Since many homes feature wood floors, it makes sense to begin there. Wood floors and wood furniture can pair beautifully together with just a few considerations.

First, it is best that any wood pieces in the room contrast slightly with the floor, but match in undertone (see below). For example, if the furniture piece and the floor are both warm in tone, it is better if one is slightly darker in color than the other.

Rugs also make excellent buffers between furniture and floor when both are wood. Of course, they keep the floor from getting scraped, but they also provide a visual separation between the two woods, which can be visually pleasing.

Find the One

Decorators and designers have long recommended having one piece in each room that is “featured” in the room. When there are multiple wood pieces in a room, it is best if one is clearly the focal—or anchor—piece. This can be done by centering a favorite piece on a prominent wall or highlighting it with artwork or accent pieces. Placing it in front of a feature wall that is painted with an accent color or covered with a textile or special pattern will also give it a prominent place. Once this focal piece is in place, the other furniture can be arranged to balance and complement it.

Look for Complementary Undertones

Wood tones can be warm or cool, depending on the color of the wood. Woods that are red or yellow in color tend to have a warmer tone than woods that are grey in color. Generally, it’s best to keep similar tones together.

Get to Know the Grains

The arrangement of a tree’s fibers give it its grain. Depending on the type of tree and the way it is cut, wood furniture also has a grain. When it comes to furniture, it is generally true that large grain features tend to look more casual and small grain features look more formal. The two can be used together in combination if there is a nice balance to the types of grains in one space. Having one that is completely different than all the others can make it stick out—and not in a good way.

Tie it all Together

When there is a mix of woods used in a home, textiles and accent colors can go a long way to bring the look together in a cohesive theme. For example, repeating one accent color throughout a room, perhaps on a pillow, vase, lampshade, and picture frame can make the room feel like it all goes together, even if the pieces were collected over time and not purchased as a set. Having a similar “style” to all the pieces has a similar, unifying effect.

In general, the way to mix and match wood tones in your home is to create balance. This can be done with complementary tones, contrasting colors, combined grains, and cohesive colors or styles.

For more inspiration for how this can be done with Amish made furniture, visit our site to see the highest quality Amish furniture pieces. Want personal assistance? We invite you to speak with one of our designers for additional insight into mixing and matching wood tones in your home.

by Nora Williamson

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