Tips for Mixing Wood Furniture with Different Design Styles

April 15th, 2024 Blog

clean, minimalist living room seen from hallway

Buying furniture after your 20s, after you’ve worked and lived on your own for years, often takes a very different approach. You’re no longer a student looking for hand-me-downs or free furniture on the roadside. Maybe a hodgepodge of furniture made sense when you inherited them from different places and you accepted what you could find.

Being deliberate and selecting each piece of furniture means choosing a style you like or potentially mixing styles. Each piece of furniture says something about your aesthetic sense, but so does how you combine pieces to form a coherent whole.

Woodcraft is proud to make a range of wood furniture in different styles for every room. We also change up materials within the same pieces sometimes, such as desks with glass tops, or solid wood tables with powder-coated metal bases for an industrial look.

Let’s check out a few tips to bear in mind when blending differently-styled wood furniture.

Dominant Tone Matters

Interior décor doesn’t need to be so match-matchy anymore. There’s no need for every style in a room to be all alike, and that means you can have furniture for your living room made of oak, maple, or walnut, all in the same room. But it also helps to have a sense of continuity.

You can achieve a sense of unity or wholeness by matching your furniture to one dominant tone. If you have wood floors, match everything else to the floor’s colour or tone since your floor is literally the underlying wooden feature and, therefore, the most prominent.

Light wood furniture on top of a light wooden floor will look harmonious, even if the types of wood differ. You can buy wood furniture and customize the colour, size, and wood type, so you can control every aspect of its look.

Let the biggest piece of wood dictate the dominant tone. If you don’t have wooden floors, choose the room’s largest piece of wooden furniture. For example, if you have prominent wood shelves or a hutch in a carpeted room, make accent tables match the shelving by choosing a complementary tone.

It does not need to be the same type of wood in the same colour, but it could clash if they’re opposites.

Undertone is Key, Too

Sometimes, the wooden tones in a room are prominent and impossible to miss. Other times, there are quieter, more subtle undertones that you can match and pair how you like. Maybe the kitchen chairs have fabric and coverings, and while made of wood, the grains aren’t very prominent. Match the hints and undertones of the wood in different pieces of furniture to create a low-key way to create harmony.

wood kitchen table

In fashion, this is akin to having the details or accents from a shirt match a detail on a pair of pants or an accessory that you wear, like jewellery.


Contrast Can Be Fascinating

Feeling bold? At the risk of undermining the above recommendations, those inclined to make some daring decor choices can thoughtfully, mindfully contrast wood tones. Maybe some medium or dark-toned wood can play nicely against a light floor, creating depth.

Sometimes, using the same type of wood everywhere can look kind of flat. A reclaimed wood dining room table can look great with a range of sideboards, armoires, and hutches, even if they’re made of different types of woods.

When you get into the nitty gritty, it’s all about the finish, colour, and the overall design style. It’s also crucial to match the size of the furniture to the room, or the proportions will make things look off.

A small table in a large space will seem like it’s floating, while a large piece in a smaller space will feel like it’s confining and swallowing too much room. Measuring carefully is extra important when getting wood furniture for small spaces, as you’ll have more limitations, and the pieces need to fit.

Personal Style is Everything

Some people feel comfortable in loud, vibrant atmospheres. To them, a simple, flat look is boring and unsatisfying. Others take to a mellow, calm vibe, and find overlapping styles to be loud or clashing.

So long as you understand your own preferences and go into designing your home with a plan, you’ll be OK! Just remember that the way everything fits together determines the feel of the room, and you need to be mindful of this and not just collect individual pieces of furniture you like.

Perhaps check out a few design magazines or some online spaces for inspiration. If you’re starting to furnish a room from scratch, you have the advantage of making it look how you want. Remember that you want to create an environment that makes you feel comfortable day to day, not just something that would look great once when seen in a magazine.

Mixing Design Aesthetics

Finally, let’s have a word about matching not just wood types, but design styles. If you put rustic country house furniture in the same room as urban, contemporary pieces, can you make it work? Absolutely!

Just consider how much space there is between pieces and how much they contrast. You may not want to pile contrasting pieces atop one another or place them side by side. You can select furniture for commercial spaces in one part of the room against something with a traditional look, but you should give the furniture enough room to breathe.

Mixing styles is easier to do when one of the pieces is a little quieter, so there’s balance. It may be challenging to match two contrasting pieces if they’re both very loud, but if you’re determined, anything’s possible! So long as you’re thoughtful and draw on some design principles, you can elevate your home by sticking to these rules or violating them as you see fit.

When it comes to interior décor, there are only general principles and precedents that have worked before for some people. Feel free to go about furnishing your home however you like. Woodcraft is proud to build high quality furniture that will last for years. How you make it look is up to you.