Wood pieces add warmth and depth to a room, while mismatching your wood pieces helps add character. But when it comes to selecting your varying wood pieces, creating a pleasing mix of wood tones and finishes can be challenging. However, the following tips can help you intermingle your wood pieces properly for a space that is both stylish and put together.

Begin with a Large Piece

Starting with a larger wood piece, such as an armoire, bar cabinet, or China cabinet, enables you to set the overall tone for selecting your other wood pieces. To create contrast with your anchor piece, simply try incorporating a few contrasting wood finishes or tones around it until you find the right feel for you.


Stick with Similar Undertones

Selecting wood pieces with similar undertones helps ensure that your wood pieces complement each other, regardless of the differences in tones or finishes. So before choosing a wood piece, check to see if your current wood pieces are cool or warm, and then make sure their undertones match. You might even consider bringing a wood sample with you to help ensure a perfect match.


Balance Your Wood Pieces

When adding wood pieces to a room, it is important to balance the different wood finishes or tones throughout the space in order to prevent your room from having an off-centered effect. One way to balance your pieces is to place similar colored wood on opposite ends. You could even contrast dark furniture pieces, such as a couch or coffee table, by adding light wood pieces on either side of it to help ground the space and create an open feel.


Bring it All Together with Accent Color

To prevent your different wood pieces from becoming too conspicuous, simply unify the different grains, tones, and styles with a few accent accessories of the same color, such as throw pillows and lamp shades, to create harmony. You could even add an area rug to help blend uneven wood tones. Adding white wood furniture also helps balance different wood colors.


In the end, stick with pieces that you appreciate and that complement your personality, and everything about selecting your mismatched wood pieces will be just fine. When incorporating your pieces into your space, just remember to follow these few tips to help bring out the best in your wood pieces as well as your space.

Sim Fern is the founder of Upbeat Designs, a Brooklyn-based provider of custom furniture, upholstery, and millwork services for luxury residential and commercial spaces. Sim has always had a passion for furniture, as he’s been working in the business since he was a teenager. What started out as a side job turned into a career for Sim — he’s now transitioned from small projects for homeowners to a wide range of clientele with Upbeat Designs. You can connect with Sim Fern online.