Mixing wood tones is sometimes mistakenly thought of as a design faux pas, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Mixing them the wrong way definitely creates disharmony in a space, but mixing the right ones together can elevate a room’s style and give it a lot of character.
Mixed wood tones also give a room a very “pro” look because most people are too nervous to choose more than one wood finish, so you usually only see it in designer spaces. Including this look in your own home is a great way to make its design more dynamic and give it that “designer” touch.
The key to mixing wood tones is to keep the same undertone throughout all of the woods. You can mix dark with light, rough with polished as long as you keep the undertone the same, such as a grey or red undertone.
Here are 10 examples of rooms with mixed wood tones to inspire you.
Mixed Wood Tones
Several different wood finishes are at work in this modern, fresh space. The darkest is on the floor to create contrast, laying the groundwork for a washed wood armoire, a light wood cabinet, and an unfinished end table.
A grey wood paneled ceiling with light-colored beams creates a lovely contrast and statement. Then, you’ve got the polished floors and yet another wood on a nearby accent wall, all working together and supplying character.
Unfinished wood beams bring a lot of charm to this otherwise modern kitchen. Warm wood bar stools pull out some of the darker grain accents in the flooring.
Source: Desire to Inspire
Polished wood floors and an unfinished wood bar contrast with each other to bring a lot of character to this space. You even have one beam to carry it upward.
Source: Country Living
The wood on the floor and island are close in color, but the floorboards have a rougher quality while the island is polished and decorated with gorgeous details.
Source: Traditional Home
A white-washed wood island is a great middle ground between the white cabinets and polished, dark wood floors to bring an accent of country chic flavor.
Source: Better Homes & Gardens
A slightly lighter floor lets the countertops stand out while creating a rustic vibe.
Source: House & Home
This hallway creates a stunning juxtaposition: dark, polished floors on the bottom and light, unfinished wood on the ceiling. Amazing!
Source: Rachael Halverson Design via My Design Chic
The dark floors and white cabinets are both in high gloss, while the wood grain cabinets are matte, not only providing some contrast but also serving as a nice balance between the extreme light and dark.
Source: Milestone Building
The floors are a lovely modern tone that fades into the background, while the brighter wood beams make a beautiful statement.
Source: Architectural Digest
Don’t be afraid to mix it up!