There are hundreds of different kinds of wood finishes to choose from. Do you choose a pale pine softwood for its subtle color and decorative knotty effect, or do you go for dark, red mahogany to make a statement? A well-balanced combination of different wood stickers looks much more elegant in a real space, but the process isn’t always straightforward. Here are 11 tips for blending wood stickers to keep the look seamless.
Shop With Your Samples
Long before you take the parts home, start putting together a satisfying b
lend of wood finishes. That’s why, preferably as part of a flea market toolkit, you can still buy with your wood samples in hand.
You will be able to order small wood samples from the suppliers with newish wood furniture of recognizable brands, whether purchased new or secondhand. Take images of your wood furniture finishes and check them for color consistency if necessary.
Complementary Is Better Than Close
You’re not going to end up with a bunch of similar sets if you buy your furniture one piece at a time from flea markets, yard sales, and other secondhand outlets.
While this should solve the matchy-matchy problem, many do-it-yourself decorators still want to get near. That’s a blunder. Wood finishes that are almost identical seem as if you tried and failed. Mixing a number of wood finishes that compliment (but aren’t identical) each other seems to be a deliberate design preference.
Identify the Undertones
If you’re not sure which wood finishes go well together, choose parts with similar color temperatures, often known as undertones.
Warm undertone wood finishes appear yellow, orange, or red. The cool undertones have a grayish tint to them. The wood has a neutral paint temperature if the undertone seems to be beige. Neutral undertones are the most adaptable since they can be used in both warm and cold finishes, as well as other neutral woods.
Focus on the palest tone in the grain if you’re having difficulty finding the undertone of a wood finish. Alternatively, view the piece from afar such that it appears as a single hue. If you wear glasses, remove them for the final step.
Keep a Common Element
Your wood bits should make sense together, even though the stains don’t all fit. You will do this by ensuring that all of the pieces share one or two — but not all — elements.
In addition to the color temperature, formality, period, design, and shape are all important factors to remember. A typical form does not imply that they must all be identical. It simply means, for example, sticking to curvy rather than clean-lined forms.
Add a Unifying Piece
Try installing a piece with different tones — one that contains most or all of the room’s wood finishes — to creatively bring the different finishes together if you’re new to combining wood finishes. Zebrawood, inlaid chairs, burled finishes, and high-contrast pieces of big flame-shaped cathedrals are all good choices.
Opt for a Mix of Grain Patterns and Sizes
A wood finish is distinguished not only by its color. The grain pattern and size are also important. The stripes, swirls, or flame-like patterns seen in the wood are known as the grain pattern. The scale of such elements determines the grain pattern size. Choose a variety of different wood grains, just like you would a variety of cloth patterns and pattern sizes to add appeal.
Scatter Close Finishes Throughout the Room
When using various wood finishes to decorate a bed, you must consider both their location in the room and their similarity to one another.
If all of the dark woods are concentrated on one side of the room, for example, that side will appear too thick, and the room will appear lopsided. Instead, for a visually balanced look, scatter finishes that are similar in color throughout the room.
Adjust the Contrast
When blending wood finishes for the first time, it’s fine to take it slowly.
If you don’t want to go with the matching package, you don’t have to go with a high-contrast blend of espresso-stained ash and pale pickled wood. Start with a light-and-medium or medium-and-dark blend to get your feet wet.
When you’re ready, you can still add more contrast.
Choose a Dominant Tone
Using the same volume of something in an interior is rarely a good idea, and this involves wood finishes. It’s tedious. Uneven proportions build suspense — the positive kind — and bring visual appeal.
Select one wood tone to act as the focal point. That may actually mean that it has the largest surface area, such as flooring or a dining table with additional seating for eight people. Reserve two or three bits for your dominant tone if none of the wood surfaces are considerably bigger than the others.
The parts of your dominant tone don’t have to be identical, and in most cases, they shouldn’t be. If they’re all black or orange-toned, the dark or orangey wood is considered the dominant color.
Soften the Transition With Textiles
You don’t have to stack various wood finishes on top of each other when mixing them. If you like the look, you can, but it’s also fine to use textiles to smooth the transition from tone to colour. A good example is an area rug.
If the finish on your hardwood floor differs greatly from the finish on your drink or dinner table, a bright rug on the floor between them softens the contrast.
Add Other Hard Surfaces to the Mix
Unless you’re going for a lodge look, it’s possible to get so much wood in a bed, no matter how good a finish mixer you are.
Add other hard surfaces to your room to break up the woody look. Lacquered and decorated bits are also excellent choices. Since you can’t see the grain, they don’t count as wood for this reason.
Steel, shell, mirror, glass, and acrylic surfaces are also options.