September 23, 2020 3 min read

Whether you're picking out flooring, furniture or decor to freshen a room, you're likely looking at differing wood tones and stains. While it may seem at first glance that different hues would clash and create visual chaos, it can actually lead to a sense of harmony if you're intentional and do it right.

Using an array of wood stains mixed in one space can create a sophisticated flair that feels both homey and unique. If you're a bit unsure of where to start, keep these guidelines in mind.

1. Pay Attention to Undertones

One of the best ways to create consistency through your space is to use woods and stains with the same undertones. If you stick to this rule of thumb, you can use countless colors and still end up with a coordinated look. If you have a floor with warm, red-based undertones, it's best to stick with that color family throughout the area. If you tend to go for more of a midrange tone, you can simply bring that out in your furniture and accessories. 

2. Create a Medley of Wood Hues

As long as you're following specific undertones, you can really go crazy with the colors you choose. Try going for a look where the wood tones and neutral hues are the stars of the show. Since hickory can span multiple shades and tends to have a more neutral undertone, it's a great flooring base for a style choice like this, though any flooring can work. 

Choosing various colors in your kitchen chairs, mixing and matching from your bed frame to your nightstand, and simply using a range of accessories can create this effect and give a room depth.

3. Go for Complete Contrast

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If you're looking for more of a two-toned aesthetic, going for complete and stark contrast can layer a room with complex shades that draw the eye. A dark table paired with light chairs is a great example of this technique. If your floor is a dark wood, lighten the room up with some softer furnishings. If the floor is a bright pine or bamboo, stain your furniture dark or go for heavier woods to create some warmth.

4. Use Accessories to Tie Things Together

Whether you're going for the two-toned look or creating a mixture of stains and hues, filling in the gaps with accessories can elevate your style and make any room feel cohesive. From wall decor to storage, try to fill in the gaps in tone or simply match smaller accessories to the primary colors throughout your space to draw the eye. You can truly get creative with your choices, especially if you're filling in a range.

5. Find Stark Neutrals

One of the best ways to mix-and-match wood tones is going super stark with one or more of your base colors. There's no reason to worry. Yes, white can get dirty easily and black can be a bit deep and dark at first glance, but they can also make a room feel sleek and sophisticated. Stain a statement credenza black or paint your kitchen table white for a super cool finish. It's sure to make a splash.

The Earth Calls

Inviting multiple tones of wood into your home can create the deep, visually appealing space you've always dreamed of living in. Even a bit of extra attention to the range and undertones can truly make all the difference. It's all about finding your favorite hues and running with them. There's truly nothing like bringing natural tones into your home, no matter how you do it.