15 Ways To Mix Different Wood Shades in Your Decor

Mixed wood planks covering accent wall in brightly-lit bedroom

The Spruce / Christopher Lee Foto

The moment for rooms filled with matchy-matchy wood décor has come and (thankfully) gone. These days, mixing up different wood shades when decorating adds variation in color, texture, and pattern, which makes a space more visually appealing. But what is the secret for combining different woods tones without making a room feel cobbled together?

While there are no hard and fast rules, there are a few things you can keep in mind to achieve a specific look or mood. The essential need to know? Natural wood colors are neutrals making them fairly goof proof to incorporate into any color scheme. From contrasting tones to patterned grains, here are tips for mixing and matching wood shades like a pro.

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    Small Open Concept Home With Rustic Appeal

    Rustic Wood feature wall in a tiny home
    Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

    In this open concept small home by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design based in Portland, Oregon, all of the wood furniture matches the reclaimed wood feature wall. The dining table made of walnut, which is a lovely hardwood known for its strength picks up the walls chocolate brown tones. The mismatched dining chairs in beech add a little contrast. The honey-toned wood coordinates beautifully not only with the wall's caramel tones but also the oak floor.

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    Combine Live Edge Wood with Modern Wood Pieces

    rugged live edge wood accents
    Cortney and Robert Novogratz

    Four different wood tones are incorporated in this tiny kitchen by New York based interior design duo Cortney and Robert Novogratz. The gorgeous natural shape of the live edge wood countertop draws the eye. The rustic, carved wood bar stools in walnut lend a boho style feel. Adding a burst of golden yellow color are the custom oak cabinets. Topping off the floors are planks of warm walnut.

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    Add Warmth to a Neutral Color Scheme With Different Wood Tones

    fireplace surrounded by wood grain tile
    Phase 2 Builders

    Various wood accents in different tones add warmth to a neutral living room with a cool color scheme. The design team at California based Phase 2 Builders paired white walls with pale hickory flooring to make the bright space appear bigger. Faux wood porcelain tiles cover the fireplace. A walnut unit on the left adds practical storage. The lounge chair and mantel are both solid oak.

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    Go For Contrasting Colors and Textures

    wood bowls next to a small potted plant
    Fantastic Frank

    Instead of matching wood pieces keep contrast, particularly when it comes to textures and finishes, in mind. From furniture to decorative accessories all of the wood tones shown in this Scandinavian apartment spotted on Fantastic Frank fit together. The smooth wood serving bowls pop against the rugged dining table. The reddish midcentury console made of rosewood complements the golden oak floors.

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    DIY Wood Feature Wall in Bedroom

    warm faux rustic plank wall
    Kristin Eldridge

    Blogger, Kristin Eldridge, took ordinary plywood planks to the next level using different shades of wood stain when creating this DIY feature wall. The finished project gave her bedroom a charming modern farmhouse feel.

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    Modern White Kitchen With Warm Natural Wood Tones

    Rustic Modern White Wood Farmhouse Kitchen
    Studio McGee

    Rustic wood accents warm up this modern white kitchen by the interior designers at Studio McGee out of Utah. Rough-hewed ceiling beams lend drama. Sliced wood slabs top off the kitchen bar stools. A one of a kind range hood with wood trim adds a dash of polish.

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    Wood Accents in Modern Black Living Room

    black brick fireplace wood mantel
    Donna Dufresne Design

    Black walls and different wood tones give this living room an edge. Donna Dufresne Design based in Portland, Oregon decorated the space in classic midcentury furniture. On the left is vintage sofa with a rosewood frame. The slatted coffee table is dark teak. Next to the black leather lounger is a tree stump end table. The wood mantel breaks up the dark wall while underscoring the cow skull.

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    How to Combine Warm and Cool Tones of Wood

    small guest room in bungalow wood paneling
    Vidal Design Collaborative

    Do not be afraid to combine both cool and warm tones of wood in a space. In this guest room by California based interior design firm Vidal Design Collaborative a cool, pale wood floor is paired with dark, warm wood walls. The bedding in soothing cool blue colors and rug in a stimulating and warm shade of red help to balance the room's contrasting color scheme.

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    Raw Wood Adds Texture to a Modern Apartment

    Wood and concrete feature wall
    Egue y Seta

    Different tones of raw room wood lends texture to a bedroom in a small, modern apartment by Egue y Seta, an interior design firm out of Spain. The built-in room divider is framework lumber in whitewood. Planks of red oak cover the half wall and floor.

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    Choose Colorful Accents That Bring Out the Beauty in Wood

    wood and blue tones in coastal home

    Decorative accents in vibrant shades of blue color complement the natural wood tones shown in this dining room by New York City based interior designer Orlando Soria at Homepolish. The rustic table is solid oak. The chairs with wicker seats are natural teak. The countertop along the wall on the right is stained walnut.

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    Silvery Reclaimed Wood Paired With Golden Oak Flooring

    Rustic wood accents in country blue kitchen
    Holmes Hole Builders

    Reclaimed weathered wood walls with lovely silvery-blue undertones are combined with golden oak ceilings and floors in this kitchen by Holmes Hole Builders situated in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.

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    Apartment Brimming With Midcentury Style

    Teal and White living room
    Marion Alberge

    In this midcentury inspired apartment by French interior designer Marion Alberge bold strokes of teal color go together with various wood tones. The Noguchi coffee table has a natural cherry wood base. The green velvet lounge chair has a solid black walnut frame. The hardwood floors are stained black ebony. The wood shelving and desk are walnut veneer.

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    Mix Contemporary Wood Finishes With Rustic Wood Finishes

    black and wood kitchen with pendant lights
    Bailey General Contracting

    This kitchen by San Francisco, California based Bailey General Contracting is the perfect mash-up of contemporary and rustic style. The modern walnut kitchen cabinets were given a personal spin with reclaimed oak panels. The stools, which are also walnut, add an industrial feel. The vintage wood light fixtures add a pop of light contrast.

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    Pair Contrasting Wood Tones and Wood Grains

    retro style midcentury console with wall art
    Taylor and Taylor

    Pairing different wood tones with contrasting grains will enhance a room's visual appeal, especially when it is sparsely decorated. In this charming bungalow by design team Taylor and Taylor a gorgeous Mahogany console with a striking grain tops off an old oak floor.

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    Jewel Box Dining Room With Dark Wood Furniture

    midcentury inspired room with mixed woods

    Dark wood pieces and jewel tone furniture radiate luxury in this small apartment dining room by New York City based Homepolish designer, Deanna Dewey. The walnut bar is a throwback from the mad men era. The reddish wood dining set is another vintage find.