For so long it has been a trend to furnish your home with dark, espresso-stained, nearly-black furniture.  I fell prey to this trend when we purchased our home almost seven years ago.  Literally every piece we bought new was drenched in darkness & something I have been desperately trying to pull ourselves out of ever since.  Every piece felt heavy & bulky… mostly because every item was in this finish.  It felt too big box for me.

As my taste has evolved over the years, I have learned that it is better to mix your wood tones & finishes in your home.  The heavy espresso stained table can still work! – (but when paired with a warmer wood tone chair & a painted armoire.)  The decor rules now have evolved to a point of there are no rules! Building a layered look will withstand the trends and carry your space into the future, longer.

Lonny Mag

This space has multiple finishes, but it still feels cohesive.  There is the dark chest of drawers, the rich brown tones in the frame, the white washed chair & the white painted shelving.  The white shelving becomes a neutral & fades away allowing the other pieces to take center stage.  The chest of drawers is the anchor piece easily allowing a new finish to be introduced with the accent chair.

Jay Jeffers

The dark wood on the two arm chairs is in contrast to the beautifully built-in wood framed shelves.  They work well as they are in the same tones… both a neutral brown, just in different shades.

House Beautiful

One of the easiest ways to incorporate wood tone mixing is to create balance & symmetry.  The two dark arm chairs are balanced out by the espresso coffee table because it is topped with a camel colored leather.  The camel color is replicated with the blonde wood sideboard in the back of the room.  They topped the sideboard with three wood framed mirrors in the dark stain, which toed the entire look back together.

Atlanta Homes

With gorgeous wood walls & a herringbone planked floor, you wood think that adding another wood into this space would be difficult.  But the addition of the drifted grey woods & the darker espresso finishes on the chair legs keep this room feeling luxe & layered.

Luckily, the big box stores are now beginning to offer their furniture in a wide variety of finishes.  Not just White & Espresso.  So feel free to lighten up the reigns on the matching sets & lighten up your wood stains as well.

x o – Kristin | the Hunted Interior