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How to Successfully Mix Wood Tones in Your Home

How to Successfully Mix Wood Tones in Your Home

 When it comes to interior design, incorporating different wood tones can add warmth, depth, and visual interest to your home. However we understand, mixing wood tones can be a challenging task. If not done correctly, it can result in a chaotic and mismatched look. But with a few simple tips, you can successfully mix wood tones in your home and create a harmonious and visually appealing environment.

A nice selection of wooden furniture and accessories in few different wood tones.

Follow these four tips to help you successfully mix wood tones in your home today.

1. Mix it up.


Kitchen with an island and wooden beams on the ceiling. The beams and the hardwood floor have a nice contrast between the two wood tones. Display how to successfully mix wood tones.

 Don't use the same wood tone through out your entire space. By doing so you will make your room feel flat and uninviting. Gone are the days of matching every piece of furniture and trim with the same tone. 

Instead, embrace the beauty of different wood tones. This will create a more visually interesting and inviting space. 

2. Choose a primary and secondary tone.


dining room with wooden table and chairs and a plant sitting in the one corner.

 Your Primary wood tones refer to the dominant wood color or finish in a room. This is usually the color of  the most prominent wood element in the space such a wooden floors, kitchen cabinets, or trim and doors.

Having a primary wood tone provides a sense of cohesion and grounding in a room. It helps to establish a visual anchor and creates a focal point. 

Your secondary wood tone is a complementary color that helps to enhance and balance the primary wood tone. It can be introduced through smaller furniture pieces (like our wooden benches) and accessories (Our wooden trays are a wonderful small accessories).

Secondary wood tones add depth and dimension to your room. They help to break up the monotony of a single wood tone and create visual interest. By introducing secondary wood tones, you will create a more layered and curated look. 

3. Understand the undertone

 When mixing wood tones, it's important to pay attention to the undertones of each type of wood.

 Some woods have warm undertones, like red, yellow, or orange while others have cool undertones, like gray, green, or  blue. To ensure a cohesive look, match the undertones of the different wood tones in your space. This will help create a sense of harmony and prevent clashing colors. 

A graph showing the difference of warm wood tones versus cool wood tones

 4. Use each tone more than once in your space


Open shelves in a kitchen displaying a variety of wooden accessories.

 In order to design a cohesive space spread each wood tone all through out the room.

Open shelves in a kitchen with a nice selection of wooden accessories.

 By using each wood tone multiple times through out your space it will help you create a harmonious flow through out the room and establish a visual connection between different areas of the space. This repetition creates a sense of unity and cohesiveness, making the room feel well put together.

By following these four expert tips, you can successfully mix wood tones in your home and create a visually stunning and cohesive space. Remember to start by choosing a couple different tones, starting with a dominant tone and then adding a contrasting tone ,understand the undertone in the wood/stain that you are using, and use each tone more than once. With these guidelines in mind, you can achieve a harmonious and balanced look that will elevate the style of your home.

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Wooden Interior Bench. Four spots to use it to add style to your home.

Wooden Interior Bench. Four spots to use it to add style to your home.

Are you tired of the same old boring furniture arrangements in your home? Looking to add a touch of style and functionality to your space? Well, look no further! We've got you covered with our top four favorite spots to style a wooden interior bench in your home. These versatile pieces of furniture can transform any room into a cozy and stylish haven. So, let's dive right in and explore the possibilities!

Four locations to style a wooden interior bench to add functionality and coziness to your home.

1. Bedroom:

Rustic bench in white oak styled at the foot of a bed.

You've got a bed, a dresser, and maybe even a cute little nightstand. But have you ever considered adding a wooden interior bench at the foot of your bed? No? Well, let me tell you, my friend, you're missing out on a whole world of style and functionality!

Style Meets Comfort

First things first, it adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to your bedroom. It's like the cherry on top of a delicious sundae. It instantly elevates the overall aesthetic and creates a focal point that will make your bedroom the envy of all your friends.

Endless Possibilities

But wait, there's more! A wooden bench is not just a pretty face. It's also incredibly versatile. You can use it as a convenient spot to sit while you put on your shoes or as a place to lay out your clothes for the next day. It's like having a personal stylist right in your bedroom!

Wooden bench sitting in front of a bed. The bench is styled with a green plant and a white throw blanket.

Cozy Vibes

Picture this: you're curled up in bed, reading your favorite book, and you glance over to see your beautifully styled interior bench. It's like a cozy nook just waiting for you to snuggle up with a cup of tea and a fluffy blanket. It adds that extra touch of warmth and comfort to your bedroom sanctuary.

2. Laundry room/ Entryway:

Bench styled in a laundry room. A tan throw blanket and green pillow are styled on the bench.

Let's face it, Laundry rooms and entryways can be a bit dull. But fear not, because we have the perfect solution to add some pizzazz to these often overlooked spaces. Solution, add a beautiful interior bench.

Beauty Meets Functionality

Not only will a bench add a beautiful focal point, and take your spot from dull to interesting, but I will provide the perfect spot for a place where you and your family can sit down to put on your shoes on before you head put the door.

Don't you hate the thought of having to either sit on the floor or hoping around like a crazy person while trying to get your shoes on quickly before leaving the house?

Added Storage

Bench against a white wall with storage baskets styled underneath the bench.

Struggling with knowing where to go with all your "ugly" items like hats, socks, and shoes? Add some pretty storage bins under your bench to store all of these items in. This will instantly clean up your space and make it feel a lot more put together. 

One thing to keep in mind with this is, is that you will need a bench without a riser.

Our classic bench would be a wonderful option. It is available in either wormy maple, or white oak wood.

3. Dinning Room:

Are you tired of the same old dining room setup? Looking to add a touch of uniqueness and style to your space? A fun way to switch thing up in your dinning room is by replacing some of your dinning chairs with a wooden bench. Not only will it give your dining area a fresh and trendy look, but it also offers a range of practical benefits.

 Maximize Your Seating Capacity

Let's face it, dining tables can sometimes be a bit cramped, especially when you have guests over. By incorporating a bench, you can easily squeeze in a few extra people without the hassle of adding more chairs. 

Create a Cozy and Casual Atmosphere

Who says dining should always be formal and stuffy? With a bench, you can instantly create a more relaxed and casual vibe. It's perfect for those lazy Sunday brunches or intimate family dinners where everyone can gather around and enjoy each other's company.

Save Space and Optimize Functionality

If you have a small dining area, a bench can be a game-changer. It takes up less space compared to individual chairs, allowing you to make the most of your limited square footage. You can even tuck the bench neatly under the table when it's not in use, giving you more room to move around.

4. Hallway:

Bench against a white wall with a denim jacket and potted plant styled on it.

Adding an interior bench to your hallway instantly elevates the style of your home. It's like giving your hallway a fashionable makeover without breaking the bank. Hallways can often be overlooked in a home but they don't have to be, with a little though and creativity it can be a beautiful and inviting spot in your home.  

Showcase Your Personal Style

 It allows you to express your creativity and add a touch of your unique personality to the space. Whether you prefer a modern, minimalist look with our classic bench or a warm and cozy look with our Rustic bench, we have a bench available that perfectly complements your style.

Create a Welcoming Atmosphere

A hallway with an interior bench instantly creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere for you and your guests. It's like a friendly invitation to come in, take a seat, and feel at home. You can decorate the bench with cozy cushions, soft blankets, or even a few potted plants to enhance the welcoming vibe.

Wooden bench sitting against a white wall. A tan and green throw pillow are sitting on top of the bench.

So, there you have it! Whether you choose to style an interior bench in your entryway, bedroom, dining area, or hallway it's sure to add both style and functionality to your home. Get creative with your placement and have fun experimenting with different looks. After all, your home should reflect your personality while still being functional. Here at Rural Oak Woodworks we are all about creating pieces that showcase your style while still being functional that work well for you and your families.


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