Having the presence of wood in a space is a great way to incorporate natural beauty while benefiting from durability. Being such a versatile material, wood is used for flooring, window treatments, shelving or storage, furniture, etc. in homes. With so many opportunities to bring this natural material into the home, it can sometimes be a challenge to coordinate the wood colors present in a space. Here are some tips to consider:

If you have different wooden elements in a space, one approach is to try and keep the colors uniform. This is a bit easier to achieve if the space is smaller and the wood color present is a common one such as white, golden oak, cherry, mahogany, or espresso. Due to their popularity, it may be easier to find complimentary items of the same color. However, keep in mind that matching a wood color doesn’t have to be exact. Because wood is a natural material, color variation is an attribute and often occurs. This is a positive in that it allows for a bit of flexibility when attempting to match a wood color.

An additional alternative to trying to match an existing wood color would be to introduce another wood color to the space. Here, caution should be exercised. Depending on the size of the space, you may want to limit the amount of variation and stick to two to three different colors at most. If you are able to have three wooden colors present, try to have one be a neutral white or off white so that you don’t risk clashing colors.

Although introducing another color can be tricky, there are some common color combinations that work well. For instance, if you have a cherry or merlot colored wood, cream colored wooden or faux wood blinds provide a great contrast. Espresso can either have a complementary gray color (a bit more masculine) or a contrasting light neutral. Finally, if you have white wood present in a space, you have a lot of options in with adding another wooden color. However, if you have white woods, try to avoid off-white or alabaster colors as they may appear aged or dirty next to white. Instead, opt for a wood deep enough in color to contrast the white like a beige or cream.

By Gina G