One of the most common questions we are asked at Java is "can I mix different timbers in my home?”  The short answer is absolutely! 

When it comes to interior decorating, mixing various types of timber furniture can add warmth and character to your living space. However, there are a few elements to consider to ensure that your home maintains a harmonious and cohesive look. From wood tones and grain patterns to styles and finishes, these eight tips will help you create a balanced and visually appealing space. 

  1. Consider Wood Tones and Colors 

To achieve a cohesive look, pay attention to the tones and colors of the timber furniture pieces you're mixing. Aim for a balanced combination by selecting furniture with wood tones that complement each other. Whether you opt for similar warm or cool undertones or contrasting shades, finding harmony in the color palette is crucial. 

Another way to do this successfully is to link your pieces together with accessories. This may include cushions, rugs, ornaments & vases that include the same or similar colours so there is a common thread running through the room. We recommend choosing colours like sage green, metallic tones, or even industrial or natural accents to link different timbers together.

  1. Pay Attention to Grain Patterns 

The grain patterns in timber furniture can add texture and depth to your space. When mixing different pieces, vary the sizes and directions of the grain patterns for a more dynamic and visually appealing look. Whether it's the sleek and straight grain of oak or the intricate and swirling patterns of walnut, the grain adds a tactile element that invites touch and creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. This interplay of textures will enhance the overall aesthetic of your home. 

  1. Consider Scale and Proportions 

Achieving balance in your space is essential. Ensure that the different timber furniture pieces have compatible scales and proportions. Avoid overcrowding the room with oversized furniture or having too many small pieces that may look cluttered. Strive for balance and allow each piece its own space to shine.

  1. Harmonise Styles and Designs 

Mixing timber furniture with different styles and designs can be exciting, but as mentioned earlier, it's crucial to find a common element or theme that ties them together. Look for similarities in silhouettes, finishes, or detailing to create a cohesive visual flow throughout the room. Also, accessories such as wall art, ornaments, and cushions are often the perfect finishing touch to infuse your space with personality and charm.

  1. Contrast and Balance 

When mixing timber furniture, choose items that contrast, rather than nearly match. A contrast will look deliberate rather than poorly chosen. If you have light timber floors an option is to pair them with dark timber or black furniture, accented by lighter accessories and soft furnishings. Black and white or black and cream are also a very sharp and modern decor theme. 

Keep in mind that while it's important to introduce variety and visual interest, try not to overdo it. Too much contrast can create a chaotic or disjointed feel. Aim for a blend that allows each piece to complement the others.

  1. Consider Room Function and Mood 

The function and mood of the room should guide your selection of timber furniture. Lighter timber tones can contribute to an airy and casual atmosphere, perfect for spaces like living rooms or bedrooms. On the other hand, darker or richer tones can create a more formal or cozy ambiance, ideal for dining rooms or home offices. Choose timber furniture that aligns with the desired mood of each space.

  1. Evaluate Finishes and Coatings 

The finishes and coatings applied to timber furniture can greatly impact its appearance. Ensure that the finishes are compatible or complementary when mixing different pieces. If needed, consider refinishing or staining furniture to achieve a more unified and harmonious look. Consistency in finishes will enhance the overall aesthetic of your space.

  1. Create Visual Flow 

For a seamless transition between rooms, consider the flow and continuity of your timber furniture choices. If you're mixing timber furniture in adjoining spaces, aim for a smooth visual flow by incorporating similar wood tones or repeating design elements. This creates a sense of cohesion and harmony throughout your home.

The Takeaway

The possibilities are endless and it can be a lot of fun to piece together your personalised aesthetic. By considering wood tones, grain patterns, scale, styles, and finishes, you can achieve a harmonious and visually appealing look. Remember to balance contrast and cohesion, consider room function and mood, and create a visual flow between rooms. Most importantly, use your eyes and feel for what is right. A well matched combination of timber furniture will add a sense of ambience that will feel like home. 

If you would like some help, we are always available in store if you need help mixing and matching your timber pieces! Our team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area and would love to guide you on your way to building a beautiful and cohesively styled home.