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rules for mixing painted and natural wood?

Posted by bluebay (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 22, 08 at 16:13

I love, love this site. We just bought our first real home after many years of renting flats, so I will probably have many questions.
I want to use both stained dark woods and painted wood furniture (white, most likely). Is there a rule as to proportion? Should one dominate? Also, which pieces should be white and which natural? I'm afraid I will create a mish-mash with no focal point, and would appreciate any help.
I'm going for an airy, slightly cottage look....I think.


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RE: rules for mixing painted and natural wood?

I am still in the absolute LEARNING stage, but I think it depends on what else is going on in your room. If you have very light/white/cream walls and too much white furniture, then (to me) there is just not enough contrast so you need the natural or stained wood. . .however, I also think that dark woods like mahogany (to my eyes) provide too much contrast. I think pine and/or oak look better with white wood. However, the lines of the pieces play a big part as well. Of course, if you have other elements to balance this all out (lamps, window treatments, art, etc.) then I would think my "rules" wouldn't apply.

So, that is my amateur opinion: keep the balance of contrast in mind, while taking style into account as well.

I doubt this was of any help! Sorry!


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RE: rules for mixing painted and natural wood?

Thanks anele. I understand what you mean about the 'learning' stage, because that's where I am too. I'm trying to 'learn' as much as possible before I make any big mistakes!!
I'll keep in mind what you say about contrast.


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