Wood tones offer a natural, unique style that's not achieved through other colors or tones. Whether you're looking to decorate your living room, bedroom or your entire home, you can't go wrong with wood. With its rustic appearance, it's guaranteed to enhance your home's decor. However, there are a few things you should know about wood tones and how to effectively incorporate them into your home.
Steer clear of black furniture, furnishings and decorative accessories when using wood tones in your home. What's wrong with black exactly? Well, black and brown clash to create an uninspiring -- and in some cases awkward -- appearance. Being that wood tones are naturally brown, you can't use black in your home decor. The only time when black is acceptable in home decor is when brown isn't present. You can use either brown or black in your home decor, but you can't use them both.
Explore Different Wood Finishes
Some homeowners assume that all wood finishes are the same, but this isn't necessarily true. While wood finishes are generally characterized by a brown color, the exact shade and tone varies depending on the finish. Some wood finishes are light, whereas others are dark. You'll also find some wood finishes have a more prominent grain than others.
When decorating your home with wood furniture and accessories, consider the tone of the wood and how it corresponds with the surrounding environment. You should choose the wood finishes that flow cohesively with the rest of your home decor.
Choose Genuine Hardwood
Don't attempt to cut corners and save money by choosing cheap particle board furniture for your home. While it typically costs less than furniture made of genuine hardwood, this is an instance in which the saying "You get what you pay for" holds true. You might save a couple bucks upfront when buying cheap particle board furniture, but it may cost you even more money in the long run when you're forced to replace it with new furniture.
Enhance With Mood Lighting
Mood lighting is the perfect solution to compliment your home's wooden furniture and decorative accessories. By definition, mood lighting is a lighter, softer form of lighting that's used to set the mood (hence the name). You can install wall sconces or track lighting, for instance, to illuminate your wooden furnishings. It provides just enough illumination to draw attention to the furnishings without creating an overwhelming feeling.