How to Mix Wood Tones in a Room
Imagine sitting in front of a fireplace, sipping hot cocoa and watching the flames sway back and forth. You turn to place your mug on the coffee table so you can take a moment to stretch. What type of coffee table do you imagine? What material is it made of?
If you imagined a log coffee table, you’ve done so for a good reason. Log furniture evokes feelings of warmth, comfort and closeness to nature. Log furniture also serves as a neutral addition to any room and mixes beautifully with a variety of colors and decor. For example, darker log furniture visually pops against light-colored walls. Overall, log furniture brings a touch of timeless elegance to any home, and is the ideal furniture for a quaint log cabin or a grand mountain chalet.
Log furniture is durable, too, and with the occasional cleaning, can last for many generations. Its sturdiness reminds us of mature trees that have withstood time and harsh weather conditions. Log furniture is built to last like the formations found in nature.
If you’re curious how to design rooms with log furniture, or how to mix and match log furniture with other log pieces, you’ve come to the right place. We are going to explore ways to mix light and dark furniture, log pieces with painted furniture and placing log furniture throughout the home for an inviting and beautifully organic style.
However, if you imagined putting your mug of cocoa on a metal and glass coffee table, you’ve still come to the right place. We are also going to discuss ways to mix and match log furniture with other styles of furniture in the home for a look that is cohesive and appealing.
There is no need to buy entire matching furniture sets. A log table here or a log chair there is all you need to add a touch of handcrafted charm to any room. Friends and family will look forward to visiting to enjoy gathering around one-of-a-kind log furniture pieces. Let’s look at how to mix and match these pieces in your home, considering wood tone, style and purpose.
How to Mix and Match Different Pieces of Log Furniture in Your Home
Before we get started, there are seven elements to interior design to keep in mind when decorating the rooms in your home. Those are:
Space: Be aware of the space of a room to prevent overstuffing a room with furniture, or to make sure furnishing isn’t too sparse. A room should be both functional and visually balanced.
Line: Horizontal, vertical and angular lines define shapes used in a room. Horizontal lines make a room feel secure, vertical lines create an expansive look and angular lines add energy and drama.
Forms: Forms or shapes can balance or accent a space. You can choose from manmade or natural forms.
Light: Either natural or artificial, light helps complete tasks, highlight elements in the home or create atmosphere.
Color: Color affects mood. Colors also connect objects and create an overall cohesive look. It’s important to be aware of intensity and hue when choosing colors for your home.
Texture: Texture is how a surface looks or feels. It can help create interest and visual depth in a room.
Pattern: Patterns can help tie colors and shapes together in a room. They also add visual appeal.
Even if your log furniture is different in shape or color than other log pieces in your home, you can still use them in the same space. By keeping the elements of interior design in mind, the possibilities are endless. Here is our room-by-room guide on how to place different pieces of log furniture for comfort, visual flow and beauty.
Bedrooms promote tranquility and rest. With thoughtful placement, log furniture can create a space that invites deep slumber or lazy afternoons. Mixing furniture colors in a bedroom is very possible, even if the pieces don’t match.
- Choose a Focal Point
When decorating your bedroom with log furniture or when coordinating it with other furniture, you’ll want to first choose a focal point. Try to avoid more than one focal point, as that can create tension, and that’s the last thing you want in the bedroom.
You might decide to use your bed as a focal point. For example, our Rustic Panel Bed, made of handcrafted white cedar, can be the first thing that draws the eye to the room. Because it is lighter-colored, it would look stunning against a warm-colored wall like a terracotta red. Flank the bed with two darker-toned log nightstands, and you will have a focal point that pops.
You can also make your bed stand out by adding a pillow that gives it a burst of color, or by hanging a piece of artwork above the bed. Just remember to keep bold colors to a minimum in the bedroom. Too much color can create a sense of restlessness.
By creating a focal point in the bedroom, you are guiding the eye to the most important part of the room. Make sure the other pieces in the room do not visually compete with the focal point.
- Consider Layout
A good layout will make the room feel calm and unified. Follow these tips:
• Place the bed against a large blank wall or between two windows.
• Make sure you can see the door from the bed.
• Do not put the bed in a corner.
• Make sure you have enough space on each side of the bed to get in and out.
• Place two side tables on either side of the bed to create balance. Consider our One-Drawer Rustic Log End Table for a piece that isn’t too heavy, or our Three-Drawer Rustic Log Nightstand for extra storage and simple design.
• For bedroom seating, consider a placing a log bench at the foot of the bed. This bench creates a space for putting on socks and shoes.
• Place a log chair in the corner or next to a window for reading. By putting the chair in the corner, you won’t draw attention from the focal point, even if the chair is a different shape or log color than the bed.
- Use Accents to Tie the Room Together
Now that you have your log furniture in place, you can tie everything together with accents. Here’s how to use accents to create a unified look with different log furniture.
• Use matching accents: Coordinate pillows, art, decor and light fixtures. For example, throw a pillow or blanket on your reading chair to match the bed, or use matching lamps on the nightstands.
• Use a rug: Choose a rug that pulls the room together by drawing common colors in the furniture. For example, do the log bed frame and the log dresser both have cool undertones? You might choose a blue oriental rug to tie the pieces together.
When adding new colors to any room of the house, you just want to make sure that the intensity or strength of colors is the same.
Log furniture in a living room instantly creates a cozy, welcoming space. It’s tempting to curl up on a log couch with a good book and a warm drink. You can create a space that is visually balanced and appealing with a mix of log furniture. Here’s how:
- Choose a Focal Point and a Center Point
Just like the bedroom, you’ll want to have a focal point in the living room, but choosing one can be trickier because you may notice the potential for more than one focal point. Consider the following to decide on a focal point.
• The most interesting element: Choose the eye-catcher as the focal point. Do you have a large window with breathtaking views located near a fireplace? Make the window the focal point by minimizing decor on the mantelpiece.
• The most naturally appealing element: Choose the focal point that already gets the most attention. Do you love to spend hours around the fireplace? You might want to pick the fireplace as your focal point.
• The most active area: Where does the most activity in the room occur? If you have a beautiful log sofa friends and family love to lounge on, make it the focal point by adding a few bold pillows or artwork overhead.
In a living room, you’ll also want a center point or the core of your room’s layout. This is the spot to place a log coffee table, and plan to arrange seating options around it. Any shape of coffee table will do — just make sure it’s at a level height and doesn’t take up too much space. Consider our Oval Rustic Coffee Table to complement your other furniture pieces. A central coffee table encourages visitors to gather around with drinks and stories.
Other focal points to consider in a living room include:
• A bold accent wall
• An architectural detail
• A large mirror
• One large plant, or a collection of smaller plants
- Anchor Your Furniture
To prevent pieces of furniture from feeling like they are floating in space, use the following methods to ground them for a more secure and cohesive look:
• Anchor single pieces of furniture with at least two other pieces. For example, anchor a log reading chair with an ottoman and a side table.
• Use larger pieces of furniture to face the focal point. Do not block the focal point with furniture.
• Use an area rug to ground furniture. Choose a rug that contrasts with the floor.
- Connect Mismatched Log Furniture
Have two different styles of log furniture? That can work just fine in the living room. Just use matching pillows or throws to connect pieces to each other. Anchor all the furniture with an accent rug.
The dining room is a higher-energy space than the bedroom or living room and allows for greater creative expression. It’s a place to eat and enjoy conversation, so there’s not as much need to be subtle with color. Rustic log furniture looks beautiful in any dining room and encourages people to take a seat and dig in. Mixing wood tones in a dining room creates an eclectic effect. Here’s how to create a lovely log dining room:
• Use a log dining table as your focal point. You can have fun mixing and matching any kind of chair around a beautiful log table. Just try to keep chairs around the same width and height, and always pay attention to color.
• Use a lighting fixture, like a chandelier, as the focal point. This tactic will draw attention away from any mismatched furniture. You could also use a large mirror or shelving as dining room focal points.
• Make sure there is enough space around your table for people to pass by, and that chairs easily fit under the table.
• Place a rug under the table to anchor the furniture and provide comfort.
Aim to choose a log table that complements the shape of the room. You’ll want to choose:
• A rectangular table or long oval table for a large, narrow room.
• A square or round table for a small dining area.
An office should be both comforting and inspiring. Log furniture is an excellent choice for the office because not only is it durable, but its simple design helps boost productivity, too. Like the other rooms in your home, the office needs a focal point to jumpstart your design. Consider these focal points for an office:
• Artwork above a desk
• A window
• Shelving behind a desk
• An area rug
Choose a stain for your log desk that makes it stand out from the wall, and you will turn your desk into the focal point. For example, if the walls in your office are red, request a clear stain to show the lighter color of the wood. If your walls are white, a brown stain like our Grizzly stain will make your desk the center of attention.
The most important element of an office is not so much matched furniture, but rather organization and functionality. You should place pieces in this room with the goal of making your work easier. However, try to decorate your office to flow with your home’s overall look.
In most rooms, you’ll want to hide the TV so it doesn’t detract from the focal point. An entertainment room is an exception. In an entertainment room, an entertainment center can serve as the focal point. An entertainment center doesn’t need to be monstrous in size to make a lovely focal point, and it can work with any type of log furniture. Our entertainment centers include:
• A two-drawer entertainment center
• A three-drawer entertainment center
• A five-drawer entertainment center
Drawers allow for much-needed storage in an entertainment room. However, if you find yourself in need of more space, consider adding extra shelving around the entertainment center. Choose shelves that are the same height as the entertainment center to keep it balanced. You can use extra shelves to:
• Display collections such as family photos or knickknacks
• Store books, DVDs or music
• Add lighting to lighten darker furniture
Don’t want to use an entertainment center or make the TV the focal point? Surround your TV with artwork to make it blend in.
How to Seamlessly Mix Log Furniture With Other Types of Furniture
Perhaps you own just a few pieces of log furniture, and you wish to incorporate them into your overall style. You can use log furniture in any style room or home and create an effortless look. It mainly comes down to two things: layout and color.
Here are a few tips for mixing and matching log furniture with other types of furniture for interesting and harmonious design:
- Create Texture
Different materials create visual texture and can be pleasing to the eye. As long as you arrange your pieces to create a sense of balance, there are lots of different styles you can try mixing.
For example, if you own a log bed, don’t be afraid to add a pair of sleek metal nightstands to either side of the bed for a modern rustic look. Or, on the opposite side of the coin, flank a modern bed frame with rustic log nightstands.
By mixing different types of furniture, you create interest and break up the monotony. It can be fun to play with different shapes and colors, too, so don’t be afraid to use your imagination and try new things.
- Choose One Color
Say you have a log sofa with white cushions and a Victorian armchair you don’t want to part with. These two pieces can look fantastic together if you match their colors. Consider white upholstery for the armchair to match the sofa. If the armchair is made of dark wood, apply a dark stain to the log sofa. If both pieces have similar colors, they won’t compete against each other. Their differences will make the room more interesting.
- Focus on Lighting
Instead of placing the focus on furniture, allow a light fixture to be the star of the show. For example, an oversized pendant light will draw the eye away from the furniture below. This approach will leave more room to experiment with an eclectic mix of furniture. Try to use furniture with similar heights to avoid creating tension between the furniture and the light fixture.
Tie different furniture pieces together with matching pillows or an area rug that pulls color from all the pieces.
- Balance the Weight of Furniture
If you have a room with heavy furniture, like a dark log dining table and heavy dark upholstered chairs, lighten and balance the room by adding delicate accents like porcelain or crystal decor. Or consider adding a houseplant with soft, round leaves like a maidenhair fern of a fiddle-leaf fig tree.
You can have fun mixing and matching different furniture pieces in the dining room, but make sure there is a balance between light and dark elements.
Mixing Dark and Light Wood Furniture
If you own log pieces that have different-colored wood tones, you can use these pieces together to create beautifully textured rooms. Variety of wood tone colors adds visual depth to space and makes it more inviting. Some designers even recommend mixed wood tones to prevent monotony. Here are some tips to make it work:
- Use Pieces as Accents
Use different-toned log pieces to accent each other. For example, say you order our Paddle Arm Wooden Rustic Loveseat with a Grizzly finish. This darker stain would look wonderful next to a lighter unfinished log coffee table. For lighter-toned log pieces, use darker pieces as accents. Tie all the pieces together by hanging picture frames of each wood color in the room.
To make sure colors are balanced, repeat the accent wood tone in the room at least twice.
- Consider the Undertones
Wood finishes don’t need to match, but they should complement each other. To make sure pieces won’t clash, determine if a piece’s undertone is warm or cool. Warm undertones look yellow, orange or red, and cool undertones appear grayish. Some undertones, like beige, are neutral and can mingle with both cool and warm woods.
You can freely mix and match cool furniture pieces with other cool pieces, and warm tones with other warm pieces. It doesn’t matter if their finish is the same — they can still be part of a unified look.
- Create a Smooth Transition
A dark wood floor can work well with light log furniture, but it might help soften the transition from dark to light so the contrast isn’t too harsh. You can do this by adding a rug between the floor and the furniture to help create unity without causing the pieces to blend.
- Don’t Overdo It
Although different wood tones make a room more interesting, you still want to try to keep wood tone differences to a minimum to maintain harmony in the home. In other words, try not to use more than two or three different finishes in one room. Make sure each tone repeats at least once somewhere else in the room to create balance.
- Use White
Mixing wood furniture with white can separate colors and create balance in a room. Add a white rug to separate a dark log sofa from a dark log floor. Hang white artwork or display white accessories to break up the cool or warm wood tones in the room.
- Don’t Match Stains
If you wind up with too many wood tones in one room and want a more cohesive look, you might want to stain your pieces. If you choose to apply stain to your log furniture, try not to match pieces exactly to one another. It may sound counterintuitive, but exact matching could give an appearance that feels less organic.
Instead of choosing matching stains, aim to pick colors that are close or complementary. Your friends and family will ask you where you studied interior design as a result.
- Balance Different Wood Tones Throughout the Room
Don’t clump all the darker pieces in one corner of the room, and the lighter pieces in another corner. This will make a room look lopsided. Instead, mix light and dark, so the room doesn’t feel too heavy or too light in any of the areas.
- Pick a Dominant Color
Stick with one tone as the dominant color in the room. This piece of furniture might be the largest piece, such as the floor or dining room table. Choose two or three contrasting wood tones to place around it. For example, pair light furniture with a dark floor, or dark furniture with a lighter floor.
- Add a Variety of Surfaces
To create a richer and more balanced look, add other types of surfaces to a space, like glass, metal or shell. For example, if you have log furniture in your living room, consider adding wrought-iron lamps to end tables, or place a pottery collection on a shelf.
By using a variety of surfaces, you create a space that is enjoyable to look at and invites others to kick back, relax and take pleasure in all the different textures.
- Go for Contrast
When decorating a room in your home with log furniture, you want to include contrast. As a general rule, mix light woods with dark woods, and use whites as a neutralizer. Pair rustic log furniture with modern pieces to create interest and texture.
Mixing Log Furniture With Painted Furniture
Is your basement full of old painted furniture you aren’t sure what to do with? Did you paint a coffee table emerald green last year, and you’re thinking about tossing it? If you just acquired log furniture for the living room, you can keep your green coffee table.
Enjoy log furniture with the furniture you already have for a cozy, eclectic look. Many of the above tips will apply, but let’s reiterate some key points. When the time comes to design your perfect living space, you’ll know how to take control. Just keep the following tips in mind:
- Use Repetition
The best way to tie furniture together, regardless of color, is to choose a common color scheme and repeat it throughout a space.
For example, imagine you have a log sofa and two log chairs surrounding a green coffee table. How can these pieces look good together? You might choose pillows with a green pattern on them and place them on the chairs.
If you look across the room, is it missing the color green? Place a plant on a shelf, or hang a photo or painting that has green in it. Make sure to repeat the color throughout the room for an overall unified look.
And, if possible, aim to decorate a room with furniture that has similar upholstery, despite its frame or other parts.
- Create Balance
Just like with different wood tones, you’ll want to create balance with painted furniture, too. For example, black-painted chairs look stunning surrounding a cedar log dining table, because the black balances the lighter-toned table.
When it comes to furniture placement, make sure bold-colored furniture isn’t all on one side of the room. For example, don’t arrange all the log furniture in one area and then reserve a separate area in the same room for modern, painted furniture. Instead, mix the styles to create a greater sense of calm.
To help you create balance in a room, use this advice and think of every piece of furniture as having a “buddy.” Here are some examples:
• Match a coffee table tray to the chair color.
• Tie a chair color into a pillow and a lampshade.
• Use a throw that matches a painting and a chair.
- Try to Use the Odd Piece as a Focal Point
If you have a single piece of painted furniture that does not match anything else in the room, try to make it a focal point.
For example, say you have a large, black entertainment center, and the rest of your furniture is made of logs. The entertainment center can make a beautiful focal point in the room without creating tension. You could decorate the shelves or surface with plants, mirrors or ivory-colored candles to lighten the piece.
- Use Universal Elements
Some elements can tie a room together regardless of furniture style. Decorate with the following accessories to paint a lovely picture of your eclectic space:
• Abstract art
• Modern end tables
• Oriental or natural rugs
• Ornate mirrors
• Modern light fixtures
How Log Furniture Can Add Style to Your Home
No matter what style or era your home is, log furniture can add warmth, natural beauty and rustic appeal to any room. Whether you live in a townhome or a cabin in the woods, log furnishing makes a space cozy, aromatic and simply gorgeous.
Choose a wood finish to work with your design style and pair pieces with modern accents for a touch of intrigue. Experience what it’s like to bring part of nature indoors. You may find you’ll have trouble leaving.
Rocky Top has been providing quality log furniture for decades. Each piece is handcrafted, unique and built to last for generations. There’s nothing like the feel and look of hand-carved log furniture in your home.