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How much wood is too much wood?

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

Wooden furniture, floors and even sometimes walls are really popular in homes nowadays as they add warmth and richness. However, there is such a thing as too much wood. It's ta look that you should try to avoid too because just as easily as wooden accessories can add richness to your home, they can make it look tacky if you allow it to become overloaded.

Too much wood

In order to avoid too much wood in your home it’s essential to understand how to soften your decor, so that is exactly what we’re going to look at in this here feature

Wooden floors are exceptionally popular and generally look great as long as they’re not then overrun with all manner of wooden accessories like coffee tables, dining sets, cabinets, bookcases and TV stands. Although there’s no reason why you shouldn't complement your wooden floor with wooden furniture it’s essential not to go overboard. To negate this, we advise choosing accessories that will complement (but more importantly soften) the look.

Although after spending a lot of money on a real wood floor and a selection of wooden accessories it’s understandable that you want to have them on show, sometimes less is more and when it comes to wood. If you've chosen a lot of wooden furniture then it’s a good idea to soften it with rounded edges, curves and colour. A rug is a great way to soften any space but especially one that features a lot of timber. Try a round or oval shaggy rug to break up some of the harsh lines that wood furniture creates; deep colours – like red – and wavy patterns are also a great way to achieve this effect.

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It’s not just rugs that make a huge difference though - the cushions you choose, the curtains you hang and the colours that are incorporated into the room are a really good way of balancing things out.

Curvy vases and candle sticks, round cushions and light shades are a great way to soften the look of a room that’s previously been overloaded with wood. (We say previously overloaded because these additions should really change the look and feeling of the room and although you haven’t actually taken anything away - in fact, you’ve added more). As a result of a few simple tweaks, the room is much more balanced and will no longer overwhelm you or your guests/make your lounge or wherever look like a medieval castle!

One thing that a lot of people struggle with when it comes to trying to complement their wooden furniture is choosing colours. Not to worry though as there are plenty of web resources that look to provide advice on this matter. Check out ‘What Colors Look Good With Natural or Stained Wood’ to find details everything you could ever need to know about wood and paint pairings.

Small Living Room

So there you go - there’s really no reason why wooden furniture shouldn’t feature in every part of your home, so long as you make sure you don’t go overboard in a concentrated space (or if you do, learn how to complement and soften the look!).

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