Can you mix wood colors in the same room?

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Can you mix wood colors in the same room?
Parquet flooring often mixes light and dark wood colours. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Yes, you can definitely mix wood colours in the same room. Wood is not just for rustic decor. You can find a mix of wood colours in all decor, including modern to American folk art or country-based decor. Architectural elements such as ceilings, floors, archways, doorway and window trim, stairs and banisters all lend themselves to mixing wood colours in one room. The contrast in wood colours defines the space and adds visual interest.


Dark cherry or walnut kitchen cabinets paired with a glossy oak floor helps reflect natural and electric light and prevents the kitchen from feeling too heavy and dark. Add a kitchen island of dark wood with light oak inlays on the edges or on the drawers to heighten the visual contrast of the wood colours. Oak-covered bar stools placed on one side of the kitchen island turns this kitchen space into extra seating.

Dining Room

A light-coloured wood dining room table placed on a dark mahogany floor emphasises the dining area and makes the table the focus of the room. Add dining room chairs to the table in all different wood tones to further accent the table, which gives the dining area a multitude of textures from the different wood grains. Paint the wood window and archway trim a dazzling white to further highlight the wood tones in the dining room.

Stairs and Foyer

Build an exposed staircase, and side it with ash, a light-coloured wood. Continue the ash on the stair risers, capping them off with dark walnut treads. Add a warmer toned oak telephone table in the foyer with darker wood storage crates below. Continue the ash and walnut theme in a foyer parquet floor extending from the staircase. Render the foyer table and floor in a high-gloss finish to showcase their colours.


Leave the cherry wood beams exposed in the bedroom to contrast with an oak or ash high-gloss bedroom floor. Choose a wood bed frame whose stain colour is in between cherry and oak or ash. Place the bed frame's wood grain perpendicular to the floor's wood grain for visual interest. Reverse the ceiling and floor colour so that the floor is cherry wood and the ceiling is oak or ash to lighten the feel of the room.

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