Do’s and Don’ts of Blending Wood Finishes

Blending Tips For Wood Finishes From EF Brannon Chattanooga

Blending wood finishes can be daunting. While it may seem like a task best left to the professionals all it really takes is a little know-how. There are some pretty basic dos and don’ts, that if you follow, can make it really easy to get that blended yet curated look that has the stamp of a professional. Keep reading to find out how it’s done.

stained wood finishes for console table


Do mix similar undertones. All wood furniture has an undertone that leans toward either cool or warm. Keep it cohesive by mixing like with like. For example, in this living room, warm honey-toned woods in various finishes come together to a designer look with a cozy feel. 

Black headboard complimenting wood finish side table


Don’t be afraid of contrast. It’s easy to make the mistake of trying to match pieces but what you really want is flow. Each piece should be unique yet they should all work together as a whole. Here we see a painted black bed that contrasts perfectly with a rustic nightstand thanks to its color variance in the wood grain.

end table wood finishes for the living room

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Don’t use too many different finishes. Instead, choose one to be the dominant tone and work from there. Dark woods are placed throughout this living room while pieces with natural woods are used as accents to give the room a more collected look.

Wood finish entry table from Uttermost


Do keep it neutral. If all your wood finishes feel too busy it may be what’s around them. Pull it together by going neutral. Layering greys, whites and beiges on walls, windows treatments and pillows will add calm and will showcase all those beautiful wood grains and finishes.

Round side tables with light wood finishes


Do introduce small pieces with color variance. This is an easy way to start blending finishes if you’re trying it for the first time. An accent piece, such as an end table, is noncommittal and can easily be moved around your home to try in different spaces.


We hope you can use this as a guide to easily blend wood finishes and create a curated look in your home. Start today by shopping our EF Brannon Chattanooga showroom where you can find everything you need along with designers to help you with every step.


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