Design Rules for Matching Wood Surfaces

A time-honored classic in a range of design environments, the popularity of wood surfaces continues. With the versatility to fit into any decorating scheme, from traditional and rustic to minimal and modern, wood is an ideal choice. But how do you go about mixing different wood elements in your design schemes? Learn more about the design rules for matching wood surfaces and view a few of Arclin TFL’s wood finish options.

Warm Up; Be Cool When Matching Wood Surfaces

Creating a beautiful wood-based design does not require that all wood surfaces match; in fact, the visual interest that comes with mixing different kinds of wood in a space it part of the appeal. However, you can find some guidance by considering each wood’s undertone: is it warm or cool? Warm woods appear red, orange, or yellow (like Arclin’s Alabama Cherry), while cool woods look gray (check out Charles Bridge). Keeping all wood pieces in a space in the same undertone family can create a unified look. If in doubt, you can focus primarily on a beige-toned wood (such as Kinabalu Teak), which has a neutral undertone and will complement either warm or cool counterparts.

Design Rules for Matching Wood Surfaces

“Common” Sense in Matching Wood Surfaces

Ensuring that your wood elements have something in common will also tie your design together. Again: this doesn’t mean everything needs to match – just that the pieces share a theme. For instance, you might focus on wood pieces with strong, clean lines in a modern design scheme; or, you might consider working in pieces with a similar finish (e.g., woodgrain patterns like those in pine and oak). Applying this tactic along with the color considerations noted above will set you up for a space that is visually congruent, without being boring.

Design Rules for Matching Wood Surfaces

In with the New…and the Old

Most spaces evolve over time – particularly in residential settings. This means that pieces are added as needed and materials are not purchased and placed together. This creates a wonderful sense of history, as older pieces are mixed with newer in ways that reflect the occupants’ changing circumstances and tastes. Like The Spruce recommends, so long as you bear in mind tenets of keeping elements complementary, the charm of bringing together pieces from different eras can outweigh the benefits of consistency.

If you’re looking to integrate wood surfaces into your next design project, Arclin TFL is the place to start. Like all of our surfaces, wood-look TFL is durable, high-performing, low maintenance, and an environmentally friendly option. Contact us today to find out more.