How To Mix and Match Wooden Bedroom Furniture

By Chris 21 March 2024


Given our specialisation in wooden bed frames, we’re quite partial to wooden furniture.

Though, we appreciate that, sometimes, it can be hard to mix different kinds of wooden furniture together. Colour clashes, outright design differences, and sometimes, unavailability, are just a few of the issues that people run into when having mismatched bedroom furniture.

Fortunately, as wooden bed specialists, we know a thing or two about mixing and styling wooden furniture in an pleasing way. Wondering how to mix and match bedroom furniture? We’ve got you covered.

Picking a Main Wood Finish

The very first step in creating a cohesive bedroom is to first decide on a dominant wood material and finish to base your additional pieces on. You can think of this as choosing your base coat on your walls – if everything at least matches this, you’ll be on to a winner. 

Main wood finishes can be decided on via your choice of flooring, or by the largest pieces of furniture that’s already in the room. Existing bed frames are good choices for this, as are other bulky pieces of furniture like wardrobes, cabinets, and storage cupboards. 

In short: choose at least one wood material that you really like, so that you can base your extras around it for a seamless finish.

Choose Matching Undertones

With wood, “undertone” refers to the hue, or “temperature” of the colour of the wood. These undertones are split into three categories: warm, neutral, and cool.

Warm undertones contain colours like red, yellow, and orange, whereas cool undertones contain blues, greys, and whites. Neutral undertones are anything that sits in the middle of the two, with more of an emphasis on beiges.

A mismatched undertone is one of, if not the biggest indicator of a disjointed room appearance. Mixing a bunch of cool undertones with warm undertones can make the room feel unfinished and lacking harmony.

Consider Wood Grain

Although it may seem like a small detail to begin with (and that’s because it physically is), having different wood grains can be something our brains pick up on subconsciously when determining the visual feel of a room.

As a quick recap, wood grain refers to the markings that are present on the outer surface of a piece of wood. Directional, wood grains can feature knots, swirls, and vertical/horizontal lines.

Choosing furniture that has a matching, or at least a non-conflicting wood grain is sure to provide a sense of balance to your bedroom. To be clear, your wood grain doesn’t have to be identical. Plus, by the very nature of wood in general, it cannot be so. Just try to match the sizes, length, and direction of any lines, shapes or “flames” seen in the wood.

Tie Everything Together

Remember, just because one piece of your bedroom furniture is finished in wood, doesn’t mean that the rest of your furniture must also have a wood finish. 

Aside from sheer spatial restrictions and the presence of existing pieces, sometimes, it isn’t a viable option to go out and purchase an entirely new set of bedroom furniture. Reusing what you’ve got and adapting it to your space is key to not only creating a truly unique bedroom, but also ensuring your old furniture doesn’t end up in landfill. 

In situations like this, you’ll need to get a bit creative in tying everything together for a seamless look. Throws, fabrics, runners, accessories, all of these things can be used and placed to keep your bedroom in harmony. 

For example, you may have an heirloom-esque piece, like a rocking chair, that you’ll want to keep, but may find that its wood grain doesn’t match your other furniture. The use of a throw to blur the lines between both pieces is super effective in establishing some consistency, without having to throw out your beloved chair. 

Remember Furniture Style

It’s all worthwhile matching colour, tone, and wood grain. But, if a piece of furniture is designed in a completely different way to the rest of your pieces, it’s going to stand out. By design we of course mean the way in which the piece has been composed – is it a modern piece with sharp lines and muted colours? Or is it bold, embellished and extravagant?

Now, having certain pieces of furniture standing out can be a desirable look. Feature pieces, for example, are often chosen for this exact purpose, just like a feature wall.

However, the one deciding factor in this is the positioning of such a piece. Choosing a deliberate outlier in your bedroom furniture needs to be that: deliberate. Make it a centrepiece of your room, or at least a point of interest. Otherwise, you’ll run the risk of your room looking disjointed, and lacking in consistency.

Create a Harmonious Bedroom With Get Laid Beds

Need a helping hand in making a cohesive bedroom? Get Laid Beds can help you do just that. With our wooden, hand-built beds, you’ll find the perfect centrepiece to mix with your existing furniture while making a statement – or, a piece that blends in seamlessly with what you’ve got. Browse our whole bedroom range, today.

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