Well hi there friends. Happy Friday! I’ve had 3 day work weeks for the last 2 weeks so Friday’s have rolled around pretty quickly. I could get used to this! The only thing that could be better would be to retire as a nurse and get to decorate every day. Maybe one day, but until then, I have some exciting news to share. I started an e-Design Service. Yep, I was scared to death to hit publish (and still scared), but I did it. What’s the point of having dreams if you’re too scared to pursue them, right?
If I had to pick only one design look that I loved the absolute best, it would have to be combining wood and white. It’s a classic combo, but it takes the right balance to pull it off. Too much white could leave the room looking sterile and too much wood can leave you feeling like a lumberjack in a rustic cabin. Today, I’m going to share 5 easy steps to create the perfect balance of wood and white.
5 Easy Steps to Create the Perfect Balance of Wood and White:
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1. Begin with a neutral base.
The best way to create a wood and white look is to start with neutral walls. The majority of your room, as well as your furniture, should be some shade of white or off-white. This will allow you to begin with a neutral palate and add your wood decor to the space to soften it up.
One of the things that I love about wood and white is that it’s classy, yet casual enough to feel cozy.
2. Warm the space with woods.
Woods add texture, warmth and dimension to any area. It’s best to stick to naturally light wood tones for the wood and white look. You will want to avoid the orange, yellow, and red woods, such as mahogany.
The woods don’t necessarily have to be “wood.” They only have to resemble the element, such as a jute rug, a wicker basket, or rope. You can see in the photo below that there isn’t much actual wood, but the hues of the decor pieces selected give an appearance of wood and white.
Other ways to incorporate wood are in furniture, beams, hood vents, open shelving, candle sticks, crates, light fixtures, architectural pieces and so on.
3. Add a statement piece.
Architectural salvage is a good way to make a statement in a room. The pieces are usually oversized and ornamental and can make a big impact. They also add lots of dimension to a space. The mostly all white room below could look barren if it weren’t for all of the interesting pieces in the space that draw your attention and add dimension and texture.
Gorgeous furniture, like the custom cabinet below, is another way to add statement pieces.
4. Mix in some chippy goodness.
One of the things I love most about wood and white is the vintage feel that it creates. There is no better way to help create that vintage look than to add something chippy to the mix.
5. Layer the look.
Another way to add dimension to your wood and white space and make sure you achieve that perfect balance, is to add layers. You can layer wall decor, such as Graceful Interiors did with the picture frames below. You can also layer candles, books, pillows, bowls (as Vintage Porch did in the pic above) and pretty much anything else you can think of.
Adding wood and white is a simple, yet striking decor statement. If you love the vintage look, with a bit of rustic charm, this is the way to get it!
I hope I’ve given you some inspiration today on how you can add some wood and white to your decor. And don’t forget to chase those dreams, friends! You can do it, you just have to take that first step!!! Be blessed. xo