Looking for a challenge? Furnishing your Dallas apartment definitely qualifies. The metroplex is full of cutting-edge style, and mixing pieces to achieve the perfect look and feel for you isn’t easy. Part of the challenge involves combining different wood pieces with varying patterns. You won’t find identically-matching wood grains, but you can find pieces that complement each other almost seamlessly.
Look for Similarities
Every single tree has its own wood grain pattern. Some twist as the tree grows, resulting in a spiral that looks like wavy lines when cut. Others have grain that grow diagonally toward or away from each other. Some have a basically straight grain that runs vertically upwards. When choosing pieces for your space, you’ll want to choose options with similar patterns. Looking for a dining room table as well as a sideboard? Ideally, the surface of both will have similar grains. Lines will run generally the same direction and be spaced similarly.
Choose Stains Wisely
If matching grain patterns sounds like far too much work for your taste, go with a wood that has a less defined grain as a starting point. Lighter stains tend to highlight the contrast of different grain patterns more, so try a deeper stain and finish to downplay differences. Cherry, deep mahogany and espresso finishes beautifully camouflage mis-matched wood patterns.
Be Smart About Wood Type
The type of wood you choose also makes a huge difference in the way patterns appear. Cherry, mahogany and ash wood tend to have less defined grain patterns. The surface of furniture made from these woods appears more like a solid color. Oak, cedar and walnut usually have more high-contrast, easily noticeable striations, so that should factor in to your choice.
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