This post is sponsored by Jord Wood Watches.
When it comes to wood tones in home decor, there are two types of people.
There’s the person who thinks all woods in their house must be the exact same color, texture, and material.
And there’s the person who thinks wood is wood so they just put anything and everything together.
I hate to burst your woodgrain bubble, but they’re both wrong.
In a world where television shows, magazines, and Instagram has convinced us that all wood must be painted white, it’s pretty hard to find good natural wood furniture anymore.
When you do, it’s either old and beat up or brand new and, well let’s face it, fake.
Although the white paint craze is still going strong, I’m here to tell ya that wood tones are timeless classics.
They’re not going anywhere.
When the white paint fad ends, and the purple polka dot trend begins and ends, classic wood tones will be around for all that.
So with something so timeless, it’s obviously a no-brainer that this is the stuff you want to work with in your home decor, right?
But don’t just start grabbing everything you see at the thrift store.
There’s totally a right and wrong way to pair woods.
Do it the right way and you’ll look like an HGTV pro.
Do it the wrong way and you’ll look like a 70’s sitcom set.
Nobody wants a 70’s sitcom set. Nobody.
Wood finishes come in a variety of colors and tones.
The three basic color families are reds, yellows, and grays.
Now I know what you’re thinking…“Lela, you silly, silly girl, wood is brown.”
But all woods, stained and natural, have an undertone.
For example, cedar has a yellow hue, cherry has a red tint, and birch has a gray tone.
These color families are the basis for your designs.
Just like paint colors, wood tones pair well with other coordinating wood tones.
But they don’t pair well with all wood tones.
You wouldn’t put lime green curtains on a wall painted bright yellow (I hope).
And you wouldn’t wear a gray blouse with brown pants.
When pairing woods, it’s best to stay in the same color family.
However, and this is a big however, you also don’t want to stick with just one shade.
If my cherry wood table was on top of cherry wood floors and the hutch was cherry wood, too, it would be like a cherry wood bear cave in here.
And although my den-loving hubster would love this, the designer in me knows better.
The rule of thumb is three shades.
No more, no less.
So how in the world do you even know where to start?
The simplest place…
You can switch out tables and chairs and hutches and cabinets all day long.
But if you’ve got gorgeous hardwood floors, or even faux hardwood like tiles or vinyl, they’re pretty much stuck in place.
My floors have red tones.
As much as I love the Better Homes and Gardens gray wood furniture, I just can’t do it.
But I can do oaks, espressos, and deep hazelnuts.
Have yellow toned floors? Stick with deep colors for a nice contrast or light birches and maples.
Gray tones? Espressos, blacks, and whites are your jam.
So how do you incorporate wood tones without turning your bright, light cottage into a log cabin?
Carefully, my friend.
If you’ve got wood floors and wood furniture like I do, bringing in lots of light colored textiles and textures break up the hardness.
The fluffy shag rug, cozy blankets, and patterned pillows soften the space without taking away from the natural beauty of the woods.
Speaking of natural beauty, are you swooning over that watch I’ve been showing off not-so-subtly throughout this whole post?
Obviously, I’m a fan of wood tones in my home, but I love incorporating my design style into my outfits and accessories, too.
Enter Jord timepieces for women and men.
They use natural materials, crafted with expert-status style, and really are so much more comfortable to wear than a heavy metal watch.
These watches are absolutely gorgeous and I am so excited to partner with such an awesome company.
Jord is all about creating timepieces that tell a story.
I’m a wife, mom, small business owner, and interior/product stylist.
Marketing myself in the sea of other designers gets tough.
But what gains trust with my clients and readers?
I don’t give in to fads. I don’t get trapped by trends. I stay true to myself. All day, every day.
I skip the whitewash and go for the wood tones every single time.
It’s timeless, classic, and totally unique. Just like me.
I’m guessing you love wooden accents just as much as I do, and because we’re friends, I want to share this awesome watch with you!
My super-amazing new bff’s at Jord are about to be yours, too.
Together, we are giving away a $75 credit to one lucky winner so you can pick out your own wood watch (browse their varieties here)!
But why limit all this goodness to just one person?
Jord doesn’t believe in winners and losers.
Every single beautiful soul that enters this giveaway will receive a $20 credit towards any Jord timepiece.
Yeah, you heard that right.
$20 for everyone!
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I told you Jord would be your new bff, too.
**To see more pretty photos of this watch and how I wear it and pair it with my home accents, visit me on Instagram @inthenewhouse.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jord, however all opinions are my own. I only endorse products I have personally tried, loved, and recommend. Unless I’d tell my mother and my best girlfriend about it, I won’t tell you about it either. I totally believe in promoting businesses that deserve it. If it’s good enough for me, I’m sure you’ll love it, too. No ads here, just love for good stuff.