Our home on Mossy Park was a larger home that what we have now. The dining room was separate from the kitchen and living room. The floors and kitchen cabinets were an espresso color. Naturally, I choose walnut to mix with the espresso. This combination worked beautifully in the house.
The Osprey Bend home is 400 square feet smaller than Mossy Park. The living room, dining room, and kitchen are one space. All the flooring in this space is a woodgrain ceramic tile that is lighter than walnut yet darker than oak. The official color is “nutmeg.”
When it comes to mixing wood tones, there are some rules to follow:
- Pick the dominant color.
- Match the undertones of dominant color.
- Decide on two- three wood colors that march the dominant color and then repeat them a couple of items throughout the space.
- Contrast is key.
For me, the dominant wood color is the “nutmeg” tile running throughout the main space. It is a dark brown color with a mixture of espresso, bark, and maple.
Looking at the current wood tones in the space, the kitchen is primarily white with a light grey, black barstools, and walnut accents. The dining room is all walnut. The living room is white with black and walnut.
The issue I feel I have is there is too much walnut in the house.
Don’t get me wrong. I love mid-century. Love warmth. Love walnut. A little bit of walnut is okay. After all, following the rules of mixing woods, I am technically okay.
Main color: Nutmeg. Accent colors: Black, walnut and maple.
Walnut is dominating half the house. Before I purchased the new coffee table, two of the three pieces of furniture in the living room were walnut. The dining room is a walnut table and chairs. The kitchen was literally a walnut frame and a shelf. The space feels completely unbalanced.
The solution I came up with is to purchase a marble coffee table and black dining room chairs and set a white planter on the dining room table. This way, walnut and black are represented in all three areas. White, which is the balancing color between the three wood tones, would also be represented in all areas. I also plan to incorporate a little bit of maple to bring out the lighter color in the tile.
Fingers crossed: the coffee table is supposed to arrive tomorrow. I can then decide on pillows, rug and dining room chairs. I also need to switch out the lamp and items on the credenza. Hopefully, by March I can have this all done.