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We just moved into a praire style home.  It has a bit of a comtemporary twist inside, but we kept everything pretty clean (taupe colored walls, wood floor/ceramic tile)in hopes that once we got in here we could get some decorating help.  We went over budget of course and now find ourselves wondering what to do.  I wanted to dark cherry cabinets (hopefully not a mistake) but are now finding that to make our home more "praire" like, we need to keep more of an oak theme.  The kitchen opens to a hearth room and the great room.  Can we mix these two wood colors? What is the easiest way to accoplish this?  My husband wants to put wood railing up on the great room walls for a more "praire or arts/craft look" and because the walls in there are tall.  Bollom line the rooms including the dining area all open to each other and we would like it to flow, not necessarily "match"  Any ideas?  thank you so much for whatever ideas you can give me.

Prairie style is more golden oak than cherry, and yes, you can successfully combine the two.  

The trick to combining wood tones is to "cross pollinate" the two.  For instance, if you add railings in oak to the great room (or shelves built-in???) then add a few accessory pieces in cherry.  That could be a small end table, a plant stand or a piece of carved art (like a wolf).  By the same token, add some accessories in golden oak to the kitchen.  This can be something as simple as a wooden salad bowl, a large wooden tray etc.  By doing so, you have made your wood choices blend and look deliberate.

I hope this helps you with your dilema.  Enjoy your new home.


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