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Decorating & Furniture/Room continuity w/out dark wood throughout


We just purchased a house, and we are buying all new furniture. This is our first house, so we need help. We have chosen family room furniture that consists of a lot of dark wood. If we continue with wood in other rooms of the house, do we have to stick with dark wood?
What is the best way to make the decor of the different rooms to flow as if the rooms all belong in the same house (as if we had a theme), without having dark wood in every room?

Why not just add wall art and photo frames that are of the darker wood to those areas which will not have dark furniture?

Also, just one piece of dark furniture...a small table, a chair, an accent piece is enough to also tie the rooms together.

IMPORTANT:  Its the consistent STYLE and THEME of a home which provides continutity, not 100% the choice of wood color.  Stay away from selecting so many styles of furniture first and foremost.  That causes confusion and is more obvious of the lack of thought with the decor than actually using different wood tones.

Take a look at store catalogs for inspiration.  You actually learn more about interior design and selecting accessories by studying visuals...and catalogs are readily available!

Good Luck!
Alicia Valair, CID, CKD, Allied Member ASID

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Alicia Valair, CID, CKD, Allied Member ASID


Whole house interior space planning and decorating; kitchen layout, and design trends; residential themed environments; selecting furnishings and accessories for your lifestyle.


12 years experience as an interior designer, FIDER graduate and business owner for 5 years. Speciality area: residential interior designer, NKBA certified kitchen designer, and home office designer


Homes of Color magazine, Las Vegas Life magazine, Tucson Home and Garden magazine.

B.A. Interior Design, Marymount University, Arlington, VA

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