Photo: PIETER ESTERSOHN
do all wood finishes in a room have to match?
Our resident design gurus tackle your biggest decorating dilemmas.

Believe it or not, natural and painted wood can coexist happily. Many people think you can’t combine dark and light wood pieces. We think that completely matched furniture can suck the life out of a room. While it can be tricky to harmonize finishes if you mix it up, the result will be much richer. Often, a painted piece is the best means to break up a sea of wood.
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