There is a trend today that makes mixing woods absolutely acceptable - it gives the space an ecclectic feel.  What I would recommend, however, is that you pair light stained wood with dark stained wood.  For example: If you have a light floor, try adding walnut (dark) furniture or accents.
It is also important to take texture and grain into account.  Mixing woods with strong or bold grains can overpower the space.  Instead, try using a lighter grained wood like maple next to oak or pine (larger grain).  Using two lighter grained woods will also harmonize the space.
Note: Large grain on floor and muted on cabinetry
Keep in mind that anything you bring into the space should tie into something else in the room.  Try to keep wood accessories to a minimum and if you must don't introduce another style/colour or texture.  Instead accent with metals, ceramics, glass, stone etc.
Note: Metal fan and glass bowls
Note: Glass sofa table and ceramic accents
We talked about colours that give life and character to a room - Complementary colours.  But what if you have a small space?  Or need a colour scheme that is more relaxing?  Then you need to look at colours or hues that sit beside each other on the colour wheel.  This colour scheme is called Analogous or Adjacent.  

Analagous colour schemes are best used in spaces where you want to inject colour but keep it relaxing too.  For example:
- a den where the family retreats to watch TV, play games and also read
- a child's bedroom where it should be lively and reflect their unique personality but  also a place for them to sleep
- a dining room where you celebrate birthdays and also have candlelight "adult" dinners :)

Analagous colour schemes are also very appropriate for small spaces.  Again, this colour scheme injects colour without overwhelming the space.  In a small space you never want to purposefully break up the area with colour - this makes it appear smaller.  Instead choose hues that lay beside one another on the colour wheel to maintain flow. 
Notice how tranquil this child's room looks - yet there is enough colour to make it interesting.
Also, it is very easy to create unisex spaces with Analogous colour schemes.  So if you are expecting a baby and do not know the sex of your child - try this scheme.  Or... if you are having a "difference of opinion" with you significant other over a space feeling too feminine or masculine this scheme might help you compromise.

Another example - this time in the living room.  Not just "neutral"...  there is colour without being over done.  You could relax and read in this space.

Great outdoor space that is lively, yet relaxing.  I would love to throw a party here! I would also enjoy turning down the lights and enjoying the tranquility or snuggling with my loved one ;)

Personality, personality, personality... yet - relaxing.  Imagine this room at night with the lights turned down!!!  Beautiful.

Does colour affect your mood?  Absolutely!  Studies have shown that simply changing the colour in a room can affect the way we emotional respond.  Keep the following in mind when choosing colours for the rooms in your home.

GREEN - soothing and comforting (like sitting in a feild of green grass)
YELLOW - uplifting and energetic (like the sun)
BOLD RED - passionate! (like our lips)
APPLE RED - makes people hungry (like fruit we eat)
SOFT PINK - sweet and delicate (like a baby's skin)
BLUE - calming and quiet (like looking up at the sky)
ORANGE - warm and cozy (like sitting around a campfire)
PURPLE - sexy or spiritual - very complex (royalty? - not sure)

For more:

Stay tuned - tomorrow's topic is Adjacent colours.  Happy Decorating!
I have been asked to give examples of some Complementary Colour Schemes so here are some ideas!

Green and Red
Try different hues of green and red.  It is not just for Christmas anymore...
Notice that the space is grounded by some black (adding black to a room is like adding a frame around a picture) and refreshed with a splash of white.  The white fluffy pillow also adds texture.  Try to add something in every room that attracts you to "feel" it (fluffy, soft, rought, smooth).

Orange and Blue
Notice the orange has been "knocked back" to make it more inviting.  Also by changing the hue of the orange we have made the blue really vibrant and striking - keeping the furniture and flooring neutral helps to keep the space from becoming to overwhelming.

Purple and Yellow
Creamy yellows and
grape purples work well together.  Again, in this example the yellow has been knocked down to bring out the beautiful, rich hue of the purple.  Notice the fabric choices - lots of pattern, but the patterns are all of the same size and scale.

Green and Pink
Here is an example of green and pink done right :)  Can you see which colour has been knocked back and which has been "shaded" or made darker?  Note the patterns - large on the wall, large on the bed cover and large on the surfboard - scale is all the same...

So why are we so afraid of colour?  Because we have all been tortured with visiting Grandma's pink and peach living room with seafoam green pillows, or looked at the house that engulfed you in "Barney" purple, or perhaps you were the one who decided that floral stencils in all the colours of the rainbow were the way to brighten up the bathroom.  Colour can go very wrong unless you have one simple tool - a COLOUR WHEEL!
I want to talk to you today about COMPLEMENTARY colours and colour schemes.
Colours that stand opposite each other on the colour wheel are as unlike to one another as possible and known as complementary colours.  They are the liveliest of colour schemes and are suitable for spaces where the theme is casual and fun.  For example: if you were choosing paint for a family room or games room - you might want to experiment with tones of blue and orange.  Notice these colours sit opposite one another on the colour wheel shown. 

Complementary colours work best when paired in a way so that one colour is dominant (80% of space/wall coverage) and the other colour is used as an accent (20%).  If you are having trouble deciding which of the complementary colours you are going to use as dominant in your space think about this...  With complementary colours one is often labelled as having a "warm" feel and the other is "cool".  The warm colour in the example above is orange and the cool colour is blue.  So ask yourself "Do I want this space to feel warm or cool?"  Warm hues include shades and tints of red, orange and yellow.  Cool hues include shades and tints of blue, green and violet. 
Also consider that warm colours tend to make the space appear smaller and cozier, while cool colours tend to make the space appear larger and airy.  
*It is important to note that shades are hues created by adding black to that colour and tints are hues that are created by adding white to that colour.*

Now, here is a little secret: strong, pure colours may be too overwhelming so you may want to "knock back" or deliberately weaken (tint) a colour by adding white to it.  By knocking back both colours the space will feel more airy and light.  By knocking back only one of the colours you will make the main colour appear even fresher and brighter in comparison. 

I want to mention that this little trick also works with fabrics and patterns.  So if you really aren't someone who takes risks and you tend to enjoy taking a step back from "going with gusto" - then keep it neutral (brown, black, white, gray, tan, beige) on the walls furniture and add some pizzazz with pillows, throws, art and rugs.  Just remember to keep it all complementary.  You can mix it up by using shades and tints of your chosen colours, or patterns that match is size and scale.  (we will talk about this another time :) 

In closing I ask you to go crazy with colour!!!  Add some fun to that playroom, family room or games room.  Go wild!  But.... never leave home without your colour wheel.

Next time we talk about using ADJACENT colours on the wheel - where and how to use them.  Stay tuned!

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