What wood you do?

Remember the design plan I created for this bachelor pad? I wanted to share the final product.
A better bachelor pad
Photo by Jennie J Sullins
This bachelor was in the market for a modern design. He loved the idea of the black, gray and orange I proposed, but I had a hard time convincing him that we needed some natural wood tones to warm up the large room with vaulted ceilings.
A better bachelor pad
Photo by Jennie J Sullins
Natural wood grounds a modern space and gives a room a warm, layered feel.
A better bachelor pad
Photo by Jennie J Sullins
To prevent this space from looking cold with the largest furnishings reading very modern—the couch, the Barcelona-style chair and dining table, I introduced wood tones slowly so the homeowner could see the warming-up process evolve. I brought in black-lacquered café chairs with natural cane seats.
Cane seat chairs
Photo by Jennie J Sullins
I painted the bar high-gloss black but left the rattan cabinet panels untouched.
A better bachelor pad
Photo by Jennie J Sullins
I painted a mid-century modern end table russet but kept the drawer front au natural.
Painted end table
Photo by Jennie J Sullins
The coffee table came last. The modern couch and chair’s metal base craved something that didn’t look so new (even though the chair is vintage). The wood table, a Craigslist find, gave a more inviting collected-over-time atmosphere.
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Photo by Jennie J Sullins
Do you have a room that could use a bit of natural wood? I would love to see photos. Remember a few key points:
1. You don’t have to mix paint and wood finishes like I did on the end table and bar. Start with blocks of color. Maybe you have a black dining table and white sideboard. Introduce natural wood chairs or start smaller with a wood-frame mirror.
2. Resist your urge to match. Don’t match furnishings to the floors or to other pieces in the room. Instead find complementing undertones in the wood. Does your wood have warm brown undertones or cool gray undertones? Find tones within the same family.
3. Put touches of wood throughout a space. It can be as small as the coaster set I added to the end table or as large as the coffee table itself. The trick is not to gather all your wood in one spot. Pepper the room with it.