If you prefer wood furniture in its stained state, finding different pieces in the same shade of wood is a great way to unify a dissimilar combination of furniture. If you're feeling daring, you can successfully mix up a combo of light and dark woods, but be sure you have enough of both to balance each other. For example, if you have a big dark coffee table, and you want to use smaller end tables in lighter wood, you'll want at least two of the smaller tables so that they have similar visual weight as the coffee table. Metal is a good complement to a contemporary eclectic decorating scheme, but it won't work as well in a formal room.
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