Blonde Wood + How to Use It Everywhere

Feb 19

You know what we are seeing a ton of? All things wood. And more specifically, unfinished and lighter, blonde woods. From natural wood finished cabinetry, to pale wood floors and gorgeous furniture and accessories in lighter tones, the blondies are back in a big way.

 

 

Blonde Wood Resurgence

 

 

This lighter shade of wood is so versatile, fitting a wide range of design styles. Think modern Scandinavian, eclectic, mid-century, or a fresh coastal cottage. But don’t be dissuaded by the early 90’s orange-hued variation. This fresh take will woo you right on over to the blonde side.

Trending: Blonde Wood and Mixed Woods | Modern floating bathroom vanity in blonde wood | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: Rehabitat Interiors

 

In the Bathroom

 

In the bathroom, blonde wood is taking over the vanity landscape. Case in point, the sleek floating vanity above. But it is not just for modern interiors. Blonde wood cabinetry runs the style gamut. Below, a more trad-meets-bohemian take.

Trending: Blonde Wood and Mixed Woods | bathroom vanity in blonde wood | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: Amber Interiors | Photography: Tessa Neustadt

 

Trending: Blonde Wood and Mixed Woods | Modern kitchen design with marble and natural wood finishes | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: Meg Cassidy Creative | Photography: Lauren Miller

 

In the Kitchen

 

Painted cabinetry is still as hot as ever but we are seeing a major resurgence in natural wood cabinetry. From just a pop of wood in the kitchen island to the whole shebang. It adds so much warmth and texture a space and looks beautiful paired with marble countertops.

Trending: Blonde Wood and Mixed Woods | Bright white kitchen with light wood details | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: Studio McGee 

 

On the Floors

 

Once upon a time, dark stained floors were all the rage. In contrast, interiors are now trending towards light, blonde floors and the look of unfinished flooring is even becoming a thing. With this shift, comes a brighter, warmer space.

Trending: Blonde Wood and Mixed Woods | Blonde wood flooring | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: Amber Interiors | Photography: Tessa Neustadt

 

 

Blonde Furniture and Accessories

 

Similarly, this lighter, natural finish works beautifully for furniture and decor. (Insert every current piece in our shopping carts across the internet). Sleek case-goods, coffee tables in just the right shade of blonde and wood bead accessories are just a few of the many great pieces we’re spotting in our design travels.

Trending: Blonde Wood and Mixed Woods | Classic white walls paired with modern living room decor | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: Lindsey Brooke Design

 

Trending: Blonde Wood and Mixed Woods | Blonde wood dining room decor | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: Kate Marker Interiors | Photography: Stoffer Photography

 

Trending: Blonde Wood and Mixed Woods | Cozy and neutral bedroom decor | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: JDP Interiors | Photography: Margaret Austin

 

 

Shop Our Favorite Blonde Wood Looks

 

 

 

Mixing wood tones

 

While we’re on the topic of all things wood, there is another beautiful trend making the rounds – mixing woods. Throw that need to match out the window. Much like mixing metals or pairing prints, a combination of wood finishes gives a space depth and interest.

Trending: Blonde Wood and Mixed Woods | Mixing wood finishes in a classic kitchen | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: Nicole Davis Interiors

 

We have been pinning the heck out of kitchens that pair wood cabinets with a contrasting wood island. Or wood floors with furniture pieces in complementing yet distinct tones.

Trending: Blonde Wood and Mixed Woods | Mixing wood finishes in a classic kitchen | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: Nicole Davis Interiors

 

A good rule of thumb for achieving this look is to stick with two types of wood in contrasting shades. Pairing light with dark easily allows you to blend a myriad of wood tones. Likewise, if you make sure to contrast the wood tone of your flooring with that of your furniture, it will keep the room from looking too flat and blah. Variety is the spice of life as they say.

Trending: Blonde Wood and Mixed Woods | Dark painted kitchen cabinetry with a natural wood island | The Identite Collective

Interior Design: Bria Hammel Interiors | Photography: Aimee Mazzenga

 

Our mantra is quickly becoming “Give us allll the blonde wood.” Whether that is a sea of blondies or you are mixing lighter finishes in with your wood classics, this trend towards the lighter variety is stunning. And if you are on the hunt for a few more pieces to add to your home, check out a handful of our faves from the current McGee & Co. sale happening now!

Colette Desk | Erin Coffee Table | Isaiah Sideboard | Nita Bowl | Wooden Serving Tray

 

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Erin Lepperd is an interior designer – turned digital media editor with a penchant for breathtaking interiors. When she’s not gabbing about design, you’ll find her wrangling her wild and wonderful 5 year old twins, brunching like it’s her job and exploring the wilds of New England as a California transplant.

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  1. Delia Kaplan

    February 19th, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Soo good, Love this blog post. All the images are so inspiring. I am so excited that blonde wood is coming back!
    Thank you for always taking the time to share all the goodies with us 🙂

    Much love IDCO!
    Delia Kaplan
    @ddesign_interiorstyling

  2. acasey

    February 25th, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    Hey Delia! Thank I’m so glad you loved the article. We are SO glad blonde wood is back, because I love the mixture of our dark floors with light wood accents in the room.

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