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Two-Tone Furniture


Two Tone furniture - cherry table top with white base

Two-Tone Triumphs || Unique furniture pieces with two colors

Some things are just better together: classic black and white, wood with metal, sand and sea, pie with ice cream or tea and scones. There are also times when unexpected combinations create the most memorable outcomes. This is especially true inside your home, including with two-tone furniture pieces. Whether your favorite design style is traditional, modern, coastal or eclectic, two-tone style brings your space to the next level, even if it’s just one piece added to your décor.

When you think of two-tone furniture, you often visualize a country antique chest or table with the top in one color, and the base, legs or drawers in a contrasting color. Some two-tone furniture is created with two types of natural wood instead of painting one portion in a different color. Two-tone pieces go beyond farmhouse styles, and come in unique modern interpretations that mix distressed wood with industrial metal details or other materials. Some two-tone pieces combine marble tops with metal legs in intriguing shapes and a variety of finishes.

These two-tone looks work especially well as accent pieces, but can also be a focal point, such as an entire dining room set. Two-tone furniture pieces add visual interest and unique character to your interior, helping to break up the monotony of all one shade. If you have an old piece that has seen better days, repainting it using two different colors can give it a playful, eclectic new look.

For example, one great look would be a dresser with a painted frame, and the drawers and top stained to let the natural wood show through. Two-tone style also livens up an outdoor space, including timeless nautical blue and white on furniture, cushions, toss pillows, rugs or umbrellas.

Unexpected combinations can create the most memorable two-tone furniture pieces.

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Fantastic Farmhouse || Part of the ongoing appeal of farmhouse style involves the vintage quirkiness of two-tone paint and details. For example, you might have a dining set with ladderback chairs and a table with tapered legs, but the white finish features distressed paint details with subtle color variations, and chair seats are upholstered with a subtly contrasting grey

To add even more vintage character, a two-tone server might have a brown wood top, distressed white base, and black metal hardware to create a more rustic look. The combination of two-tone colors along with different materials and finishes creates a striking visual appearance.

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Marvelous Modern || Does your design taste lean more toward modern? Dramatic wow pieces like a console table with a grey or black top and legs in gleaming gold will be a chic attention getter. Likewise, accent tables with marble tops supported by metal bases create a stylish two-tone look. Unique shapes like demilunes, hexagons, and octagons can increase the modern factor as well.

Two-tone style can also be achieved with upholstery. One chic interior design trick is to use dining chairs with seats covered in one fabric and the chair backs in a coordinating pattern. This technique may also be used for living room accent chairs and other upholstered furniture.

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Contrast Finishes & Textures || A more subtle way to use two-tone styles is through finishes and textures. One attractive pairing is to have a piece with a smooth top in one color with a distressed base that has a raised texture or raw edges. It’s also fun to mix matte and shiny finishes on one piece like a polished marble top with matte metallic legs. You can also try pieces that feature a weathered appearance but are accented with shiny hardware.

For a beautiful coastal look, try a painted wood dresser with natural woven drawer fronts or a bench with wooden legs and a woven top. When you put your rooms together, it’s these contrasts that play off each other, and give your home a curated, eclectic, more personal feel.

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