One of the things I love most about Scandinavian interiors is that it frequently involves the use of light, almost white, wood. You see, in Portugal that is not so common, not traditionally anyway, and as a consequence the interiors feel very dark, heavy and grave.
But motivated by the wonderful gift I got from my mother-in-law for Christmas - the limited edition of the Eames Hang-it all, in black and walnut - darker woods have been growing on me. I still don't like the somber atmosphere of a home fully furnished with them but I really love it when it see it applied with moderation, in details.
In a black and white space, a piece made of wood like walnut can create a warm and at the same time a more refined look. And, even though it is something that still "scares" me a bit, I'm finding that mixing different types of wood, with very different tones, can bring amazing results.
|image via Christian Woo|
|photo by Prue Ruscoe . via The Names Agency|
|photo by Sveinung Bråthen . image via Klikk bolig|
|image via Stadshem|
|image via Wall&Decò|
|photo by Anna Kern for Skona Hem . found at The Style Files|
|image via Designspray . image via Republic of Fritz Hansen|
|images via Analogue Life|
What do you think? Do warmer woods work for you?