A Guide to: Styling Dark Furniture
Our draw to darker finishes stemmed from exploring the mid-century design movement where pioneers like Eames, Saarinen, and van der Rohe redefined the boundaries of interior aesthetics. It was a period marked by clean lines, functional forms, and a commitment to minimalism. The dark finish captures this era's timeless appeal and channels it into pieces of furniture that seamlessly fit into modern living spaces.
Styling Your Home With Dark Furniture
Mid-century modernism is more than a design style; it's a philosophy that values the marriage of form and function. Our newly introduced darker shades embody this ethos with a rich hue evoking a sense of warmth and sophistication.
Incorporating darker finishes into your home creates a harmonious space for contrasting tones. As a starting point, consider the following styling tips.
1. The Art of Contrast
Darker wood finishes pair beautifully with lighter, neutral tones. Offset the deep richness with light-colored chairs and textiles. This contrast adds visual interest and allows dark finishes to take center stage–a pairing emphasizing the connection between minimal design features and rural inspiration.
2. Metallic Accents
Introduce metallic accents like stainless steel or aluminum to create a sense of juxtaposition and highlight the beauty of dark stained oak. Choose from our sculptural candle holders, steel and aluminum shelves, chairs, lighting, or FRAMA’s steel collection of cutlery and utensils with a matte sand and glass-blasted finish.
3. Natural Textures
Mid-century modernism celebrates natural materials. Incorporate ceramics, glassware, textures like leather, cotton, and linen, or accessories to soften the space and create a tactile contrast. This celebration of natural elements resonates with the charm of rural and farmhouse aesthetics, where simplicity and authenticity reign supreme. Much like the sturdy timbers of a farmhouse and the earthy textures of the countryside, these materials bring a humble warmth to your decor. By blending your space with these organic elements, you create a space that is not only visually appealing but also emotionally resonant, invoking the timeless allure of rural living.
4. Minimalist Décor
Embrace the mid-century philosophy of "less is more." Keep decor items minimal and well-curated to let the presence of your newly incorporated dark finishes shine. By carefully selecting and placing a few key decor pieces, you create a serene and uncluttered interior that allows each element to stand out, making every detail a statement in itself.