Go Blonde: Decorative Ways to Embrace Natural Wood

By Kate Riley August 27, 2021

Blonde wood is everywhere, it’s made a major comeback and rightfully so. Natural wood brings a modern organic vibe to a space, especially when it’s paired with white walls or used to create contrast with dark hues.

I chose a blonde wood floating vanity cabinet for the master bathroom in the house I’m remodeling right now, and I’m looking forward to sharing that space when it’s complete. The pale wood tone is so yummy.

However, you don’t need to engage in major renovations to embrace the return of natural wood finishes. Instead, here are four ways to bring blonde wood tones into your home without major remodeling.

Hang floating shelves, or replace existing shelves in built ins with natural wood

ultra shelf

brandon architects


Swap Metal Frames for Wood Finishes

my scandinavian home


salt & sundry


pottery barn

farmhouse living


Trim Windows, Ceilings, Walls, or Room Transitions

via sf girl by bay

apartment therapy

lindye galloway

flavin architects



Decorate with focal point furniture & art

mcgee & co

lindsay hill interiors


pottery barn

blank spaces studio

serena & lily

Are you on board with the return of natural wood?  Where have you brought it into your home?


  1. I love the look of blonde wood but struggle to incorporate it into my existing decor and furniture which has a lot of darker Cherry and espresso tones. How do you mix the two, or is that even possible without a full remodel? Any suggestions or inspiration pics would be greatly appreciated.

    • You can always mix wood tones, up to 3 in a space in my opinion, as long as the undertones don’t compete. For example yellow oak floors and red cherry cabinets don’t work well together. What’s nice is many of the flooring, furniture, and cabinetry choices don’t have those undertones which makes them easy to blend together. Espresso tones are easier to mix with mid to light tone woods, cherry is a little more difficult because of its red undertones, but like I said as long as the undertones don’t compete you should be fine. :)

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